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Iron Man Vol.3: The Secret Origin of Tony Stark [Paperback]

Kieron Gillen
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6 Dec 2013
Now the truth can be told: The shocking secret origin of Tony Stark continues! And it began with his birth! As the manipulative alien power's ulterior motive is laid bare, an even more massive surprise awaits at a deserted battlefield from the beginning of time! Collecting Iron Man Vol. 6, 12-17.

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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: PANINI UK LTD / MARVEL (6 Dec 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846535638
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846535635
  • Product Dimensions: 25.8 x 16.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,736 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1.0 out of 5 stars The final insult 14 May 2014
By Sam Quixote TOP 50 REVIEWER
Kieron Gillen’s Iron Man run continues to be an absolute train-wreck with the only positive being Greg Land’s absence from this book!

It opens with the finale of Howard Stark’s Ocean’s 11-esque heist of an alien-run casino in Vegas before jumping back to the present where Tony and 451’s great space adventure continues with still more genocide! And then there’s the big reveal of Tony’s secret origin which is one of the worst I’ve read in any Marvel book in a long time.

Gillen takes the central premise of this book from Pacific Rim by making 451’s plan revolve around Tony becoming the pilot of a 5-mile tall suit of Jaegar-esque armour called the Godkiller. The reason? So that Tony can use the armour to stop needless death across the cosmos as he’s been engineered from birth to be some kind of intergalactic saviour. But in order to convince Tony to bond with the armour, 451 is more than happy to kill off an entire planet full of life so… that makes no sense!

Most of the book is set in the Godkiller armour as Tony and 451 drearily play cat and mouse, and for that alone this book’s a failure because it’s so boring. “Get him!”, “Ahhhh, runaway, runaway!”, “Grr, he escaped! Get him!”, “Nyah-nyah, can’t catch me, I’ve got flying armour!” x 3 chapters. But the secret origin part is where Gillen really drops the ball. I won’t go into spoilers but it’s a massive faux pas that also weirdly doesn’t satisfy as an origin story as it leaves further mystery of Tony’s beginnings!

Gillen’s Iron Man has been one of the worst Marvel NOW! runs – it’s been consistently sub-par since the start and hasn’t shown any improvement over three books. I’ll probably read Iron Man again one day, but not with this writer in the driving seat.

Iron Man, Wolverine – which Marvel character’s origin can Gillen screw with next?
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Cosmic Iron Man 10 Jan 2014
By Mr. Mice Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER
The story running through issues #12-17 of the latest series of Iron Man (volume 6) is collected as Iron Man - Volume 3: The Secret Origin of Tony Stark - Book 2 (Marvel Now). This continues the revelations made at the end of the previous volume by the rogue Rigellian Recorder, that the son of Howard and Maria Stark had been genetically engineered as part of a very long term plan to be an advanced human and lead Earth into a new technologically advanced age. What the rogue Rigellian Recorder didn’t tell anyone was that the child would also be genetically modified to be able to pilot the ultimate weapon, a five-mile high humanoid-shaped suit of battle-armour, originally created by a race that fought the Celestials at the beginning of the universe, and beat them. That race is long gone, but the armour remains, and the Recorder has been gathering the missing and scattered components and is ready to activate the armour. All it needs is its genetically modified pilot…

This is an excellently-drawn and scripted story, with an excellent resolution and springboard for a new future for Iron Man.

The story here involves the Rigellian Recorder’s revelations about his plan for the cosmic suit, but the pilot unfortunately becomes part of the machine. Stark is not happy with this part of the scheme, and goes on the run inside the ship/suit. Death’s Head meanwhile has discovered that there is a huge reward for the Recorder, and comes looking for him, using Stark’s Armoury to track them. The Recorder uses his abilities to take control of Death’s Head body, as well as PEPPER, but they manage to outwit the Recorder for a while.
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5.0 out of 5 stars O brother, where art thou..? 3 Jan 2014
This volume collects issues 12 to 17 of Kieron Gillen's run on Iron Man, which has been building momentum since Marvel launched the NOW! series a little over a year ago. When I reviewed Iron Man Vol.2: The Secret Origin of Tony Stark I stated that Gillen had hit us with a revelation that changes what we thought we ever knew about Tony Stark. Well, volume 3 has blown that revelation out of the water with an even more dazzling shocker.

There now may be spoilers ahead...

The story flits between flashbacks of Howard Stark's dealings with the alien robot Recorder 451, and to the present day where Iron Man is still in outer space. We had earlier learned in volume 2 that 451 had tinkered with the unborn Tony to manipulate his genes in order to create a super genius that would save the world. The duplicitous 451 we now discover, had more plans.

Enter the Godkiller, an ancient 5-mile tall celestial suit of armour designed to be a galactic weapon of mass destruction, which 451 has in his possession, and now that he has Tony in his possession too, he reveals that he engineered Stark in his mother's womb to become the Godkiller's pilot. His plan? Use the Godkiller to strike fear into the entire universe. Who dares attack Earth with the Godkiller defending it?

Unfortunately, something has gone wrong with the plan. Tony is unable to synchronise with the Godkiller's interface, and is now hurtling towards the Earth at faster than light speed.

It's up to Tony, with the help of alien bounty hunter robot Death's Head, returning from volume 2, to thwart Recorder 451 and stop the Godkiller from smashing into the planet Earth and destroying it totally.
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