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Marvel�s Noir line ranks among the most intriguing of the alternate-universe superhero reimaginings. Through the lens of Depression-era New York, the likes of Spider-Man, Luke Cage, and Wolverine have a harsher, tougher light cast on their essential characters. Snyder (American Vampire) rips a page from Indiana Jones� notebook and turns Tony Stark into a hard-charging adventurer who must come to terms with a troubled psyche as he races the Nazis for possession of an ancient �metal of the gods.� From exploring the deep sea to invading military strongholds, Garcia delivers gritty action to match the drama and darker hues to capture the tone. With appearances by the Noir versions of other Marvel regulars (Sub-Mariner Noir, for instance), this is a fine treat for fans, and although newcomers will enjoy it, too, they should be warned that this isn�t Robert Downey Jr.�s Iron Man. The one major drawback, as with so many mainstream collections lately, is its brevity, at only four collected issues. Grades 9-12. --Jesse Karp --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Series: Noir
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; First Edition edition (February 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785147284
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785147282
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,172,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Scott Snyder is one of comics' bestselling authors. His works include BATMAN, AMERICAN VAMPIRE, THE WAKE, SUPERMAN UNCHAINED, SEVERED, and WYTCHES among others. He has also been published in Zoetrope, Tin House, One-Story, Epoch, Small Spiral Notebook, and other journals, and has a short story collection, Voodoo Heart, which was published by Dial Press in 2006. He has taught at Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence University and NYU and lives in New York with his wife, Jeanie, and his two young sons.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Christopher J. Schillig on October 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Given all the heat Scott Snyder is generating over at DC/Vertigo with American Vampire, fans should be devouring Iron Man Noir, the hardback collection of the four-issue limited series that, prior to AV, was the writer's highest profile comics work, albeit for Marvel.

Put simply, this is a fun book. Snyder and artist Manuel Garcia have successfully re-imagined Tony Stark as a daredevil adventurer in 1939, a combination Indiana Jones and Doc Savage with a touch of Howard Hughes thrown in for good measure.

The Noir Tony Stark has a heart condition like the modern version, and he uses his globetrotting after magical apparatuses as a way to find a cure for his ailment. Among his associates are James Rhodes and Gialetta Nefaria, although the latter's surname is a big hint that she won't stay on the side of the angels for long. Pepper Potts is hired to chronicle Stark's adventures for a pulpish men's magazine after his original chronicler is killed on a sortie to recover a magical green mask. Stark also enlists the help of a crusty old sea captain named Namor to ferry him and his crew on their various adventures, which includes a deep-sea dive to the ruins of Atlantis.

Somewhere in all this, Snyder finds a way to get Stark into a 1939-version of the Iron Man suit -- gray and clunky but still fanboy cool, in a retro sort of way. It all leads to the pulse-pounding, Saturday-morning serial climax that readers expect from such a story, and Snyder and Garcia milk it for all the action and suspense it's worth, leaving the door wide open for further adventures.

This book captures the sort of edgy modernization of the pulp magazine aesthetic that DC has been struggling to achieve with its First Wave line.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jon Repesh on October 18, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Any commendable story is consistently entertaining from beginning to end, with every chapter playing its role in the telling of the tale for the project to succeed. While there are numerous ways for a story to disappoint, the conclusion to Iron Man Noir illustrates one of the primary ills of comic book arcs in general. All too often there is insufficient depth to fill out the corresponding pages, which may therefore lead to some form of decompression rearing its ugly head, in this instance numerous splash pages of drawn out and pointless action scenes. It's a shame to end any worthwhile endeavor on a sour note, especially considering how proficient this adaptation was throughout its first three issues. Scott Snyder's engaging writing and well conceived plot melded superbly, though the basic premise and style is more akin to Indiana Jones than noir. Noir is more than just a time period circa World War II, but its own unique manner and method of narration, greatly exemplified by two other Marvel Noir entries, Daredevil and Wolverine. In many ways, this bygone era seamlessly befits Tony Stark's adventurous and swashbuckling personality. Of course how they were going to integrate a version of the Iron Man suit into a 1939 setting was always the big question, though war technology was certainly advancing earnestly at that point. Indeed we end up seeing more IM armor than initially expected from both sides of this classic good vs. evil conflict, which did however lead to the aforementioned action scenes. Regardless of decompression or final act malaise, Iron Man Noir is a story worthy of consideration with Scott Snyder being a rising star on the horizon. Time will tell how much of an impact he will have in the comics industry.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By woodx on October 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
Iron Man Noir takes place in 1939, casting Tony Stark as an Indiana Jones type, adventuring around the world searching for ancient artifacts, seeking a mystical cure for his heart condition. I can see how they might slip this into the noir line, but it's not actually a noir story. It is very much a 30s pulp adventure, featuring magical artifacts from ancient cultures, world-spanning exploits, madcap science and of course, nazis. Daredevil Noir is a brilliant execution of converting a comic into a noir style, but that's really not what happens here.

Aside from the title, what counts is the content, and this is an entertaining story. I like that the noir series often has creative re-imagining of important figures from the comics. Namor is perfectly handled here as a grim sea captain/pirate. The nazi plot is pretty standard, nothing particularly special about it which maybe inhibits the book a bit. There is a plot twist near the end that I also think had far more potential than was realized. Nevertheless, this is a fun little read, nothing too serious or exceptional, but worth the time it takes to breeze through it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michigan Ted on September 3, 2011
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First off, the negative - this book is not the same dimensions as a comic book - its smaller, kinda like the Dark Horse Omnibus books. That aside, this is a great story! I am a huge Iron Man and Captain America fan, and was glad to find that this was both something new and refreshing, as well as fan service, having some cool Easter eggs if you pay attention (momentary references to the main series' characters and story lines). The Indiana Jones story line worked really well - it moved along quickly, had a great sense of style, and was fun. I also liked how they took elements of the regular series (for example, Tony's relationship with his departed father) and did something new with it. Very cool!
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