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Iron Man: Armor Wars Paperback – January 3, 2007
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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.
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.Read more ›
The Armor Wars is another strong point in the David Michelinie and Bob Layton run on the Iron Man title. Although Demon in the Bottle sometimes receives the most attention in the Iron Man mythos because it examines a darker side to Tony Stark, the Armor Wars also examines his personality as well, and heavily dives into darker themes such as guilt and obsession. It's considered the pinnacle of the series as well as a classic by some fans and it's even regarded as a Marvel Milestone, however, when compared to other stories that are also regarded as milestones and classics such as; The Death of Gwen Stacy, The Captain, Days of Future Past, The Coming of Galactus or even The Korvac Saga. Armor Wars does indeed fall short, which is mainly due to its somewhat slow start, and yes, I'll hit on this again, the weak rogue's gallery that always seems to annoy me. Collecting issues 225-232, Iron Man: The Armor Wars tells the story of Tony Stark embarking on a personal mission that he will complete by any means necessary.
I think the major strength of this saga is the character development. Tony is very well examined here, and this could easily be his most human portrayal.Read more ›
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I picked this up thinking it would be awesome and full of fights and have lots of cool scenes with Iron Man in action. But It was just sooo boring!!! Read morePublished 16 months ago by zombie phreak
If you are an Iron Man fan, then this is a great way to tie up the various stories that came out over the preceding years before this novella came out. Read morePublished on February 2, 2014 by Roe S. Clark IV
This is a great story involving what happens when Stark finds out his tech has been stolen and it may have been involved in hurting innocent people. Read morePublished on April 21, 2013 by Juan Carrillo
Great comic, remember reading it back in the day! Pity the kindle reader app, as well as the kindle is rather crap at reading comics, go for comixolgy, or one of the other apps,... Read morePublished on April 4, 2013 by Stephen Trace
I am such a fan of Micheline and Layton's first run on Iron Man ending with Demon in a Bottle, that I expected this to be right up there with that. It wasn't. Read morePublished on March 20, 2013 by Amazon Customer