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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (January 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078512506X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785125068
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.4 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,078 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's Iron Man in the 80's!
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It's about as good a tale as you're likely to find in an 80's mainstream comic book.
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I had so much fun reading it.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Justin G. TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
While the "Iron Man: Demon in a Bottle" storyline tends to get the most attention, the Armor Wars saga remains my all-time favorite Iron Man storyline. The Armor Wars ran in issues 225-232 of the original Iron Man series, and featured the creative team of David Michelenie, Mark Bright, and Bob Layton. This team was responsible for a particularly good run of issues, of which Armor Wars was the highlight.

In this storyline, Tony Stark discovers that some of his Iron Man technology was stolen and passed on to various armored villains. Agonized at the thought that his technology was used to cause the suffering and death of others, Stark dons the Iron Man armor and starts hunting down these villains and destroying their armor. It seems simple enough, but what about the technology he provided to the government, such as SHIELD's Mandroids or the Guardians at the Vault? Iron Man's quest soon has him taking on friends and allies like Stingray and even Captain America, and ends up costing him his Avengers membership (though to be fair, it was just the West Coast Avengers, and they hardly count).

This is a fantastic tale of obsession, guilt, and justice, not to mention a seriously cool chance to see Iron Man taking down a whole bunch of armored bad guys. It's about as good a tale as you're likely to find in an 80's mainstream comic book. Michelenie does a great job with the story, and the artwork by Bright and Layton remains the standard by which I judge all other Iron Man artists. The chilling epilogue by the legendary Barry Windsor-Smith ends things on the perfect note, and may be the best modern single-issue Iron Man tale ever.

If you're an Iron Man fan, this is a must-have trade paperback. Marvel fans in general should check it out as well.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Malin on March 8, 2008
Format: Paperback
This was the first time Tony Stark went against the grain and attacked other superheroes in the pursuit of his own justice. This is a well done and under appreciated story that lays the groundwork of Tony's personality in the current Civil War/ Post Civil War stories.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Timothy Callahan on March 29, 2011
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Iron Man has always been my favorite and the Armored Wars was one of the main reasons. I loved this when it first came out, I read those comics so many times it's kind of scary so when it was out I had to get it.

The story, while pretty simple, is still fun. There's just something enjoyable about seeing Iron Man kick the butts of other armored characters. The battle with the Guardsmen was always my favorite, watching him tose them around like ragdolls never got boring even after several reads. I'm happy that the story still held up, for the most part, since I first read it when I was younger.

I recommend it for anyone who is an Iron Man fan and who missed it the first time it was release. Although I kind of wished they included the Captain America cross over that was also part of Armored Wars. Guess they're saving that for the Omibus addition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Adam on December 23, 2013
Format: Paperback
Armor Wars is a book that left me with mixed feelings. On one hand, tof twists and lots of action. The plot simply put is that Tony Stark realizes his arm specs have been stolen. Driven by guilt, he decides to reclaim his stolen technology. Good as far as it goes when taking on bad guys such as the Stiltman and the Controller. It begins far more problematic when Stark decides that he's going to take on armor that Stark has sold legitimately to the government. Along the way, he loses his longtime friendship with Steve Rogers and then is kicked out of the Avengers. He doublecrosses S.H.I.E.L.D.

Good times.

The story line is without a doubt revolutionary within the Marvel Universe. It makes Iron Man's role in Civil War seems very believable. Would Tony Stark choose to betray and even imprison friends and allies who risked his life for him and fought by his side due to his own subjective view of what's appropriate?

Been there,done that, will do it on a higher scale. With this story, it sets a new direction and a new definition for the Iron Man character. The problem is that as well-written as it is, it turns Iron Man into someone that's hard to cheer for.

In the beginning, Tony Stark was a patriotic weapons manufacturer who escaped the Vietcong and regularly came close to death's door as he fought evil even though he constantly risked death due to his damaged heart. By the end of this series, Tony Stark fights on because of guilt. He is a great mind that is driven by reasoning that's often arbitrary and based on his own whims rather than any objective sense of morality. Tony Stark makes his own rules and with power like his, that makes him a dangerous man.

While the writing and art were good, it should be noted that they aren't perfect.
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Format: Paperback
It's Iron Man in the 80's!

With the success of Iron Man's 1st hit movie, I've been interested in reading defining stories for the character, and this paperback in particular represents one of the best I've seen.

Highlights here for me...
*Issue 225- Stark Wars! This 1st great issue sets up the entire storyline nicely. Stark discovers that many of his armored enemies are using technology he developed, and he wants his concepts back. Enemies mentioned include Stilt-Man, the Beetle, Shockwave, Controller, Crimson Dynamo, the Mauler, Professor Power, the Raiders, and Titanium Man.
*Issues 226 to 228- Iron Man vs. enemies & friends. Stark realizes friends like Stingray, SHIELD Mandroids, and the Guardsmen are also using his technology, and he sets out to destroy what they know. His west coast Avenging teammates & Captain America may just stand in his way.
*Issue 229- Stealth armor. Shellhead uses specialized methods to catch up with Titanium Man & Crimson Dynamo, and he loses his status as an Avenger in the process!
*Issues 230 & 231- Firepower! The U.S. government has issues with Shellhead, and their answers just might be nuclear. These great issues mark a transition in Iron Man's life, and a new direction for the character.

I love Iron Man's 80's, silver & red armor here, as well as *all* the great armor designs in this. The artwork is lively & colorful, and it's some of the best I've seen from M.D. Bright & Layton.

If you like late 80's Marvel art, you might want to check this out. As far as I'm concerned, this is one of Shell-head's best, defining, story lines ever. It's a personal favorite at least. 5 stars!
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