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The Invincible Iron Man: Extremis (Iron Man Vol. IV #1)

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It's the beginning of a new era for Iron Man, and he must face up to a new era of terrifying technologies that threaten to overwhelm fragile mankind! He must find out what Extremis is - and, more importantly, he must figure out who has unleashed it and what its emergence means for the world.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published February 14th 2007 by Marvel (first published November 10th 2004)
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Extremely good story!

This TPB edition collects the comic book issues #1-6 of “Iron Man”, along with a special cover to tie-in with the first live-action movie of “Iron Man”.

Creative Team

Writer: Warren Ellis

Illustrator: Adi Granov


…I always wanted to be more. – Test pilot for the future.

Extremis is the kickin’ point where the creative team of Warren Ellis and Adi Granov defined the comic book character of Iron Man for a new generation. Ellis’ smart writing “updated” the tec
Aug 02, 2014 Kemper rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, superhero, 2014
Being a genius billionaire superhero isn’t all fun and games apparently. Sometimes there are people who want to question your ethics just because you’ve got a past as an arms manufacturer, and then there’s always the chance you’ll get the ever loving crap kicked out of you when some bad guys get their hands on a new bio-weapon.

This is one of the best Iron Man stories I’ve read. It came out a few years before the first movie, and the films would use several of it’s ideas and overall tone. The thi
Nicolo Yu
Jan 25, 2016 Nicolo Yu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: collected-comics
These six issues that comprise the opening story arc on Warren Ellis and Adi Granov’s re-launch of Iron Man became the bible for Jon Favreau’s two Iron Man movies. Ellis set out to re-establish Tony Stark as the chief technologist of Marvel Comics’ twenty-first century and do this without being too fantastic but also grounded in reality. This is helped by the realistic computer generated art of Adi Granov.

Incidentally, Granov also served as a designer of the Iron Man film, so much of the images
Dec 31, 2014 Anne rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

So why am I reviewing a comic book that came out years ago?
Well, there's this movie that came out a while ago about a guy in a metal suit. You may not have heard about it, 'cause I don't think it did very well at the box office...
Ok. Seriously.
Because Warren Ellis' Extremis is the plot that the new Iron Man 3 movie is loosely based on.

For those of you who don't know, Ellis is considered almost god-like to many comic book fans. I've been incredibly unfortunate when it comes to getting
Jan 31, 2016 Terence rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tony Stark has reached his technological limit on how to improve his suit.
Meanwhile a man has been dosed with an experimental technology that works similarly to the super soldier serum. Unfortunately this man is not a good man.
Extremis is on the loose and it's devastatingly effective.

It seems like everyone wants to make a new Captain America of sorts. The goal is bigger, faster, stronger, and more resilient than an ordinary man. It seems as though Maya Hansen has done it. In actuality her techno

After my visit to the U.S.A, I may have brought back a combined total of 12 (or so) newly purchased novels and graphic novels. There was about a 50/50 split. The reason was that of course there are so many more comic book stores in America than Australia (and they are such cool places) and also because the Harvard Bookstore is also an amazing location... Either way that was my weak attempt at a segue into mentioning that I did buy this Extremis graphic novel while overseas. And it was completely
Feb 01, 2016 Katherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comicsy

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Sam Quixote
Mar 29, 2013 Sam Quixote rated it really liked it
A destructive new chemical compound called Extremis that gives the user superhuman powers is set loose onto a domestic terrorist with an agenda to bring down Washington. Cue Tony Stark, flying in to save the day! But even Iron Man isn't able to deal with this threat and must make a life altering choice. We also get the Iron Man origin story here that was used in the Iron Man film (with a few subtle tweaks).

I love Warren Ellis' writing whether it's his weird, original material or more mainstream
May 05, 2012 Mike rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-and-read
This is a story that redefines Iron Man for me for the 21st century. I've re-read this story multiple times, and every time it gives me chills and makes me respect Tony Stark a little more.

Moreso, it makes me respect Ellis as a writer more each time. This is a very tight, compelling read that wastes no time on filler panels, just keeping us sprinting alongside the characters trying to keep up.

Granov brings a very different technique to the visuals - balanced precariously between hyper-realistic
Mar 31, 2015 Aaron rated it it was amazing
Tony Stark is called by his old friend Maya Hansen for help. Her boss, Aldrich Killian, just committed suicide due to his purposeful release of a version of the super-soldier serum known as Extremis. A domestic terrorist, Mallen, has taken it and undergone a frightening transformation, going on a rampage and killing dozens. Stark confronts Mallen as Iron Man and things do not go well, leaving Tony severely injured. Realizing he has reached his limit with his current technology, Tony reprograms E ...more
Jul 08, 2014 Aaron rated it really liked it
I can totally see why Jon Favreau wanted to base the first (and also the third) Iron Man movie off of this book. It's approached about as realistically as possible, with some fantastic, grounded character work for Tony Stark, and big, cool, tech-centered leaps forward for Iron Man. The Iron Man origin story in the first Iron Man is almost exactly the same as the one here, along with the same strong parallels to the War on Terror and our roles therein.

Beyond the similarities to the films, this is
In this fantastic story that redefined both Iron Man and Tony Stark for a new generation of readers, Warren Ellis reboots Iron Man's origin story, destroys him, and rebuilds him even better, complete with a new set of powers. This was the shot in the arm that the Iron Man franchise needed: A dose of Extremis!

Anyone reading Warren Ellis' work knows he's got a fetish for technology, so what better book to let him loose on than Iron Man? The way he explains how the technology works, the ideas he c
Sep 20, 2012 Sesana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: superhumans, comics
Extremis made its mark on the Iron Man movie. Maybe not so much with the plot, but with the way the character of Tony Stark was handled, and with the updated version of his backstory. Here, a (white supremacist) terrorist gets his hands on an attempt to make a new version of the super soldier formula and ends up with super strength and the ability to breathe fire. The story moves very fast, and there's some very satisfying action. I was a little disappointed that the terrorist's purpose and moti ...more
Feb 12, 2014 Callista rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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Jul 11, 2012 Noetic_Hatter rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Iron Man fans, Warren Ellis Fans, Fans of thoughful tech stories with hyper violence
Warren Ellis showcases the Iron Man character at his most interesting, as far as I am concerned. Tony Stark is brilliant, handsome, wealthy, and -- thanks to the armor -- tougher than almost anyone. But he has demons. His fortune is based on weapons and death, and he has never gotten over his alcoholism.

Tony's at a low spot here. His company wants him to step down from CEO and, like Bill Gates, be Chief Tech Officer. And then an old friend of his has her Extremis formula stolen. Iron Man goes a
Apr 27, 2015 Bucletina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fefu-insiste
Cuando Fefu insiste, en general tiene razón. La calidad de cualquier cómic de superhéroes depende directamente del talento de su autor, así que teniendo en cuenta la presencia de Ellis, el resultado no podía ser malo.
Sobre el guión, comienza con un llamativo intento de mea culpa por parte de Stark respecto de lo que su mega empresa ha facilitado con los años, de las vidas que ha colaborado a eliminar, de las guerras en las que ha sido parte fundamental. Comienza con mucha fuerza, poniendo todo
Paul Grimsley
May 24, 2008 Paul Grimsley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
A great re-imagining of the old Iron Man. I remember watching the original black and white tv series. I don't know why the idea fell out of favour with me but Stark is interesting in the same way that Batman is -- a human possessed of the resources to do something about the problems they see in the world. Stark has the added layer of being out in the open to a degree and using military money to fund his ventures, so there is that whole political dimension which isn't there with Batman. I really ...more
Crystal Starr Light
Very impressed. A perfect place for someone new to Iron Man (or has only seen the movie) to start. It's thoughtful and interesting with extremely well drawn action scenes.

Thank you to the one who recommended this to me!
Harrison Delahunty
Dec 10, 2015 Harrison Delahunty rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Iron Man: Extremis. When I saw this as one of Iron Man's most popular books, I immediately wanted to pick it up. Why not? I've always liked the Golden Avenger, and anything considered a high note in his career was something I wanted on my shelf. why was it so darn disappointing?

Extremis starts with dingy art and an almost gross attempt at photorealism. It starts with a stoic, irritatingly blank Tony Stark that doesn't do much other than have an existential crisis or something. Honestly? I
May 31, 2012 Lloyd rated it it was amazing
Despite being a comic book geek for over twenty years now, I've never really gotten into any Iron Man book or read the character with and consistency at all. I think I picked the right book to start with.

It's been called a brilliant re-imagining of the Iron Man character and is penned by one of my absolute favorite writers, Warren Ellis.

Basically, a dose of a more technologically enhanced version of the Super Soldier serum (you know, the stuff that made Steve Rogers into Captain America) has bee
Jun 17, 2010 Sophie rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, e-book
Well, so much for my resolve to not fall for Tony. Not that I had that much of resolve, really, and it's all Steve's fault anyway, but. Well. I liked this much more than I expected to. Of course, at this point I knew all I had to know about Extremis from fanfiction, but it was still a good read. Here, Tony - upgrades. In a way that makes me want to slap him because it's really, really stupid and suicidal, but hey, it's been a while since I've read a comic where I didn't feel that way at some poi ...more
Apr 28, 2013 Michael rated it it was amazing
One of the best Iron Man stories. The big threat in this story is Extremis, which is nanotechnology that reshapes the person it is injected into. This story has heavily influenced the Iron Man movies, including upgrading Tony Stark's origin so that he was in Afghanistan, as opposed to Vietnam, when he was captured and built his first Iron Man suit, as well as confronting the morality of a superhero making his fortune manufacturing weapons. It has also been rumored that Iron Man 3 will be using e ...more
Chris Thomas
May 18, 2013 Chris Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
I'm not really an avid comic reader and I bought this mainly because I've been binging on too much Big Bang Theory and needed a Geek Fix. So, when I do buy a comic book I like to make sure I'm buying something worthwhile! This did not disappoint.

This set of comics was released before the Iron Man movie and so it was cool to see where they got some of the ideas for the suit. I also tend to gravitate towards comics written by Warren Ellis. There's something about his dialogue that is devoid of the
Jun 02, 2010 Kennis rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
I really did not care for the digital artwork: lacked detail and depth. It reminded me of really early computer animation! The story was decent, but I really was not impressed. Very underwhelming. Also, turning Tony Stark into a robot/computer, I think, really detracts from the character - it takes away his humanity - which makes it really hard to relate to him. I always thought of Tony Stark/Iron Man as Marvel's Bruce Wayne/Batman. They are both men, very rich and intelligent men, but a men non ...more
Aug 03, 2015 Sineala rated it it was amazing
Ah, the beginning of volume 4 of Iron Man, the last time Iron Man was actually good -- at least, that's what I've heard. I've never read all of v4 before, so I'm along for the ride.

Extremis is awesome. You know Warren Ellis is going to hit the transhumanism and futurism themes hard; I know people often credit the appeal of Iron Man to him being, well, a regular guy in a suit, and in this run he really really isn't... and I think it works for him. Of course he puts a computer in his brain. Of cou
Mar 24, 2015 Logan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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So i bought this book because i heard this is what Iron Man 3 was (Supposed to be) based on, so i read this before hand but the movie completely disappointed. But any way the story is that a new drug/Bio-Weapon is being developed called Extremis, which is suppose to make Super-Solider serum obsolete. IRON MAN finds out and he has to stop it. Great story great artwork, a few twists and surprises, overall a great IRON MAN story!
This is the compilation of Iron Man volume IV issues 1-6. It is a type of reboot of Iron Man's origin story as well as creating a new type of villain that he cannot defeat with any of his Iron Man armors. I have read this compilation a couple of times previously; I mainly re-read it this time because I wanted to see how it compared to the novelization of the same series.

We find out that Maya Hansen has co-created a new enhanced bioweapon that genetically alters the human body to improve it as we
Jul 21, 2014 Andy rated it liked it
Similar to Daredevil, I've been meaning to get around to reading some Iron Man (the Matt Fraction run looked good) but I guess Extremis was always on the cards, especially after the recent movie.

It's an interesting tale, serving as an intro and a new start for a new era. For such an important story it seems quite small. The complete status change of Tony brings him more into line with what most people know (and the influence on the movies is obvious), though I have to say his character is a litt
Timothy Stone
Jan 31, 2014 Timothy Stone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorite characters in the Marvel Comics universe is Iron Man. Even before the recent films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as it's called, were released, I really liked the character from the cartoons I watched in the '90's when I was younger. Since I have recently decided to read more Marvel Comics stories, I chose to give Iron Man a try.

I chose The Invincible Iron Man: Extremis as the one to read due to the fact that it is a basis for the third Iron Man film, which is a loose adap
May 23, 2015 Dorin rated it really liked it
a strange style of drawing to which I got accustomed to fast, an interesting plot and a small twist at the end make this volume one of the good ones. Tony Stark, sober, has to face an overpowered enemy and the public judgment regarding his involvement in arms dealing. Of course, he won't back down in front of either.
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Warren Ellis is the award-winning writer of graphic novels like TRANSMETROPOLITAN, FELL, MINISTRY OF SPACE and PLANETARY, and the author of the NYT-bestselling GUN MACHINE and the “underground classic” novel CROOKED LITTLE VEIN. The movie RED is based on his graphic novel of the same name, its sequel having been released in summer 2013. His graphic novel GLOBAL FREQUENCY is in development at Jerry ...more
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