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Iron Man, Volume 1: Believe

(Iron Man (2012) (Collected Editions) #1)

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  1,283 ratings  ·  136 reviews
Tony Stark is Iron Man: Technological visionary, wealthy playboy, unparalleled engineer, and armored Avenger. But in one terrifying instant, his greatest invention becomes his greatest mistake. The lethal techno virus Extremis is out in the wild and out for grabs to the highest bidder! Introducing the Circle, a mysterious high-tech brotherhood of mech-knights, as Tony's hu ...more
Hardcover, Premiere, 136 pages
Published April 16th 2013 by Marvel (first published November 7th 2012)
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Aug 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, superhumans
Mixed feelings. On one hand, I do appreciate that the storyline is self contained. It starts here, and it's over with here. You don't need much canon background, other than a passing knowledge of Extremis. I already had that, but you could probably pick up everything you needed to know from this collection. And parts of the story are very fun.

That said, I did take issue with some aspects of this book, namely the art. Land seems to have a hard time drawing convincing expressions, especially on th
Nicolo Yu
Apr 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The introductory arc of Gillen's run in Iron Man is a direct sequel to Warren Ellis' seminal Extremis
story-line. It's Tony Stark's worst nightmare, the science that made him the best Iron Man he could in the hands of the weapon merchants A.I.M.

I actually appreciated this approach by Gillen because Extremis is much more familiar to me than Matt Fraction's Iron Man, whose work on the character preceded Gillen's. It also helped that the Iron Man sequel released this year borrowed heavily from Elli
Chelsea 🏳️‍🌈
DNF - this book is terrible. Don't read this.

This is like one of those posts where someone gave a robot and algorithm and asked them to write a Seinfeld script. Only, this robot was given the first 5 minutes of the 2008 Iron Man film and told to write an Iron Man comic. The art is awful, as well. The women don't have human proportions and don't appear to have bones in normal places. The writing is.... *sighs*

Just avoid at all costs.

2019 is the year of me no longer giving a f*ck about DNF-ing boo
Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review:

I've not been an Iron Man fan for long, and I've by no means read his entire repertoire, but geez, this was so not worth $20.

The Extremis virus is back and Tony must hunt down the four clusters, if you will, out there. Cue lots of "monster of the week" plot lines - a goofy Arthurian one, a somewhat more interesting one involving a drug dealer and his dying daughter, an OK if not terribly well explained one with 13 brainwashed women and the last, a plot involving enhancing humans to
Jesse A
Jan 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Pretty decent. I wasn't a fan of Fraction's run with IM and this was one was more fun than that series. This book still felt super disjointed. A lot of easy villians for Tony to wipe out. Gives it a pretty slight feeling. Still willing to move forward with this series.
Didn't love it, didn't hate it. Quite a bit of meh to my feelings.

When did the chick who engineered Extremis become a good guy? I missed something, didn't I? Somebody tell me what I missed!

Tony tracks down Extremis kits that have been sold to various villains and even to some not-so-bad guys.
The King Arthur storyline was by far the lamest, and the demon-chick at the end was by far the most confusing.
In between there was a lot of that meh I mentioned.
Jun 17, 2015 rated it liked it
This is my first iron man book and I was expecting this to be massively crap, but it wasn't. I actually enjoyed it.

I always thought iron man is good on screen, but he's never worked for me in comics. This kept me entertained until the end, but I don't think I'd read vol.2 unless it was on sale.

I'm wondering if I need to check out any of his old stuff....hmmmm where to start? Anyone?

Apart from some dodgy smiles from Tony in this, it was quite entertaining.
Sam Quixote
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
A very disappointing start to the relaunched title of one of Marvel's biggest heroes. There's not much original about the book, Gillen's writing is so-so while Land's art all but sinks the book. Full review here! ...more
Jan 17, 2013 rated it did not like it
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May 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: a, comics
This was the first Iron Man comic I've read since Ellis's Extremis. Oddly, it picks up the Extremis story-line. Some bad guy has stolen the technology and sold it to some people. The book is very episodic with each chapter concerning Stark retrieving the technology from another buyer. This makes for a fairly predictable story, but the author keeps it interesting by the variety of characters and the varying uses the buyers used the technology for. Some use it for evil, some for good (in an ideali ...more
May 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This wasn’t particularly great. It felt messy but also boring as hell. Not much happens, but it is a contained story for once. I appreciate that it basically continues the continuity of the extremis storyline and doesn’t involve any crossover event. But it was just boring and generic. Nothing exciting happens and pepper is basically here to push the story forward by questioning why Tony is acting like an idiot. And boy is he acting a fool. This is one of the worst characterizations I’ve seen of ...more
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Like many of the comic book omnibuses I've been reading lately, this features amazing artwork and a great storyline...but a bit too much sultriness, blood, and profanity.
Oct 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
OK, so finally my library got this in, and Vol. 2! I was excited, as I am with all Marvel NOW! Books, versus DC New 52, where I have a feeling that sits somewhere between utter dread and ambivalence.

Good stuff: I actually liked the idea of Tony having to go around to shut down the people who'd bought Black-Market Extremis, sort of paying penance for his involvement.

Some of the various Iron Man armours are on display here, I thought the liquid smart-metal armour was AWESOME! What a great idea (if
Jul 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Every time I see this type of art (hell, I probably keep seeing the same artist and not realizing it) I knock down a star. I hate, hate, hate how the women are drawn. I feel like they’re almost exactly the same in the face just with different hairstyles.

Story was ok. Little haphazard.
Zack! Empire
Sep 23, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: marvel-comics
Is it just me, or does Iron Man really only work in a team setting? Seriously, I like him in the Avengers, and it's fun to read him in New Avengers, but he just doesn't have what it takes to fly solo. Tony Stark has an extreme personality, and you need people to bounce that off of, or he will just become boring. Most of this book is just Tony on his own, and you know what, it became boring.
Tony isn't the only problem with this book though. The writing is really subpar. I think the only other th
Dec 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
Review is for the single-issue comics. If you are waiting for the graphic novel, here be spoilers.
I was really hoping for good things from Iron Man. I will admit, I have no past experience with the comics but came to Tony and company through the outings of the MCU. When Marvel decided to relaunch most of their comics, I jumped on board a few of their series, hoping to find some adventures, some dynamic characters, and that perfect fusion of art and storytelling. I was thoroughly impressed wit
Zombieslayer/Alienhunter {comatose with common sense}
There are more good things than bad to be said about Iron Man: Believe.
First off, I seriously love the technological advances Tony's made since the beginning of the Marvel Now! initiative. Some of it goes over my head, but-
Random person: Um, *cough* Ultron?
Me: Tony?
Tony: On it. *blasts with repulser*
Me: *leaning over charred remains* Ultron's from the 70's, dipshit.
Where was I?
Oh, right.
Iron Man is probably Marvel's most popular superhero, though I bet Spider-Man probably brings in more denero.
Jun 11, 2013 rated it liked it
This... it didn't work. I liked it, but it felt at first that it was all style and no substance, and then, when the substance comes along, it's not got enough impact. There needed to be something more, something bigger, something better, something more challenging. A few parts lacked clarity, the links felt weak and it was too easy, which runs counter to what the protagonist is grasping for: a challenge. He's never in over his head, he's never taken on more than he can chew and there's no elemen ...more
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Clearly I've been on a graphic novel kick, specifically superheroes. I guess that's to do with the dismal summer blockbuster movies. They certainly haven't busted my blocks this year.

This is similar to the Hawkeye book in that it actually contains a full story. There are no cliffhangers here. We get a beginning, middle and end, an arc to both the plot (find rogue elements of Extremis 2) and to Tony's character arc. It's so nice to read a whole story.

And the story is quite a lot of fun. The creat
Jul 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
Where there are movies, there are chances to redeem or ruin a comic character. Kieron Gillen is teamed with Greg Land to launch Iron Man into the Marvel Now phase. Drawing heavily on the Extremis idea recently showcased in Iron Man 3, this relaunch fails to step up to the plate. Scientist Maya Hansen had finally been killed by her Extremist virus - which has been sold by AIM to high bidders. Deciding to end the potential for destruction that Maya has created, Tony adds new suits to his armory. E ...more
Peter Derk
Apr 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Well, this ended EXACTLY where I wish it would have started, with Tony Stark suiting up and heading into space. Of course. Goddamn it. Why did we have to fight lesser Iron Men first? Why did we have to discuss the pluses and minuses of Tony Stark banging randos versus settling down with Pepper Potts? Why would that even be on the table at this point? Why does Tony Stark look like he's wearing dentures?

And why oh why do people keep trying to out-Iron-Man Iron Man? If you want to beat Iron Man, i
Alex Sarll
Gillen is the best writer Marvel have at the moment, and a lovely fellow to boot. But so far, I simply can't get into this. He's managed to turn around some unenviable assignments in the past - a one-shot about Batroc? A story about Thor and Spidey getting Hulked-out because of some (gamma) reasons? Both were excellent. But faced with a story about noted inventor and futurist Tony Stark going around taking technology away from people, even people who aren't being evil, just in case - which I can ...more
Jun 21, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"I am an Iron Man fan for quite sometime now and the best books for me was Extremis by Warren Ellis and Matt Fraction's run on the Invincible Iron Man (volumes 1 to 6 and 9 to 11 anyway). In this new approach by Gillen, he intends to bring Tony Stark / Iron Man into a totally new dimension on storytelling. Ideal but in this book...lacking. It feels like reading old Iron Man stories, there're no new sci-fi tricks, no technopath-extremis abilities being shown by Stark and no challenging foes to br ...more
I've said it before, all a graphic novel needs to be is fun, at least for me anyways. And this was fun. What happens when bad guys get ahold of, and sell Extremis?
Well that's what Tony Stark has to find out. This GN has a solid if not some what shaky story, and a lot of different Iron Man suites of Armor.
I know this arc has got quite a few mediocre
Reviews but if you are a Iron Man fan then you should pick it up.
Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
Well, this is a disappointment. This very episodic volume has Tony running around the world trying to track down bits of Extremis. Some stories are better than others but most are just dull. It seems like this whole book is just an excuse for Tony to show off a new Iron Man suit in each issue. Also Greg Land's art alternates between beautiful and wonky. He can't seem to keep character's faces consistent. At one point a character suddenly looks exactly like Don Knotts! WTF?
Ryan Stewart
Interesting premise, disappointing execution.
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sequential-art
Remarkably flat story-telling.
Alex E
Jul 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After hearing a lot of good things about this run, I was definitely excited to start reading the first volume. I'm a fan of Gillen and the art by Land, I never really liked it, but it doesn't bother me as much as it does other people.

Believe is a bit underwhelming to be honest. The plot, while moderately interesting, never really moves past territory that I feel has been covered in the later volumes of Fraction's run. The theme of Tony's past tech being misused by people is one that has been re
Pradivta Ilvansyah
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
The continuation of the acclaimed Extremis storyline written by Warren Ellis is actually as good as the original story itself. It delivers a fun and action packed story that is accompanied with some clever comedy, such as the joke about the stealth suit.

For the art, i think it's interesting and unique because some of the armor and chrarcter model is actually based on the movie (photo-tracing, some of them is good and some are bad) and i think the only thing that is build from the scratch is the
Nov 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gillen and Land start a new Iron Man series harkening back to one of the most memorable Iron Man arcs. Gillen's version of Tony Stark is good, heroic and smarmy at the same time. The plot seemed fine but turned out very mundane. The potential was much higher. Greg Land always has his issues. His females all look gorgeous and identical to each other. His work is much too polished at times but his different versions of the Iron Man armor were pretty damn awesome. Overall, the book didn't do much o ...more
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