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The Invincible Iron Man by Warren Ellis
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Jul 11, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2012read, comics-digital, comics, 2012-comics, comics-marvel
Recommended for: Iron Man fans, Warren Ellis Fans, Fans of thoughful tech stories with hyper violence
Read on July 11, 2012 , read count: 1

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 after the guy and promptly gets his ass handed to him. So much for overconfidence. He has to make some major changes to his relationship to the suit, changes that will set him up for the events of the coming years -- Civil War, SHIELD, and Fraction's brilliant run.

A superb tale that asks questions about what it means to try to do good in penance for past wrongs. The art is stunning. Do be warned, though -- this story is hyperviolent. I have never read an Iron Man story with so much blood. It's not disturbing, as such, but it's not for kids. This is not the book to hand an 8 yr old who fell in love with Tony and IM through the films.
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