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  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel - US (16 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785168338
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785168331
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.3 x 26.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By 50 Squirrels of Grey TOP 50 REVIEWER on 8 July 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is an interesting story, which runs through the first five issues of `Iron-Man', with good artwork, and plenty of excellent characterisation, but it seemed to lack something.

These issues have been collected as Iron Man: Believe, which I have just found in my local library. I haven't yet read the final volume of the previous series, but I'm guessing a new suit, or even system, of armour was involved. In this storyline we see Extremis making an appearance, thanks to A.I.M., and Tony and SHIELD have to track down the four samples that have been sold. Only one sample can really be considered to be in the hands of a genuine villain, the others are in the hands of individuals of or organisations that are using it to advance human abilities for one reason or another. However, they have to be shut down, one issue at a time. Tony and his travelling Armoury do a bit of travelling, choosing the suit to fit the crime, so it isn't just big giant robot fights. Eventually though, having encountered all the people trying to use Extremis to go boldly into the future, Tony realises that, even without Extremis, he could do better than he has been, and so heads off into the unknown himself...


Issue #1 finds Extremis reappearing in the hands of A.I.M.. With the help of SHIELD, Tony tracks down an auction, and, after Iron Man has a word with the security, gets the auctioneer to disclose that four samples have been sold.

Issue #2 sees the first of the customers, neighbours of Doctor Doom, who need to make sure they stay ahead of the curve.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marco Gouveia on 21 Jun. 2014
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brilliant writing as your read it it feels like a iron man story, with a great start to the series it seems like its going to go strength to strength.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
not bad 23 April 2013
By lordKelvin - Published on
Format: Hardcover
as a long time reader of iron man i can say this is a good iron man book, not excellent just good, it is set a short time after the invincible iron man # 527 and is NOT a reboot, the art is awesome, one of the best i have seen in NOW, the story is basically tony whooping around guys that have gotten hold of Extremis, so its not bad, it is certainly not as good as some of the latest iron man arcs but that doesnt mean it is awfully bad, and it has some awesome moments, if you like iron man i actually recommend it, if you are a new reader this is not a bad starting point although i would actually recommend you start with Extremis.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
original extremis was a little better... 18 April 2013
By Tookie - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Kieron Gillen re-boots Iron Man with Believe. Tony gets a message from an old friend Maya Hansen (the recreator of extremis) only come to realize she is now dead. With her last words she warns Tony that her extremis virus has been let loose and in the hands of all the wrong people. Tony tracks down the various people who are using extremis for better but mostly for worse. The story is decently written and the art is done well. I just found it jumped around a little too much to have particular feelings towards various characters. This book also includes a digital copy to read anywhere on the go, and Augmented Reality (downloadable app that shows behind the scenes with the creators and how the book came together etc.) , if you can get it to work...I give believe 3.4/5 stars.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
This story is several years too late 17 April 2013
By Ian - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book collects the first 5 issues of the newly launched Iron Man series by Kieron Gillen and Greg Land. This first arc opens up with the death of Maya Hansen, a long-time friend of Tony Stark, and the creator of Extremis. It seems A.I.M. has stolen Maya's work, and wish to sell it to the highest bidders. To avenge Maya's death, Iron Man must track down and destroy all four strains of Extremis that have been sold. I felt that this first arc was pretty weak story-wise. It will be fine for new fans who are looking for a jumping-on point, especially after seeing Iron Man 3. However, I would highly recommend Iron Man: Extremis by Warren Ellis and Adi Granov for those same fans over this any day. The story is pretty basic, which feels underwhelming coming from such a gifted writer like Kieron Gillen. The art is by Greg Land, who is a bit polarizing for fans. You either like his work or you don't. I have no problem with his art besides the fact that characters have ridiculous smiles on their faces in some panels for no absolute reason. This seems to be a common complaint with him. That, and the fact that most of his female characters all look exactly the same, just with different hairstyles. However, Land shines whenever Tony is in his Iron Man armor. Shell-head uses several different armors in this arc, which is a great showcase of Land's abilities. This is a decent read for new fans, but older fans will feel like they're having leftovers.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A re-launched title designed as an introductory book for new readers... 8 Feb. 2014
By N. Beitler - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Title: Iron Man Vol 1: Believe (HC)
Publisher: Marvel
Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artists: Greg Land (pencils), Jay Leisten (inks), Guru eFX (colors), Greg Land & Guru eFX (covers)
Collects: Iron Man #1-5
Price: $24.99

A new Iron Man movie in the theaters (Iron Man 3) means it’s time to re-launch the Iron Man comic book, I guess. In an effort to bring in new readers and tie the book closer to the movie’s storyline, the main storyline running through this first book deals heavily with Extremis tech (like the movie) and mentions Maya Hanson (who is a main character in the movie) many times. As is the case in the movie, Tony is sporting his newly minted armor. This new suit looks pretty different from the ones we’ve seen him wearing in the past. In the movie, Tony’s new suit is nearly all gold with some red accents. In this book, the red is completely gone and his armor is now black with gold accents. The new look is visually appealing, though quite a departure from what’s come before. On the whole, I have to say that I like it.

Most of the issues in this first story arc are pretty much stand-alone issues. You could pick them up and read them without needing any knowledge of continuity to enjoy them. Again, I think this probably is done, intentionally, to make the book more accessible to people who happened to pick up the book after the movie generated interest in the character. Each issue showcases a different, specialized version of his new armor. Each issues, of course, the armor is customized to his particular mission parameters. One thing that I really didn’t care for is the briefcase armor in liquid form. How is the reader supposed to believe that Tony’s armor can magically transform itself from a pool of silver liquid (ala the T-1000 in the movie T2) into his black-and-gold armor? This sort of thing is much more believable in a book such as X-O Manowar where you’re dealing with some advanced alien tech, but it’s impossible to believe that such technology would be created and used in the present day.

Gillen’s stories – as I mentioned before – are pretty much one-and-done, each one is designed to show off the Iron Man armor more than to tell and meaningful stories. I guess this is OK for a time, but eventually any new or long-time readers are going to need more to stick around. I don’t know how long Gillen is contracted to write this title. Hopefully he can bring something new to the table besides a flashy new suit of armor. I will read the next book in the series to see where he takes things from here. As the book ends with Tony venturing off into space for no apparent good reason, I’m curious to see what the plan is.

Artwork on this book is by Greg Land. Greg Land is a great artist. He really is. The first time you read a book illustrated by Land, you think he’s one of the best artists, ever. And then you read more and more and your opinion starts to change. Why? Because everything always looks the same. The characters are almost always smiling or looking sly. The women are always looking seductive or laughing. The characters are often in the exact same poses. Greg is a big fan of drawing both men and women with their hands near their faces. With the men, it’s usually a fist by their chin or pinching their nose in an anguished look. With the women, it’s often a pose with their fingertips near their lips with some coy or flirtatious look on their faces. The repetitiveness of his artwork definitely diminishes my opinion of his otherwise beautiful artwork. It’s kind of like his has some basic templates of artwork saved on his computer that he just edits and draws backgrounds around and re-uses time and again. While this may be a fast and efficient way to put a book together, it is noticeable to the reader.

Inks and colors on the book are great. I’ve never seen Guru eFX do a bad job on a book, and that studio has colored some of my favorite Marvel books.

The price on this book is pretty hard to swallow – even with the included redemption code for the digital edition of the book. I will NEVER pay $5 per issue for a comic book in trade format. For $25.00, I need more content included in the book.

Writing: 6/10
Artwork: 7/10
Cool Factor: 8/10
Value: 6/10

Overall: 7/10
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
It wasn’t bad, I’m just uninterested. 7 Mar. 2014
By Matt Anderson - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Collects Iron Man issues #1-5

I don’t have a lot to say about this volume. Honestly, it wasn’t my favorite. It wasn’t bad, I’m just uninterested. The second issue of this collection was the best because I like the idea of a group of supervillains using Arthurian mythology as the basis for their villainous identities. I think this one issue did a good job of establishing these armor-wearing baddies, so I hope to see more of them in the future. The artwork was good, but otherwise I have no interest in continuing reading this series. With that being said, the cliffhanger at the end of the volume that points to what will come next was intriguing.
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