- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Marvel; Direct Ed edition (February 14, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785122583
- ISBN-13: 978-0785122586
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,109,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Iron Man Vol. 1: Extremis Paperback – February 14, 2007
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Tony Stark, the man who fills the iron armor, has hit a bit of a rough patch. The public is beginning to turn on Stark Industries due to accusations that Stark is nothing more than an arms dealer. Stark is becoming disillusioned with Iron Man, and he can barely look himself in the mirror anymore. Meanwhile, Maya Hansen, an expert biologist with ties to Stark's past, is horrified to learn that one of her colleagues stole a top secret weapon, sold it to someone, then committed suicide. The weapon is codenamed "Extremis", and it is a form of super-soldier serum, updated for the 20th century. It turns its subject into a nearly indestructable living weapon. When a white supremicist who feels that the government let his family down when he was a child gets injected with Extremis, Maya is forced to call Tony and ask him for help. She doesn't know that Stark is Iron Man; she wants his expertise but she readily accepts when he says that he can contact Iron Man for help. The Extremis-infused terrorist proves a worthy challenge, and Stark realizes that times have changed since he became Iron Man, and his plan of attack must reflect that.
In addition to the great story, Adi Granov's art is fantastic. With maybe the exception of one panel (the scared look on some people's faces is laughable), all of the art is both beautiful and expressive.
As I said at the beginning of the review, this is a story that anyone can pick up and enjoy. For long time fans, the flashbacks will be an interesting way to compare the past and present, and they will educate newcomers on Iron Man's origins.
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 is what a big budget Iron Man movie starring Tom Cruise would look like. 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 should have major implications for the character going forward. Ellis is firing on all cylinders here. The plot, characters, dialogue, and pacing are all flawless. This is what the Ultimate Iron Man, Vol. 1 story should have been.Read more ›
Adi Granov provides gorgeous art that's the closest thing to cinematic visuals until his character design hits theaters in the Iron Man film. A must-buy for those looking to try out the character or fans wanting to see him retooled for the 21st century.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is great! But I wanted the first issue comic book for Extremis and instead, I got the whole book... Not what I wanted but whatever.Published on February 8, 2014 by Brad the Tech Wizard
Minor spoilers ahead.
With many rumors surrounding the next Iron Man film, I thought to read what may be the biggest inspiration for the movie. Read more
Title: Iron Man: Extremis
Writer: Warren Ellis
Artist: Adi Granov (entirely computer-generated artwork)
Collects: Iron Man #1-6
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A destructive new chemical compound called Extremis that gives the user superhuman powers is set loose onto a domestic terrorist with an agenda to bring down Washington. Read morePublished on April 14, 2011 by Sam Quixote
The characterisation of Tony Stark is quite good. The good-humoured banter between him and his secretary, the hostile interview on his arms dealing etc. Read morePublished on February 22, 2011 by danny boy
I have to admit that this Iron Man graphic novel it's really good and entertaining, the art is very realistis but a little bit sickly, we spend pages without a word and the... Read morePublished on December 2, 2010 by Pablo Nadal Moron
I was originally interested in this title because of Warren Ellis, but this is just an amazing comic all around. Read morePublished on January 6, 2010 by K. Steele
Warren Ellis has really thrilled me before but this Iron Man tale had a few good ideas but fell so short. Plot holes were running rampant. Read morePublished on September 9, 2009 by S. Penrose
I went back and bought this book to understand how Iron Man got his fancy new powers (which I think he actually just lost during Secret Invasion, but anyway). Read morePublished on September 5, 2009 by Brandon Daniels