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Barry Windsor-Smith, 2008 Eisner Award Hall of Fame Inductee, has been creating extraordinary comics art and stories since 1967, introducing diverse artistic influences to graphic storytelling, and developing a distinctive, naturalistic narrative style. Conan the Barbarian, X-Men, Weapon X, Archer & Armstrong, RUNE, and Barry Windsor-Smith: STORYTELLER are among the many works of his 30+ year career. Windsor-Smith is also an acclaimed painter of Romantic fantasy, co-founder of The STUDIO, and author of BWS: OPUS, a series of art books collecting his paintings and drawings. The text of the series, called Time Rise, is an anecdotal, sometimes humorous, memoir of his paranormal experiences. He lives in Kingston, NY.
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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (January 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078512506X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785125068
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.4 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #469,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Justin G. TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 16, 2007
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While the "Iron Man: Demon in a Bottle" storyline tends to get the most attention, the Armor Wars saga remains my all-time favorite Iron Man storyline. The Armor Wars ran in issues 225-232 of the original Iron Man series, and featured the creative team of David Michelenie, Mark Bright, and Bob Layton. This team was responsible for a particularly good run of issues, of which Armor Wars was the highlight.

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.
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Armor Wars is a book that left me with mixed feelings. On one hand, tof twists and lots of action. The plot simply put is that Tony Stark realizes his arm specs have been stolen. Driven by guilt, he decides to reclaim his stolen technology. Good as far as it goes when taking on bad guys such as the Stiltman and the Controller. It begins far more problematic when Stark decides that he's going to take on armor that Stark has sold legitimately to the government. Along the way, he loses his longtime friendship with Steve Rogers and then is kicked out of the Avengers. He doublecrosses S.H.I.E.L.D.

Good times.

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.
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This was the first time Tony Stark went against the grain and attacked other superheroes in the pursuit of his own justice. This is a well done and under appreciated story that lays the groundwork of Tony's personality in the current Civil War/ Post Civil War stories.
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One of the better Ironman collections. Art is very dated, but you pay for the plotlines. Armor Wars follows Tony's quest to rid the world of evil factions that use his Ironman technology for their own schemes. But his obsession causes him to hunt those that might also use it for good....
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This was the stories I got into all those years ago in the 80s and my favorite still. I was amazed at how small and compact the book is as the original 90s printing is about 4 times thicker (the paper then was thick non gloss which was why it was so thick). This reprinting has nice glossy paper and the pages all in the correct order, the old 90s printing I have has a cover and first page flipped so you read the first page of the comic and then on the next is the cover which I thought was always odd. Of all the Iron Man comics I recommend this collection and the one leading up to this set of issues.
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While examining the armor of his one time foe Force, whom had given himself up in exchange for protection from Tony Stark's rival Justin Hammer. Tony makes a startling discovery when he learns that Force's armor contains circuitry that belongs to him. Later, he decides to investigate and learns that the Spymaster stole his technology and sold it to Justin Hammer, whom also decided to sell it to armor costumed villains. Stark as Iron Man decides to reclaim or destroy his technology at any cost. -summary

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.
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