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Iron Man: Extremis Hardcover – April 14, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (April 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785142592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785142591
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.6 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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On top of that the story is also very well written.
TiaDalma
This is, personally one of the best ironman books i've read, I would recommend it to any one wanting to read something different. it is one of my favorites !!!!
Tony C. Coleman
Extremis is the best Iron Man story to come along in ages.
Justin G.

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Justin G. TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Ever since I started reading comics, Iron Man has been my favorite Marvel character. Unfortunately, since the 1980s, good Iron Man stories have been few and far between. Joe Quesada's Iron Man: The Mask in the Iron Man tale was the last Iron Man storyline that I really enjoyed, and that one is already several years gone.

Enter Warren Ellis, Adi Granov, and Extremis - the volume you're checking out right now. Extremis is the best Iron Man story to come along in ages. Essentially, this story was as close to a big budget Iron Man movie as I ever thought we'd see (before the excellent Iron Man (Single-Disc Edition) movie with Robert Downey Jr. of course). It's absolutely breathtaking.

Warren Ellis, whose work on Stormwatch, the Authority, and Planetary I credit with changing the way I look at comic books, delivers the perfect Iron Man story. Marvel continuity has not been kind to Iron Man, so Ellis takes this opportunity to reintroduce the character and start almost from scratch. We're introduced to a Tony Stark who is haunted by the harm his military inventions have caused and is trying to make amends in the only way he knows how - by donning the Iron Man suit. There's a nice recap of his origin, adapted slightly to modernize the character, an interesting look at Tony's fellow "mad scientists", and confrontation with an extremely powerful villain who forces Tony to make a drastic decision. I won't give it away here, but it had major implications for the character in future storylines. Ellis was firing on all cylinders here. The plot, characters, dialogue, and pacing are all flawless.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Davis on May 30, 2013
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My first Kindle-format graphic novel. Incredibly well-done; easy to turn the pages, easy to "pop out" each panel which enlarges it so it is easy to read the text and admire the art. Loved the art, loved the story-line. It helped fill in some comic canon that I didn't know, since I've approached the Marvel universe as an adult from the movie side and want to understand the comics' backstory. A fantastic companion to "Iron Man 3"; if you loved the movie, you'll probably enjoy the graphic novel. Need to repeat just how impressed I was by how well this was formatted for a Kindle reader (I used my reader app on my iPad 2)--I think I got a lot more out of it than I do a regular, paper-bound graphic novel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MereChristian on May 17, 2013
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One of my favorite characters in the Marvel Comics universe is Iron Man. Even before the recent films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as it's called, were released, I really liked the character from the cartoons I watched in the '90's when I was younger. Since I have recently decided to read more Marvel Comics stories, I chose to give Iron Man a try.

I chose The Invincible Iron Man: Extremis as the one to read due to the fact that it is a basis for the third Iron Man film, which is a loose adaptation of the comic. Very loose in some areas, of course. It is, after all, a completely different universe from the main continuity in Marvel, called the 616-Universe, so some differences are to be expected.

Anyways, to summarize the story: a rogue scientist sold a sample of a super-human serum to some domestic terrorist, who is now on a super-powered rampage. When one of the developers of the serum, Maya Hansen, calls in Tony for help from his Iron Man "bodyguard" (the cover story at this time in the comics), he of course obliges to help a colleague and old flame.

What occurs next is a battle where the bad guy absolutely crushes Tony and very nearly kills him. This necessitate Tony to make a big gamble to try to beat him. The risks of his plan are high, and the result will be Iron Man winning and saving the day, or Tony Stark dying.

I said before that the third Iron Man film was a loose adaptation of this story, but arguably all three eponymous films so far, and some of the scenes in The Avengers adapt this story. Back in 2005 when this was released, it included references to past events and to Tony's origin as Iron Man. In other words, it was a subtle reboot of Iron Man for the current age.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By warrenjt on May 10, 2013
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As others have said, this is definitely one of the better Iron Man stories, and it certainly won't disappoint fans new or old. My one complaint is that it seemed to move a little fast. Obviously that's the nature of comics, but I could have stood for a little slower pace. Maybe that's just me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I'm shopping on September 23, 2011
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Overall I enjoyed this book. I'm not really an Iron Man fan but upon reading other reviews about this item I decided to check it out (plus it was on sale). It's worth a read in my opinion and also the artwork was good.
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A destructive new chemical compound called Extremis that gives the user superhuman powers is set loose onto a domestic terrorist with an agenda to bring down Washington. Cue Tony Stark, flying in to save the day! But even Iron Man isn't able to deal with this threat and must make a life altering choice. We also get the Iron Man origin story here that was used in the Iron Man film (with a few subtle tweaks).

I love Warren Ellis' writing whether it's his weird, original material or more mainstream projects like this book with Marvel. He always writes a very interesting, very fun script and "Extremis" is no exception. Tony Stark's intelligent, humourous nature is put across nicely as are moral arguments for scientists whose work can be used for both good and evil. Much was made of Adi Granov's art but I found it to be a bit bland. Iron Man looks good but the colours are very muted and the humans all look computer generated rather than natural. It wasn't terrible artwork but it was a long way from the brilliance I had been led to expect with this book.

"Extremis" was a great jumping off point for the Iron Man movie series and I think the producers would have done better if they'd chosen the hyper-powerful Timothy-McVey-type in this book than Jeff Bridges' giant robot-suited villain. It just seems like Ellis' villain is more edgy and interesting. The origin story here was also well handled, with Stark visiting Afghanistan and being taken prisoner by the Taliban. There's also a great throwback to the first issue of Iron Man, design-wise.

Overall, a very satisfying, well written superhero comic that I definitely recommend to fans both of the genre but also to those who aren't so that they can see why people enjoy these stories.
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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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