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Invincible Iron Man, Vol. 1: The Five Nightmares Paperback – March 18, 2009

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Salvador Larroca broke into Marvel with work on Fantastic Four with Chris Claremont. His lush, easy style continues to compliment Chris' complex narratives.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; First Edition edition (March 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785134123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785134121
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #574,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Justin G. TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
I'm starting to lose track of how many times the Iron Man series has been rebooted in recent years. The storyline collected in The Five Nightmares covers issues #1-7 of the 2008 Invincible Iron Man series, and is written by Matt Fraction with illustration by Salvador Larroca.

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.
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This was a pretty good story. Attempted to be deep; Tony's sense of responsibility for his tech, his people and the world around him. It came through alright but could have used more in-depth discriptions of Tony's "Five Nightmares". Also could have gone deeper into the mind of Ezekiel Stane; his grudge against Tony just didn't do it for me. This in sorta the way mainstream comics have gone today; not too wordy. But Matt Fraction brings puts it together well enough. He is one of my favorite writers in the business today.

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.
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Iron Man has been getting battered around a lot lately in the Marvel universe and Matt Fraction was given the helm of a new Iron Man book to deliver a high-action atmosphere in the vein of the movie. Though not completely successful since Fraction has been forced to hang onto the foibles that Marvel has placed on the Golden Avenger's shoulders his first story arc is an interesting romp that adds elements to ease movie fans into Iron Man comics.

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.
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I thought this TPB was pretty good. I think it requires some other reading beforehand though, mainly Iron Man: Extremis. It's a 6 part story that explains how Iron Man's upgrades came to be, and what the Extremis enhancements are.

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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