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Ultimate Iron Man Vol. 1 (Ultimate Iron Man #1)

3.39  ·  Rating Details ·  1,338 Ratings  ·  102 Reviews
If you thought 'The Ultimates' told you everything you needed to know about Ultimate Iron Man, think again!
Hardcover, Premiere HC, 136 pages
Published March 10th 2006 by Marvel (first published February 24th 2006)
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Dec 03, 2009 Anne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
I think a caveat of enjoying this book is suspending what you know about Tony Stark, aka Iron Man. If a reader can't do that, then that's going to be an issue in reading this graphic novel.

Orson Scott Card takes a huge departure in some ways in the evolution of Tony Stark and his becoming Iron Man. It was pretty weird and different from what I know, and I am admittedly mainly familiar with the character from movies and TV, and some research I've done into the character online. I won't go into w
Gayle Francis Moffet

"Let's start a new universe!" Marvel editorial declared, "and let's do something super interesting with Tony!"

"I know!" shouted an underling, "let's get Orson Scott Card to write something super science fiction-y that's interesting for Tony as a character!"

"I have done it," Orson Scott Card says months later. "I have given Tony a super neat regeneration ability."

"Great!" says the editor.

"And I included Rhodes."

"Fantastic! We love that guy!" says the underling.

"And he and Tony first become f
Noah Soudrette
May 14, 2008 Noah Soudrette rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
This is one of the worst comics I've ever read. Here's why: Tony Stark's mom becomes infected with a virus that causes cellular regeneration in humans. She gives birth to Tony, who's skin constantly regenerates. This means his skin is always raw and he is in intense pain. Because of this, his father coats him in a liquid armor that turns him blue and makes him bald. Oh, and all his flesh contains neural tissue, so his entire body is his brain. OH! and if you hurt him he can regenerate.

So, if yo
Oct 15, 2011 Caroline rated it did not like it
Oh, Orson Scott Card. I was curious about this, since I'd heard it reinvented the origin story of Iron Man, but wow did he take some liberties. This took away the reason I love Iron Man so much--the fact that he's just a mortal man that is using his ability to invent to do good--and turned Tony Stark into a mutant from birth.

Card does have a thing for powerful children/teenagers. It's not something I cared for, and I won't be bothering with any more of Card's Iron Man.
Desiree Brunelle
Iron man is a unique comic, it stats with Howard Stark basically reinventing the wheel with a technology that will allow a human to become invincible with a very beautiful color " sky blue. goes wit everything." said by Mr. Stark. Tony stark or Antony is born into a world of war, and his mother who died giving birth to him because she was infected by the virus they were trying to create tony has the ability to so much more than a normal child. His brain is extraordinary and he can regenerate his ...more
Adam Graham
I give this 2-stars because really it's only one half of the story. But given Card's reputation, this book is all ready a bit of disappointment

If starts off really slow. This book collects Issues 1-5 of the Ultimate Iron Man story line. As Card is writing in Marvel's ultimate world, he's not bound by the back story established in Marvel's regular (616) continuity.

He made a key change in giving Tony Stark powers from birth that come with a natural blue skin stone as a result of experiments done b
Kevin Richey
Kind of strange to see Orson Scott Card's name on an Iron Man reboot series, but... it didn't help much. Not that this was bad, per se, and I have to admit I'm not an Iron Man authority or anything, but this wasn't really the Iron Man I was expecting. Firstly because it's not Iron Man -- more like Iron Boy. It starts with Iron Man's father, before Iron Man is born. Then we get his birth, his super-intelligent toddler years, and then (by the end of Vol. 2), he's maybe 12? 14? Still pretty young. ...more
Jan 04, 2015 Donna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I only had the first volume of this comic and to be honest I didn't particular enjoy it. It sets up an origin story for Iron man and I enjoyed seeing him as a child/ growing up but I found the story kind of to follow- the frames jumped from one thing to another and too many of the characters looked alike so I wasn't always really sure who I was reading about.

In regards to how it fits in the the larger Iron Man narrative, I've not read any other comics about Iron Man so I'm not really in a place
Liko Natera
Sep 26, 2012 Liko Natera rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was attracted by the hype behind this ominous "Orson Scott Card scripted" premise but was I disappointed by reading a character that had absolutely nothing to do with what I allowed myself to expect even if THIS Tony Stark was the "ULTIMATE" version of Iron Man.
I found myself not encouraged to finish this due to unlikeable characters, unrealistic circumstances and even weak dialogue. I really wanted to like this. I even started reading it with a very open mind and hoping I would eventually lov
Aug 09, 2009 Kennis rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
It was an interesting look at what the origins of Iron Man might be by a prolific Sci-Fi writer. However, what I liked most about Iron Man was taken away from him in this version of the story - his vulnerability. It is almost impossible for me to relate to Iron Man if he can regenerate. I originally liked Iron Man so much because he was just a man (a very wealthy and smart one at that, but still just a man) in a suit. For this reason, I feel like Orson Scott Card took something very important aw ...more
Jul 26, 2011 Ernest rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This graphic novel was frustrating not because it was a total mess, but it contained many gems of real interest amongst elements that don’t fit within the Ultimate Universe and story elements that just were quite terrible. This was frustrating as such inconsistencies spoiled what had the potential to be a terrific addition to the Ultimate Universe and a great interpretation of Iron Man. Orson Scott Card must be given credit for some unique ideas, but overall it cannot be said to be wholly succes ...more
I would like to start off saying that I personally am no very big on comics or anything like that but this book wasn't too bad I'd have to say, it was different. Although I didn't fully understand what was going on or why at all times (It's amazing what things can distract you)but it covers Tony Stark's birth to right around maybe when he's 12-14 years old. I would recommend this to people that like reading everything Iron Man/Tony Stark.
Mike Raymond
The Ultimate Iron Man is about a boy who's father works at a lab where he designs new bio armor for the government. The boys mother dies and gives his son the new armor that he was testing. He then goes through life and eventually builds the famous iron man suit and goes off to fight off crime. This was a pretty good comic and I would read it if you're into any kind of superhero comics
Crystal Starr Light
Well now, that was interesting. Definitely not expecting Tony Stark to be a blue mutant thanks to the blood of a monkey. But there were some good parts.
Everyone told me not to read this. I should have listened. Man, this is wretched.
Nov 25, 2016 Justin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big fan of Marvel's Ultimate line, and Iron Man is one of my all-time favorite characters, so when I heard about the Ultimate Iron Man limited series I was more than a little excited. After seeing how well Tony Stark's character was handled in the Ultimates, I was looking forward to seeing him in the spotlight here.

Marvel pulled off quite the coup in getting bestselling sci-fi author Orson Scott Card to write this series. Unfortunately it doesn't really pay off. I'm not familiar with Card'
Jul 07, 2017 Dave rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Putting aside my general dislike of Orson Scott Card as a person, his ULTIMATE IRON MAN is solid enough. It certainly isn't the traditional Iron Man origin and was understandably rendered non-canon a while later, but taken on its own it is ok.
Do you remember when you saw Iron Man and thought "You know, the suit is kinda cool, but what if Tony had actual superpowers? Fuck yeah!"... yeah, me neither.

So if you weren't familiar with the concept of the Marvel Ultimate Universe, just read this comic and you'll get it pretty quickly. Card took a popular character (Tony Stark) from the mainstream Marvel Universe and gave his own spin to it, or in this case a fucking tornado.

We start out with some good old tragic backstory. Howard cheats on
Dmitry Yakovenko
Dec 10, 2012 Dmitry Yakovenko rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
В данной истории, состоящей из пяти выпусков, читателей познакомят с Тони Старком из Ultimate вселенной комиксов Marvel. Надо заметить, что герой очень изменился по сравнению с классической версией и к сожалению, тут стало только хуже. Нынешний Железный Человек напоминает какого-то суперчеловека, с нечеловеческими возможностями, который даже больше похож на мутанта, чем на человека. И беда в том, что это объяснено довольно бестолково и после объяснения оставляет лишь недоумение, от бредовости вс ...more
Indah Threez Lestari
Orson Scott Card mengobrak-abrik asal-usul Iron Man. Mungkin ini Iron Man versi baru yang hidup di dimensi lain.

Okaay, di mana bedanya?

Di komik ini, Tony Stark bukan jenius alami biasa, tapi karena semacam virus membuat fungsi otaknya tersebar ke seluruh tubuh. Virus itu juga menjadikannya semacam mutan, bagian tubuh yang hilang dan rusak bisa pulih dengan sendirinya (asal banyak makan makanan bergizi dan imuni... ups, berprotein tinggi).

Selain itu, armor Iron Man bukan tercipta karena keadaan
Talk Comix
Oct 18, 2014 Talk Comix rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic-books
I can imagine people going mad with a retelling of the iron man story. Mad, why? Well maybe because it's almost hilarious to read how such a good origin can be mashed up so badly in an ultimates universe. See the thing is this story mad very little sense at the start. Tony starks brain is his whole body i hear you say!!!! He already needs to where a suit of bacteria before he even puts on his giant gundam style suit!!!! Look the truth is this book just slams your original Iron Man story into a m ...more
Jul 11, 2008 Paul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What can I say? Andy Kubert does awesome artwork. Orson Scott Card creates a unique tale. It about ends there.

Even though I kind of dig the story line, I fail to see the relationship to the Ultimate line. Is Marvel just slapping Ultimate onto anything because it generates sales?

Don't get me wrong. This origin of Tony Stark is totally the Tony Stark of the Ultimate universe not the normal Marvel timeline. There are key items that happen to him that shows in the adult Tony. But it ends there. It s
Gabriellaa Stark
This is the first part of the two-part Ultimate Iron Man duology. It's telling the origin story of Iron Man, a genius, billionaire, philanthropist, playboy superhero.

So, so confusing. The whole blue virus thing didn't even register with me and how his mother knew about it, his limbs growing back, brain tissue all over his body etc. So. Confusing. So many explanations just went over my head.

Also, kind of disappointing. Thought it's going to be a masterpiece, since it was written by Scott Card, bu
Edward Cheer
I first hear how much this comic sucked, so I went into it very innocently. All I know about Iron Man's origin story is from the 2008 movie. But... yeah, this book kind of sucked. I wouldn't say I hated it, rather I was amused by how bad this comic was. It has good elements, good dialogue, and well-structured ideas. But everything else in between is so ridiculous and class-comic-book-esque that it turns into some weird 50's sci-fi B movie. And can I say the art is weird? Sure, it looks nice most ...more
Aug 18, 2016 Ángel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, comics
Para ser de Orson Scott Card, de quien ya leí El juego de Ender, me ha decepcionado mucho. Se ha tomado demasiadas libertades y ha cambiado demasiados puntos clave que hacían a Tony Stark /Tony Stark/. La trama me resulta bastante vacía, como suele pasar cuando los malos son malísimos y planos, y me parece técnicamente redonda y sin agujeros pero no me dice absolutamente nada. Como el guión, que me ha hecho sonreír dos veces contadas y ya. Vamos, que no he sentido nada de nada (ni siquiera empat ...more
Ben Williams
I've always been interested in the idea of the ultimates, i saw this at the library and decided to pick it up. this was so weird... its certainly not iron man. they tried so hard to revamp him that they lost the whole point of what makes iron man iron man. he's blue now and his mom was killed by a mutated monkey diese that was passed on to tony who now has super powers? it kinda got ridiculas how much they tried to tamper with his orgins. and his suit is awful i hate the whole mech look. However ...more
Feb 17, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The main problem everyone seems to have with Card's interpretation of Iron Man is that it isn't the same Iron Man they're used to. But that is the whole point of the Ultimate Universe. The classic characters are supposed to be re-imagined for a modern audience, and Card does this better than any other author in the Ultimate universe. Where other characters get minor changes to their origin story or what have you from their authors Card is the only one who actually creates an entire new version o ...more
Jun 22, 2011 Matt rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book! I'm not rushing to tell all my friends how amazing it is and then demanding they read it like I would do with V for Vendetta or Arkham Asylum, but I won't warn people to stay away, either. Sure, this wasn't the Tony Stark I know and really enjoy reading about, but the story was plenty entertaining nonetheless. The whole origin story involving Tony's birth really doesn't make any sense, is irrelevant to Iron Man, and would be better left out of the story, but like I said, I s ...more
Reprints Ultimate Iron Man #1-5. Howard Stark's son Tony is born with a genetic disease, and Tony develops his armor through his experiences. The art for this series is good, the story is so-so. Like much of the Ultimate line it takes forever to develop and then it just ends. The story is interesting but doesn't seem to mesh well with Iron Man of the other Ultimate stories. The original purpose of the Ultimate line was to have a continuity based storylines, so Ultimate Iron Man seems like it sho ...more
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Orson Scott Card is the author of the novels Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow, and Speaker for the Dead, which are widely read by adults and younger readers, and are increasingly used in schools.
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