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Iron Man & The Armor Wars Paperback – February 17, 2010

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Product Details

  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Series: Iron Man
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; 1St Edition edition (February 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078514448X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785144489
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,666,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Robert E. Mansperger on March 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
I know, you're thinking "how many times can Marvel re-tell the Armor Wars story?" We have the original classic by David Michelinie and Bob Layton. We have the Armor Wars II by John Byrne and John Romita, Jr. We even have the Ultimate Comics Iron Man: Armor Wars by Warren Ellis and Steve Kurth. All of which appeal to a slightly older crowd. For the younger readers (and the parents who read comics to their kids) we now have Iron Man & The Armor Wars by Joe Caramagna and Craig Rousseau which carves its' own version of the story out for an all-ages audience.

I can see where people may think the story a little simplistic, but you have to keep the intended age group of the audience in mind -- the story is perfect for kids. Joe Caramagna has done an excellent job in putting together a story where Tony Stark (Iron Man for any of you hedonists) gets all his armors stolen and spends four issues tracking them down and reclaiming them. It may not be a completely original story, but Caramagna has done a great job in making the story his own story that can stand on its' own two feet.

The illustrations from Craig Rousseau mesh nicely with the writing style - this is a clean line book where people don't look as though they stepped out of a porn magazine. Rousseau's work here is elegant and sleek a perfect compliment to the technological sleekness of the title character. The illustrations are topped off by colors from Val Staples whose palette choices perfectly compliment Rousseau's line work without overshadowing the drawings.

This is the type of comic I wish there could be more of - something I can give my 6 year old without fear of them discovering anything that would make mom cry. Kudos to Caramagna and Rousseau, you have rekindled my belief that comics can still be for kids as well as for adults.
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Format: Paperback
Marvel loves to tap past great story lines for their characters, always trying to do a new and modern take on the story. The latest attempt at resurrecting Iron Man's famous "Armor Wars" is no different. Geared more towards younger audiences, both the story and art reflect as much.

Set in its own continuity this story follows the same basic theme of the original Armor Wars story: someone has stolen Tony Stark's Iron Man technology and is using it for villainous purposes. This time instead of stealing the technology, they have stolen the armors themselves.

The main difference between this and the original Armor Wars is that the original managed to be full of drama and coherence. Yes, I said coherence because this book goes all over the place, especially after the second issue. Every issue there is a new series of characters and attempted twists and turns that turn the story into a convoluted mess. By the time the series ended, I was lost as to what the villain's true intent was and how it even related to the Armor Wars theme. Again, you saw that correctly. In a four issue miniseries, it could not manage to keep the central theme for more than two issues.

It is geared towards younger audiences, and it is quite clear in that respect. There is little character development and the writer does nothing to expand on already established characters. The art is a style akin to Saturday morning cartoons and perfectly fine for younger fans. Where the problem in that lies is the confusing actions scenes. There are times you have to study a frame to tell what exactly was going on and many action scenes are confusing, and this happens too often.
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I like comics, but I'm not a fan of language that shouldn't be said or things that shouldn't be shown (cleavage, adult situations, that sort of thing.) ARMOR WARS gives me everything I want and nothing I don't. This is an Iron Man adventure first and an all-ages story second, meaning that Joe Caramagna and Craig Rousseau deliver a story that's suitable for all ages without sacrificing action and character development. And there's PLENTY of action; things start off with a BANG (and several "KSSSHs" and "FRAKKAs") and don't stop. There are plenty of smaller, character-driven moments as well, and they all add up to one entertaining story.
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