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Extremis (Iron Man) Paperback – April 9, 2013

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About the Author

Warren Ellis is an English author of comics, novels, and television, who is well known for sociocultural commentary, both through his online presence and through his writing, which covers transhumanist themes (most notably nanotechnology, cryonics, mind transfer, and human enhancement). He is a resident of Southend-on-Sea, England.

Adi works as an illustrator and designer primarily for Marvel. His most notable works include the Iron Man: Extremis series, written by Warren Ellis, and his role as a conceptual designer and illustrator on the Iron Man films.

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Product Details

  • Series: Iron Man
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (April 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785183787
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785183785
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 (being adapted for TV by Microsoft Xbox) 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 GRAVEL books are in development for film at Legendary Pictures. IRON MAN 3 is based on his Marvel Comics graphic novel IRON MAN: EXTREMIS. He's also written extensively for VICE, WIRED UK and Reuters on technological and cultural matters. Warren Ellis is currently working on a non-fiction book about the future of the city for Farrar Giroux Straus.

His newest publication is the digital short-story single DEAD PIG COLLECTOR, from FSG Originals. His next book will be the novella NORMAL, also from FSG.

A documentary about his work, CAPTURED GHOSTS, was released in 2012.

Recognitions include the NUIG Literary and Debating Society's President's Medal for service to freedom of speech, the EAGLE AWARDS Roll Of Honour for lifetime achievement in the field of comics & graphic novels, the Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire 2010, the Sidewise Award for Alternate History and the International Horror Guild Award for illustrated narrative.

Warren Ellis lives outside London, on the south-east coast of England, in case he needs to make a quick getaway.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ralphael "MG" Pacheco on April 15, 2013
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In my opinion, Extremis is easily one of the best Iron Man stories of all time.

The primary purpose of this story was to establish Iron Man's modern image, which was a task that I feel was accomplished well. Warren Ellis and Adi Granov make a spectacular team, with Ellis writing a deep and intricate story and Adi Granov providing dark and gritty artwork.

The basic plot is that a domestic terrorist named Mallen steals a sample of a techno-organic virus called Extremis, which empowers him with superhuman abilities. And of course, it's up to Iron Man to stop him. It may sound simple, but Warren Ellis uses this as an opportunity to greatly elaborate on Tony Stark as a character. If you're looking for a deep and/or philosophical Iron Man story, then this is the comic you want to read. Throughout the story, Ellis paints a clear image of who Tony Stark is, and what he stands for. By the end, you're left with a deeper understanding of Tony's ideology, and why it is he does what he does. In addition to handling the character development amazingly, Warren Ellis also introduces the interesting concept of blending biology with technology. And it's this concept that provides the crucial foundation of many subsequent Iron Man stories.

The artwork is also a major highlight of Extremis. Adi Granov provides incredibly detailed and realistic artwork. And his choice of colors brings an entirely different atmosphere to the story of a familiar character. The dark tone of Granov's artwork blends perfectly with Ellis' dramatic writing style. And words cannot express how epic he makes the action scenes. Even when there's no guiding dialogue, Granov is effectively able to tell a story from panel to panel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Surferofromantica on June 1, 2013
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This is the tale that inspired the movie, at least the science serum element, which tends to get a bit too silly in the philosophical debate department (takes itself way too seriously). A group of domestic terrorist anti-establishment types, one a survivor of an FBI shoot-out, dose one of their members with the extremis serum, which they got from a disgruntled researcher with compromised principles. Adiran Killian is one of them, but he blows his brains out in despair in the early pages (yes, it's quite different from the movie, where someone called "Adrian Killian" is a psychopathic maniac-for-hire who also runs a bucket-headed organisation called AIM).

The book gets into Tony Stark's private life, and we are quite privileged to observe him waking up in the morning (alone), taking a shower, and getting on with his day. There's a lot of philosophising about using military money to develop technologies that do good, there's the re-telling of the Iron Man creation, and there's a lot of people with closed mouths and word balloons indicating that they're talking (I always hated that). There's also a scene of a board meeting where they try to convince Tony to step down as CEO and focus on research (borrrrr-ring). One amazing slaughter of a one-man extremis army destroying an FBI centre and burning hundreds of workers alive. Gross. Iron Man takes on the extremis dude, is nearly killed, then doses himself with extremis himself, becomes indestructible, and flattens him before he can take down the White House, before figuring out who the true culprits are. Nice.

Of course Iron Man doesn't call in the army, SHIELD, the Avengers, or even Stark International to help him out when he's mortally wounded... he goes to someone he met (and slept with) once a decade before. Nice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeff F on May 24, 2013
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The Iron Man movie with Robert Downey Jr. gets all the credit for popularizing the character with the general public, but it's this storyline, written by Warren Ellis himself, that reinvigorated the character in comics. The plot follows Iron Man battling a superpowered right wing militia terrorist who has stolen Extremis, a new version of the supersoldier formula. First introduced to Iron Man comics in this volume are Maya Hansen, a scientist and old girlfriend of Tony Stark's, and hippie guru Sal Kennedy; there's also a brief retelling of Iron Man's origin (updating the timeline from Vietnam to the war on terror). It's a simple, effective story that does what all good Iron Man comics do: rebuild the character from the ground up, and naturally redesign the Iron Man armor. Adi Granov's photorealistic art works wonders in this comic; when reading it, I felt less like I was reading a comic and more like I watching an Iron Man movie. Highly recommended for Iron Man fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tookie on April 12, 2013
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Warren Ellis brings us into the world of Iron Man in his first volume titled extremis. This book contains the back story of how tony became iron man and how he will overcome a new threat. This being a man who injects himself with some sort of syrum that turns him into an unstoppable force of nature! Tony could assembled the avengers, but he wants to prove that he can overcome this alone. Tony Stark wants to be more than a weapons dealer, knowing he has the technology to do it, although his body is nothing without his armor. The story is different, and Granovs art is very good! I give extremis 4.2/5 stars.
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