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Invincible Iron Man, Vol. 1: The Five Nightmares Paperback – March 18, 2009
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In The Five Nightmares, we're introduced to Ezekiel Stane, son of the deceased Obadiah Stane (a.k.a. Iron Monger). The younger Stane is the very definition of a twisted genius, and has embarked on a full-fledged "bleeding edge" technological campaign of terror aimed at, you guessed it, Tony Stark. For the first time since the classic Iron Man: Armor Wars saga, Iron Man has to deal with rogue Stark technology being used to harm and kill innocents.
This is the first story I've read by Matt Fraction (Uncanny X-Men, Punisher War Journal), but it won't be the last. He successfully weaves a story that acknowledges past Iron Man continuity as well as incorporating some of the elements that made the Iron Man movie so effective. The action is intense, and the pacing barely gives you a moment to catch your breath. Fraction's dialogue is sharp as well, borrowing a page from Warren Ellis.
The artwork is every bit as impressive as the writing, if not more so. I've been an admirer of Salvador Larroca's work for more than a decade, and he really outdid himself here, delivering the best-illustrated Iron Man arc since Adi Granov's painted pages. The digital coloring has a lot to do with that, I'm sure, but this might be Larroca's best work to date.Read more ›
My one real problem was the art.
No sir, I didn't like it. The faces, to be exact. All of the men were so dark (and this is coming from a Black guy) and inconsistant from frame to frame. But Pepper Potts and Maria Hill (who should have been darker) were fair complected. Just weird, for some reason.
The final issue in the trade paper back actually brings the whole thing home and it has a amazing guest star.
I say pick the book up. Especially if you're a fan of the movies and have never read a comic.
The story faces Iron Man off against Ezekial Stane, the son of former business rival Obidiah Stane, the super villain later known as Iron Monger who is defeated in the classic Iron Man Vol 1. #200 and the movie's star bad guy. Using Stark's stolen technology he arms a new generation of terrorists and transforms himself into a sort of living Iron Man, a sort of Iron Monger 2.0. He makes a great, if not mildly generic villain (I'm getting sick of terrorists, I know you're trying to be topical and everything Marvel but give us some good old super villains without making them as lame as you have been recently). The old Armor Wars stolen technology yarn may be classic but it's getting a little tired, and the ending is a bit of a cop-out with a few logic gaps.
The subject matter is a bit heavy with violent terrorist attacks and a high body count so it might be wiser for parents to look into the Marvel Adventures Iron Man trade paperbacks if you want to get something for the little ones who are newly into Iron Man.
Pepper Potts also plays a dramatic role and grows closer to Tony than ever before in another obvious nod to the movie. Fraction's Tony Stark rectifies some of the problems I've personally been having with Iron Man recently and the epilogue hints at a Tony that's turning back into his old self.Read more ›
Knowing this, The Five Nightmares is a great read. I really love the artwork by Larroca, him and Fraction work very well together. The story is entertaining, and I enjoyed the final issue the most. The binding is good, and so is the paper quality. No complaints, really. I'll definitely buy the second volume.
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Have never been much of an Iron Man fan. That is changing after reading both old and new comics. The book arrived in the condition of the description. Price was excellent. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Fred P. Debnam II
Good classic Tony Stark story - great art and good writing - excited to read the rest of the seriesPublished 14 months ago by Jonathan K.
I loved this comic. It's the first one I've read and I enjoyed the way other Marvel characters showed up periodically throughout it. Great story and art as well. A + in my book!Published 18 months ago by Richard Byrd
I always come back to this series of Iron Man. It's one of the best, and even better to me than the Extremist series.Published on May 28, 2014 by Karalaine
Definitely liked the comic. Nicely sets up the storyline for the remaining volumes. All characters portrayed as they are with weaknesses and faults. Read morePublished on November 12, 2013 by AW3
I bought this as a gift and he loved it, I would recommend to any comic fan! Must have =]Published on August 11, 2013 by Kindle Customer
I have been reading comics for years but more along the lines of Vertigo and other independent books. Read morePublished on June 20, 2013 by nick ashley