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Ultimate Comics Iron Man: Armor Wars

3.36  ·  Rating Details  ·  366 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
Exploding from the ruins of ULTIMATUM, Tony Stark races against time to save his crippled corporation and stop the theft of his armored arsenal! Superstar writer WARREN ELLIS (ULTIMATE HUMAN) teams up with rising talent STEVE KURTH (IRON MAN) to bring you a globe-spanning, high-octane thriller with a blast from Tony's past that you've gotta see to believe! COLLECTING: Ulti ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published October 13th 2010 by Marvel (first published January 4th 2010)
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Sam Quixote
Oct 17, 2014 Sam Quixote rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The world has been devastated by war and economic collapse and poor Tony Stark is down to his last $100 million! Going back to his ruined New York offices, he sees a thief wearing part of an Iron Man armor break into his offices and disappear! Then a mysterious girl also wearing Iron Man armor shows up to help catch the thief. Suddenly the race is on for Stark to stop his armor from falling into the wrong hands!

As you might tell from the title, Armor Wars has a lotta guys wearing Iron Man suits
Nicolo Yu
Jul 29, 2012 Nicolo Yu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: collected-comics
Warren Ellis really knows how to write Ton Stark, whether in the regular Marvel Universe or the Ultimate version. His Stark is suave, super-smart, wealthy and a visionary. The only difference between regular and Ultimate flavors is that the latter is still an inveterate alcoholic.

It wasn’t too much if a stretch for Ellis to write this Iron Man. But the character’s circumstances have changed much from the first time I encountered him on Millar and Hitch’s Ultimates. The aftermath of Ultimatum cri
Milo (Bane of Kings)
"Iron Man: Armour Wars is a fun, action-packed and brilliantly entertaining graphic novel that should not be missed for fans of Tony Stark."

 Exploding from the ruins of ULTIMATUM, Tony Stark races against time to save his crippled corporation and stop the theft of his armoured arsenal! Superstar writer WARREN ELLIS (ULTIMATE HUMAN) teams up with rising talent STEVE KURTH (IRON MAN) to bring you a globe-spanning, high-octane thriller with a blast from Tony’s past that you’ve gotta see to believ
Oct 23, 2010 Alan rated it really liked it
Yes, Warren Ellis has his faults as a writer. Fortunately, his work for hire work avoids the pitfalls of much of his creator owned work. Marvel Comics hired him to re-imagine the classic Armor War tale for their Ultimate line. The portrayal of Tony Stark is dead on for this version of the character, and the underlying cynical humor fits my taste. There is one big reveal that we can all see coming from light years away, but it didn't distract too much from my enjoyment of the tale.

Ellis does what
Maurice Carlos Ruffin
[From about age nine until about age fourteen I was a card-carrying comic book fanatic. Ma brought me to Bookworm Comics every Wednesday. Ms. Pauline, the store's elderly owner, maintained a folder with my name on it behind the counter. From the moment I finished reading my purchases from the previous week, I daydreamed about what would happen next in the complex lives of the Uncanny X-Men, Captain America, and dozens of other characters in colorful costumes. Although, I grew out of that phase, ...more
Crystal Starr Light
Oct 10, 2014 Crystal Starr Light rated it really liked it
Quite enjoyable. I was able to jump right in and get the swing of things without feeling lost. Though I did predict some of the ending, particularly pertaining to one character.
Mar 11, 2014 Stephen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The speculative fiction aspect of this book was okay. But it was the story itself that was the problem. While I did figure out how Tony Stark's DNA lock was cracked, leading to his technology being used to oppress people, that was all I was able to guess. The rest of this thing was thing was all over the place. Nanobots, mini MODOCs in a human shell, a bunch of nearly mute/generic guys in armor...and a slightly unpleasant ending surprise that I would hate to all adds up to a hot mess ...more
Nov 28, 2010 Mike rated it liked it
Popcorn tale from my favourite writer. Imaginative ideas, fast-paces tale, but somehow made me feel like "is that it?" when it was over.
Mar 17, 2016 Davy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a good, solid Iron Man-story. The story takes places after Ultimatum, I didn't read that one and following the reviews here I will probably never will, but it doesn't matter. New York is destroyed, but in the Marvel world the city gets ruined after every main event, so this story can also take place after Fear Itself, or Infinity or United We Fall Divided We Stand, and Tony Stark is losing his empire, his money, his tech and his Iron Man armors. So he gets on a quest to recover them all, ...more
Apr 09, 2015 Sean rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Marvel completists
The greatest thing about the Ultimate Universe is that great ideas can be re-imagined and modernized, while becoming a different kind of great. Here Ultimate Tony Stark, who is almost unlikable, is dealing with one of the coolest ideas from the regular universe, armor wars, and it falls woefully short of the original. The obvious double cross, lackluster villains, insanely bad familial connection, and random globetrotting lead to phoned in revision that seems completely unnecessary. The bright s ...more
It's Armor Wars, Ults-style!

I am reading a semi-random selection of Ultimate Marvel stories in approximately chronological order and this is the first one I have actually really enjoyed. As in Armor Wars, Tony's tech is stolen and misused and he has to track down the people behind it. (I will forgive Warren Ellis for not including the Cap cameo that is, let's be honest, really the high point of the original Armor Wars.

This is Ults Tony drinking, shooting people, drinking more, and being betrayed
Jul 29, 2014 Sorcha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the wake of devastation brought on by Ultimatum, Earth has become a harsh place to live. Most of the world's heroes are dead or missing. New York, once the capital of the world, is now a waterlogged husk of it's former self.

But Iron Man remains vigilant. Until, that is, he learns that his advanced technology has been stolen by the Ghost, a corporate mercenary with his own modified suit of armour.

And matters go from bad to worse when Justine Hammer, the daughter of one of Tony's rivals tells S
Deciding not to skirt around the issue of a Manhattan still layered with dead people and all the debris you'd expect if New York Harbor suddenly washed over the city, Warren Ellis has Tony Stark be one of the first to enter the city since the 'Ultimatum Wave'.

In doing so he discovers that a substantial amount of Iron Man tech has been stolen and sold in the seedy super-criminal/weirdo/crazy underworld. Along for the ride is Justine Hammer, the daughter of, you guessed it, Justin Hammer, who was
Artur Coelho
Um registo muito morno para Warren Ellis. Nesta série do universo Ultimate um alcoólico e mulherengo Homem de Ferro luta contra versões da sua armadura, roubadas por hackers do submundo super-criminoso e adaptadas para fins imprevistos. Acompanhado por uma bela criminosa com poderes nanotecnológicos um Tony Stark em pré-falência saltita pela Europa no jacto particular, adiciona a companheira ao clube da milha e vai derrotando diferentes versões da sua armadura até ao inevitável confronto final c ...more
Sep 22, 2011 Andy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I got this way back at the time I got the other Ultimate Iron Man trades and after the general lack of enthusiasm I felt about those I sat on this for a while. Today I felt like something light and easy to distract from the devastating earthquake up in Christchurch at lunch time. Forgetting of course that this starts immediately after the Ultimatum aftermath.

It's definitely a light read and clearly Tony doesn't let major destruction ruin his day (or indeed make him think that maybe he should be
Jun 01, 2014 Diana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well. Wsn't a gread read. The ending was great, though. But the ride wasn't worth it. Kind of boring, it keep throwing things in the way without much coherence, at least for me. The ending surprises you and that is what makes me give it a two stars review instead of one.
Kevin Hull
Fast moving, somewhat twisted Iron Man yarn from Warren Ellis. Nothing too special, but the ending is particularly powerful.
May 29, 2014 Dan rated it really liked it
I liked this much better than previous volumes. Interesting ending,and I didn't see that coming.
Sean Brennan
Oct 18, 2014 Sean Brennan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Must admit I have a real soft spot for The Ultimate Tony Stark! Mighty Fine!
Sean Brennan
Jul 05, 2015 Sean Brennan rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
A second reading and still highly enjoyable!
Mar 06, 2012 Mely rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, read-seq-art
This is a really quite good short series about Tony Stark's interaction with a screwed-over genetically enhanced superwoman up until the final chapter, which culminates in not one but two absolutely ridiculous revelations, and then focuses entirely on Tony's not inconsiderable man pain -- a pretty big come-down from the opening, which focuses more on the huge devastation wrought by a recent apocalypse from series I did not read or did read but do not remember because it was completely overwrough ...more
Ted Child
May 08, 2010 Ted Child rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Ellis not doing anything too serious here. As always I find it annoying when Ellis geeks-out like in the first issue. The second issue is a bunch of one-liners that sometimes work and sometimes fall flat. And in typical Ellis fashion by the end of the book he has turned it all around to write something very interesting and good. Would Ellis be better, like over the top good, if his output was a little less, if he focused his genius a little more sharply, I can never decide.
Oct 28, 2010 Andrew rated it liked it
Ultimate Iron Man: Armor Wars
By Ellis and Kurth

This story takes place after the events in Ultimatum, which left New York flooded. The story is about Tony stark (Iron Man) who is fighting to get his stolen Iron Man technology and destroy it. He feels that if his technology is used by the wrong people it could do a lot of harm to innocent people.

I would recommend this too people that like lots of action

Joe Odran Doran
Mar 13, 2012 Joe Odran Doran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good story with great art, that captures the duality of Tony Stark brilliantly by contrasting his witty alcoholic exterior with his inner deep loneliness.

Plots gets a bit silly at times for my taste, and some of the twists seem a little too out of the blue, but they don't hinder the presentation of Tony at all, and that's what a one-shot is all about really, isn't it, developing that one character.
James Hurley
As graphic novels go, the art was better than the story. There was some potential to the story, but it seemed to force the relationship between Stark and the Hammer character. A page or two more of development of that relationship would have made the ending more poignant. Instead, it fell flat as melodrama. Still, as a bargain book at books a million, it was worth the three or four bucks.
Jun 06, 2013 Joe rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was okay.
ANother Ulimate Universe title that I feel suffered from "short-attention span" writing.
We, the reader are asked to follow a slightly disjointed story with big verbal gaps and odd page arrangements.
Yet still okay...[I guess]
Nov 08, 2012 Hrishi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't like the reveal about the villain of the piece (too contrived) but the art was great and the story gripping till the end. Leaves Tony Stark in a very interesting place at the end
Oct 06, 2014 Brent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Warren Ellis
Recommended to Brent by: these fine creators and Atlanta-Fulton Public Library
Shelves: comics, fiction, superhero
The great, warped sf style of Warren Ellis is well-suited for this brief superhero fight saga set in the Marvel Ultimate line.
Well-suited art, too!
Stu West
"Tony Stark hunts down his stolen technology" is a pretty good premise, but this take on it suffers from some stiff art and a phoned-in job from Ellis. Passes the time.
Indah Threez Lestari
The plot is too light, the ending is too easy. But it's okay if you wanna read something without much thinking.
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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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