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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel - US (2 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785165517
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785165514
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 0.6 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 140,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By dasboot on 15 Sep 2013
Format: Paperback
This particular graphic novel, (I would never call it just a comic) is powerful, concise and very entertaining, with beautiful artwork and no blurry edges. A must for all fans, and I am eagerly awaiting Extremis to see how the story arc will develop, as the plot is also thought-provoking.
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By AislingSiobhan on 19 May 2013
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The only problem is that it sums up Extremis, and I already own the Extremis arc seperately, but this one does cover a little bit about where Rhodey was during "The Avengers" movie as well, which is nice to know.
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Let's be clear, as a prelude, this was never going to be the greatest comic story ever told, but it's important it does the one thing a good prelude should: fill the gaps. Does it succeed? Well...

Primarily the comic is focused on Rhodey and where he was during the Avengers, so in that sense it's really more of a side-quel to "Avengers" than a prequel to Iron Man 3. We do get some nice insight into where he was and what happened with the War Machine redesign we see in IM3 (subsequently repainted as Iron Patriot).

However, the art is a little lacklustre, surprisingly so, as Steve Kurth is the artist and he did a fantastic job on "Ultimate Comics: Armour Wars" another Iron Man book... Perhaps its the inkers or colourists letting him down, or perhaps he was tight on time having to get this out in time for the movie, but either way it's far from his best work.

As to other elements of the comic... well, let's just say it's clear the writers weren't given full disclosure about the movie, as there are a lot of things in here that really don't mesh with the movie's plot, most noticeably the use of the Ten Rings, who aren't even mentioned in the movie, only implied to be headed by The Mandarin, which is another problematic element of the comic, which I won't go into due to spoiling the movie.

Basically this is your bog standard movie tie-in comic, short and average, with a handful of nice elements, but ultimately nothing that can't be inferred by your average movie-goer.
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A tasty tease 14 April 2013
By Jem - Published on Amazon.com
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I ordered this prelude because I'm excited for the upcoming Iron Man 3 film and the advertisements promised to explain where Rhodey was during the Battle of New York at the end of Avengers. And it does.

The book opens with the comic adaptation of the Iron Man 2 film. This is a very succinct recap of the film, but it did include a few scenes not in the film (such as Rhodey's 1st flight in a suit which occurs before he "steals" War Machine!) These little bits are definitely for the Marvel fans. The book then moves onto the actual prelude which overlaps the same time period as the Avengers film. There are a few panels that depict what happens during that film, but mostly it is all new scenes - predominantly of War Machine on his mission. As with the films, the comic manages to bring in some humor, such as everyone thinking Rhodey is Iron Man, but the critical point is that Rhodey has been hunting the funding source of the Ten Rings terrorist organization which is a lead-in to Mandarin, the villain for Iron Man 3. Rhodey arrives back in New York for a pivotal fan-favorite scene and some prologue scenes. The book closes with the first issue of Iron Man from 2005, which teases the Extremis virus and concludes with an ad for that new release, Iron Man: Extremis. And it worked. I now want to read that story!

Overall, this is a tasty tease that doesn't offer anything substantive but was a fun read. Yes, it's overpriced for the amount of new material contained in it but is a worthwhile purchase for the fans - especially movie fans looking for a little more who don't want to get into comics. Highly recommended.
A precurser to the movie 27 Aug 2013
By Cool Guy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A great comic book as a refresher to part 2 of the movie before going to Part 3 of the movie, but don't expect much to be given out about the movie, i also liked the fact that it also explains what and where War Machine was doing in the last sequence of Avengers. The additional material in the end was also great.
Good lead in to Iron Man 3 26 May 2013
By UK - Published on Amazon.com
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Good lead into the new movie shows you what you others missed by not reading the book. All Iron Man loves need to read.
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Comic Book Joke 13 May 2013
By Bryan Sheehan - Published on Amazon.com
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I did not realize this book was a comic book and it was expensive. Next time when I see the words "The Movie Prelude" I will assume that it is a comic book.
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