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The Invincible Iron Man, Vol. 1: The Five Nightmares (The Invincible Iron Man #1)

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  3,394 ratings  ·  138 reviews
Tony Stark - Iron Man, billionaire industrialist, and director of S.H.I.E.L.D. - faces the most overwhelming challenge of his life. Ezekiel Stane, the son of Tony's late business rival and archenemy Obadiah, has set his sights, his genius, and his considerable fortune on the task of destroying Tony Stark and Iron Man. What's worse, he's got Iron Man tech, and he's every bi ...more
Hardcover, 184 pages
Published December 17th 2008 by Marvel (first published 2008)
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Alejandro
Bold story arc to start the title


I got this in its single issues but I chose this edition to be able to do a better overall review.


I AM IRON MAN

This title was a kinda of "reboot" of the ongoing Invincible Iron Man doing it as a smart marketing strategy to take advantage of the huge success of the first live-action film of Iron Man.

So, the title gets a treatment of #1 numbered issue "starting" again the title to encourage new readers to get into the comic books of Iron Man, and...

...it worked!
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Kemper
The 5 nightmares of Tony Stark:

1) Running out of WD-40.
2) Getting the blue screen of death in mid-flight.
3) Having a bad case of food poisoning kick in and not being able to get out of the armor before a very unpleasant incident occurs.
4) Paternity lawsuits.
5) Robert Downey Jr. decides to quit playing Iron Man in the movies.

OK, actually the five nightmares that Tony tells us about in the narration of this mostly revolve around the loss of control of the Iron Man technology. Unfortunately, Ezekie
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Jeff
Oct 20, 2014 Jeff rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: comix
This may or may not have been a buddy read with my bestest pal, Anne. I've lost track.

Tony Stark painted his original grey armor yellow because the grey one was scary and it made some kid cry. If that happened in his current capacity as director of SHIELD, he’d lock the little crybaby away in the Negative Zone for twenty years.

Crazy dads and even crazier kids. Obadiah Stane, bald, Iron Monger, dead because of Tony Stark (sort of). Ezekiel Stane, his son, not bald, genius, crazy as a loon and gun
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Anne
Buddy read with The Jeff.
His review is *sigh* better than mine, so you may want to check it out.

*There may be some spoilers in this*

Anyway, this is a re-read for me, and I have to admit I wasn't as awe-struck this time around. My original rating was 5 stars, but I'm letting it stand, because this was such an awesome introduction to the character for me at the time.

The premise is that Tony has 5 Worst Case Scenarios buzzing around in the back of his mind, when it comes to his Iron Man tech.
And al
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Sam Quixote
I’m not going to list exactly what the five nightmares of the title are because they’re kind of the same thing - basically, Tony loses control of the Iron Man tech, they proliferate, and it gets used for evil. And whaddayaknow? It comes true. The son of Obadiah Stane (Jeff Bridges in the first Iron Man movie) goes nuts like his dad and uses his genius to subvert Stark Tech, incorporate it into his body alongside Extremis and becomes a terrorist out to sink Stark Enterprises and kill Tony.

Matt F
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Erik
Many fanboys – not to mention one or two Marvel Studios insiders – are placing bets that Fraction’s current run on the recalibrated Invincible Iron Man title will prove to be the inspiration, if not the literal basis, for the Iron Man sequel that’s slated to begin filming in the next year. And if this first volume collecting the initial seven issues are any indication, that would be a sweet thing indeed.

Other than selling-out to the Feds in last year’s Civil War event, as well as experiencing a
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Ben
I just wrote reviews of volumes 1 and 2 of Cassanova and am starting to feel my enthusiasm for Matt Fraction become tainted by the fact that everything I read of his is so freaking good. Seriously, the guy can't be that much older than me and manages not only to write the best "small press-anything goes-cause hey, we're making art-style" books on the market but also comes into the Marvel Universe and just completely houses. The man single-handedly pulls me back to a non-Morrison or Whedon-X-men ...more
Gavin
This was my 2nd time reading this, the beginning of the Invincible Iron Man series written by Matt Fraction. I think I underestimated it before...this is the beginning of what turns out to be quite a series. Here Ezekiel Stane, yes, son of that Stane, uses old Stark tech to set off suicide bombers all over the world, and the only way Tony can stop him ends up starting his own downward spiral. Also featuring Spider Man in an appearance when he's actually a wanted criminal (Registration Act)...A g ...more
Bludhaven
Tony Stark has many reasons to have nightmares. His biggest fear is that his technology could fall into the wrong hands. As a business man he knows how hard it is to keep technology like the Iron Man suit a secret. (We've had Armor Wars after all.) And, of course, his greatest fear comes true, when parts of his technology are used for terrorist attacks.

This is a suspenseful story that puts Tony into a hard place, back pressed against a wall. The ending was really good, probably the best part of
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Sridhar Reddy
Matt Fraction's Eisner Award-winning Iron Man series takes a page from the wonderful film adaptation in that the story is more about Tony Stark and less about the Iron Man. Fraction crafts wonderfully complete characters and writes with a contemporary wit that thankfully does not rely upon pop-culture references.

'Invincible Iron Man' is a solid bit of work with just enough polemics and geopolitics to make it relevant. In particular I enjoyed an exchange of dialogue where Stark conducts a buyout
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Brad
This second Iron Man title is the closest thing to the movie Marvel's publishing, and it's great. Tony Stark takes on Ezekiel Stane, the son of the movie villain, who's outfitting terrorists with Iron Man-like suicide bombs. The science doesn't make that much sense (our bodies are giant batteries that can be exploded, I guess), but it's lots of fun.
The only things holding this back from all five stars are the occasionally annoying art--the coloring on Salvador Larroca's faces sometimes looks we
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Dan
Jun 09, 2009 Dan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2009, comics
I had no idea that they had so quickly retconned the 616's Tony Stark's origin to sync up with the movie version (so he was injured in the Middle East rather than Korea). Despite that, this was a fun read. I'm not sure what happened to Salvador Larocca's art, though. I remember his work fondly from when he did X-Treme X-Men, and the lovely way it was colored without using an inker. In this book, the pencils themselves seem to have changed, and there several instances I felt compelled to double c ...more
Jasmine
I finally understand what people mean when they say Tony is a futurist.
Dufour
Very enjoyable. Probably the first Iron Man volume I'd hand someone who wanted to read Iron Man after seeing the movie. Fraction does a great job looking at the immediacy of terrorism and its evolution when technology like Stark's hits the market. If this is indicative of the rest of Fraction's run, I'll have to pick up future volumes.

Larroca's art, as always, stuns. He definitely ups the ante when it comes to technological drafting and the like, a hallmark of Iron Man stories. The question real
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Matt
Good comics.

** Yeah, I should say more.

This does what a comic book about a guy flying around in a suit of armour should do. Fraction's scripts are lean with just enough characterization and action to make both vital and a glimpse into the mind of one of the world's smartest men that's exciting and a bit scary. Larocca's found, with this series, a mix of his big-booby cartoonyness of his X-Men and FF work and his too-photo-referenced work of newuniversal. Great stuff and I'm jonesing for the next
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Jack
Jul 20, 2009 Jack rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: comics
Really dug all aspects of this book. Even though Iron Man is basically the big jerk of the Marvel Universe after all the Civil War stuff, this title made me really appreciate the complexity of the character -- what he stands for, why he supports the things he does (like the Registration Act), and how trying valiantly to balance the good with the necessary torments him. Character-wise, this is great stuff. Combine this with a tense storyline featuring super-suicide bombers and you've got a real w ...more
Don
Matt Fraction continues to impress; his understanding of Tony Stark's complex psyche is astounding, multifaceted and sobering. Larroca's art is likewise gorgeous, whether he's rendering humans or any of the ubiquitous and varied Stark tech around. I had drifted away from Iron Man because I wasn't sure if the character was all that interesting anymore; I'm happy to say that Fraction and Larroca have changed my mind. Enormously.
Kim
This is a nice intro to the comics world of Iron Man off of the movie. It subtlely reworks some of comics canon, or at least selectively chooses it in order not to confuse movie Iron Man fans. I liked the story, especially the Tony/Pepper moments. It works as a sequel to the movie, for fans who need more.
Kate
Tony Stark has a few nightmares that keep him up at night. One of those is that someone will improve the Iron Man technology and that someone won't be him. The son of an old foe comes onto the scene and he has upgraded the technology in terrifying ways and cannot be bought over or stopped. Or so it seems. Considering how terrible the tech is on its own, and Pepper's own feelings on it when she has to deal with a lot of it herself, you can't help but fear right along with Tony. The Epilogue story ...more
Philip Athans
LOVED THIS! Now I need to seek out issues 20+ and get hooked back into the Marvel Universe in general. Wow!
Sarah
Tony Stark, you have too many boyfriends.
Lloyd
When deciding to read some Iron Man books after Robert Downey, Jr. knocked the character out of the park in the Avengers-related films, I went to one of my favorite authors first (with Warren Ellis's "Extremis"), and then on to Matt Fraction's run, which, as of my writing of this review, still continues.

I've got to agree with what many folks have said in reading this first volume of Fraction's run: It takes all the best elements of the Iron Man films and adds a little more to make this one a fin
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Gayle Francis Moffet
Matt Fraction holds the distinction of writing my very favorite version of Tony Stark and Pepper Potts. And not only that, but he did after the Civil War arc (hated it), and in the midst of Secret Invasion (liked it a bit more). He gives us a Tony who, while a superhero, is not a superhero first. Tony's an industrialist who is trying to save the world through innovation and invention. He's a superhero as well because it makes it easier for him to do what he wants to do: Make a world where he's n ...more
Adam Graham
This book is set in the aftermath of the Marvel Civil War with Tony Stark still director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Stark's nightmares center around the acquisition of dangerous weapons including the Iron Man Armor by terrorist factions.

Ezekiel Stane, son of his 1980s enemy, Obadiah creates a new nightmare for Stark with his decision to use bio-weapons to commit mass murder and to strike at the heart of Stark and civilization itself.

The book itself reflects our 21st Century concerns about terrorism, the sa
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P Fosten
Erik Larsen ruined this for me. Well, not directly but just something he said recently on Twitter. He was talking about his comic 'The Savage Dragon' and how as it was set in real time, he had no time to waste. Everything had to move plot and/or character forward.

So that was very much in my head when reading this. And it's true even if your character isn't in real time. Everything should be moving plot and/or character forward and this.... doesn't. Matt Fraction has a good story here about Tony
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Carlos Eguren
¿A quién no le caía mal Tony Stark tras la Civil War? Recordemos que este millonario, playboy y filántropo se había convertido en partidario del Acta de Registro que obligaba a los superhéroes a desvelar su identidad, hecho que le enfrentó al Capitán América. Al final, Stark conseguiría vencer y convertirse en director de S.H.I.E.L.D. (un pluriempleo pese a todas las jugarretas que le habían hecho los amigos- entonces enemigos- de Nick Furia). Es decir, Tony te caía mal pese a que su posición fu ...more
Cameron
About midway through The Five Nightmares there's a conversation between Tony Stark and the board of a cola company that I'm sure there's more to than we're seeing. It goes like so:

COLA BOARD DIRECTOR: Mr. Stark... You're buying us for our vending machines to sell a drink you don't even like?
TONY STARK: No. I'm buying you for vending machines from which we'll distribute antiretrovirals and--once we get it--the AIDS vaccine, all across the third world. Your vending machines are going to save more
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Theddy Blanc
Iron Man has become an iconic figure in the last few years due to the blockbuster hits. A billionaire doubling as a superhero is a formula that has enjoyed incredible success and Iron Man is no different. “The Five Nightmares” written by Matt Fraction however digs far deeper as it seeks to explore Tony Starks personal demons as he struggles with a contradicting code and a deeply rooted self hatred. The storyline follows Tony Stark as he discovers a new threat in rising technological entrepreneur ...more
Herman Gigglethorpe
The Invincible Iron Man series by Matt Fraction is a good place to begin with Iron Man comics for fans of the Robert Downey Jr. movies, though it does have some events that may be confusing to the uninitiated. I am no expert on comics, though I have some experience reading Marvel comics and watching Linkara's reviews on Atop The Fourth Wall.

"The Five Nightmares" in the title refers mostly to Tony Stark's fear that his enemies will find out how to build Iron Men of their own, or even surpass Tony
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Renata
I feel like this series was designed to be friendly to those who have seen the movie but not read any other Iron Man comics, which is basically me. So... hooray.

I wasn't totally clear on what was up with Pepper? Like, Maria Hill was bitching about her being Tony's secretary but Tony said he was the only one he trusted to run the company when he was away, and (view spoiler)
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"How he got started in comics: In 1983, when Fraction was 7 years old and growing up in Kansas City, Mo., he became fascinated by the U.S. invasion of Grenada and created his own newspaper to explain the event. "I've always been story-driven, telling stories with pictures and words," he said.

Education and first job: Fraction never graduated from college. He stopped half a semester short of an art
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