on 2 April 2013
Ah dear, this is great fun. In truth, most of it is about as deep as a puddle but it is a great slice of old fashioned goodies and baddies like they do not make any more. Essentially, this covers the arc in which Justin Hammer emerges to threathen Iron Man and tip him over the edge. However, "over the edge" is a relative term. In truth, ol' Shellhead has more of a wobble rather than falling off the wagon completely. In all honesty, I suggest just getting on and enjoying the wham-pow rather than worrying about it, though oddly I did find the conclusion to the first part of the story quite thoughtful and interesting. Also, from a fanboy's perspective, there was a bit which sent goosebumps up my spine, when Tony mentions Scott Lang's daughter Cassie. It feel odd to hear her mentioned as a normal girl, without anybody having any idea that she would grow up and die saving her father's life.
on 6 February 2010
During Iron Man's history, there has never been a more defining moment for Tony Stark and his armored persona than the one described in "Demon in a Bottle". It is a story full of expressing emotions, based in real life problems and situations. I have been a great Iron Man fan since my childhood, for his resourcefulness and intellect, but as an adult the most appealing factor is that Iron Man isn't the stereotyped, spandex-dressed hero, whose faith and moral virtues are unbreakable. He is the everyday hero you want to become and he faces the problems of our real world. "Demon in a bottle" is an inspired story, far from just-good-vs-evil, with many shades of grey and one deserving a place on your shelf.
on 7 April 2010
They simply don't do stories like this anymore.
And taken in context with the time it was originally written, it stands as a milestone tale. Yes, the artwork and captions still reflects 'the mighty marvel way' of the 60s and 70s and may not seem very sophisticated by today's photorealistic style, but as the critics say: if it ain't broke, don't fix it!
A brilliant tale for Iron Man fans, and a must read for anyone even remotely interested in the man, the suit, or the mythos.