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Iron Man: Extremis Hardcover – April 14, 2010

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Warren Ellis is an English author of comics, novels, and television, who is well known for sociocultural commentary, both through his online presence and through his writing, which covers transhumanist themes (most notably nanotechnology, cryonics, mind transfer, and human enhancement). He is a resident of Southend-on-Sea, England.

Adi works as an illustrator and designer primarily for Marvel. His most notable works include the Iron Man: Extremis series, written by Warren Ellis, and his role as a conceptual designer and illustrator on the Iron Man films. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (April 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785142592
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785142591
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.6 x 11.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #772,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Justin G. TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Ever since I started reading comics, Iron Man has been my favorite Marvel character. Unfortunately, since the 1980s, good Iron Man stories have been few and far between. Joe Quesada's Iron Man: The Mask in the Iron Man tale was the last Iron Man storyline that I really enjoyed, and that one is already several years gone.

Enter Warren Ellis, Adi Granov, and Extremis - the volume you're checking out right now. Extremis is the best Iron Man story to come along in ages. Essentially, this story was as close to a big budget Iron Man movie as I ever thought we'd see (before the excellent Iron Man (Single-Disc Edition) movie with Robert Downey Jr. of course). It's absolutely breathtaking.

Warren Ellis, whose work on Stormwatch, the Authority, and Planetary I credit with changing the way I look at comic books, delivers the perfect Iron Man story. Marvel continuity has not been kind to Iron Man, so Ellis takes this opportunity to reintroduce the character and start almost from scratch. We're introduced to a Tony Stark who is haunted by the harm his military inventions have caused and is trying to make amends in the only way he knows how - by donning the Iron Man suit. There's a nice recap of his origin, adapted slightly to modernize the character, an interesting look at Tony's fellow "mad scientists", and confrontation with an extremely powerful villain who forces Tony to make a drastic decision. I won't give it away here, but it had major implications for the character in future storylines. Ellis was firing on all cylinders here. The plot, characters, dialogue, and pacing are all flawless.
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In my opinion, Extremis is easily one of the best Iron Man stories of all time.

The primary purpose of this story was to establish Iron Man's modern image, which was a task that I feel was accomplished well. Warren Ellis and Adi Granov make a spectacular team, with Ellis writing a deep and intricate story and Adi Granov providing dark and gritty artwork.

The basic plot is that a domestic terrorist named Mallen steals a sample of a techno-organic virus called Extremis, which empowers him with superhuman abilities. And of course, it's up to Iron Man to stop him. It may sound simple, but Warren Ellis uses this as an opportunity to greatly elaborate on Tony Stark as a character. If you're looking for a deep and/or philosophical Iron Man story, then this is the comic you want to read. Throughout the story, Ellis paints a clear image of who Tony Stark is, and what he stands for. By the end, you're left with a deeper understanding of Tony's ideology, and why it is he does what he does. In addition to handling the character development amazingly, Warren Ellis also introduces the interesting concept of blending biology with technology. And it's this concept that provides the crucial foundation of many subsequent Iron Man stories.

The artwork is also a major highlight of Extremis. Adi Granov provides incredibly detailed and realistic artwork. And his choice of colors brings an entirely different atmosphere to the story of a familiar character. The dark tone of Granov's artwork blends perfectly with Ellis' dramatic writing style. And words cannot express how epic he makes the action scenes. Even when there's no guiding dialogue, Granov is effectively able to tell a story from panel to panel.
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My first Kindle-format graphic novel. Incredibly well-done; easy to turn the pages, easy to "pop out" each panel which enlarges it so it is easy to read the text and admire the art. Loved the art, loved the story-line. It helped fill in some comic canon that I didn't know, since I've approached the Marvel universe as an adult from the movie side and want to understand the comics' backstory. A fantastic companion to "Iron Man 3"; if you loved the movie, you'll probably enjoy the graphic novel. Need to repeat just how impressed I was by how well this was formatted for a Kindle reader (I used my reader app on my iPad 2)--I think I got a lot more out of it than I do a regular, paper-bound graphic novel.
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One of my favorite characters in the Marvel Comics universe is Iron Man. Even before the recent films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as it's called, were released, I really liked the character from the cartoons I watched in the '90's when I was younger. Since I have recently decided to read more Marvel Comics stories, I chose to give Iron Man a try.

I chose The Invincible Iron Man: Extremis as the one to read due to the fact that it is a basis for the third Iron Man film, which is a loose adaptation of the comic. Very loose in some areas, of course. It is, after all, a completely different universe from the main continuity in Marvel, called the 616-Universe, so some differences are to be expected.

Anyways, to summarize the story: a rogue scientist sold a sample of a super-human serum to some domestic terrorist, who is now on a super-powered rampage. When one of the developers of the serum, Maya Hansen, calls in Tony for help from his Iron Man "bodyguard" (the cover story at this time in the comics), he of course obliges to help a colleague and old flame.

What occurs next is a battle where the bad guy absolutely crushes Tony and very nearly kills him. This necessitate Tony to make a big gamble to try to beat him. The risks of his plan are high, and the result will be Iron Man winning and saving the day, or Tony Stark dying.

I said before that the third Iron Man film was a loose adaptation of this story, but arguably all three eponymous films so far, and some of the scenes in The Avengers adapt this story. Back in 2005 when this was released, it included references to past events and to Tony's origin as Iron Man. In other words, it was a subtle reboot of Iron Man for the current age.
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