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This review is from: Iron Man: Extremis (Iron Man (Marvel Comics) (Quality Paper)) (Paperback)
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In recent years there has been a new renaissance of superhero movies which I overall I am really pleased about. Some good... some not so good. I already knew about a lot of the superheroes they portray from my childhood and watching their TV shows. I've seen almost all these modern day film depictions (despite Green Lantern - not heard anything good about that one!) and have really become enamoured with certain heroes and less keen on others. I guess you could say some movies make us believe, and others just pass over us as they don't relate. And I think the key thing with any superhero story is the relation with the reader/watcher/audience.
One of my young distant memories is watching X-Men in silly yellow suits and crude clichéd remarks, the other is Iron Man who had a gallery of suits and saved the world in one of them each episode. I guess the novelists and film makers saw potential in these shows to develop a stronger concept to bring to a wider, adult audience (and also bring in a younger audience to their respective Marvel/DC worlds).
As you may have guessed, I'm a film and TV watcher and always have been. I have always been visual and loved the moving picture (eventually going to Leeds College of Art to Study the same). And so by no means am I a graphic novel aficionado. At art college I dabbled with a few weighty tomes that looked good and felt good in the hands, but never really got into their concepts. However Iron Man intrigued me. The Man, the Suit, the power, the challenges. How could one man be an answer to all problems? Then I started reading about the origins of Iron Man and that kind of sealed my interest. I was hooked
After the first Iron Man 3 film trailer was released, again I was very interested in the plot and how he could develop further. Also whilst researching the new film I found it was going to be loosely based on the 'Extremis' storyline which had already existed for some time. Eager to understand what this storyline was I did more research. And it turns out 'Extremis' is an alternative beginning to Iron Man and his woes/successes. I am eager to watch the film but it was a long time coming - so i wanted to know more. Then this preorder of the compilation of the 6 story arc of the 'Extremis' storyline was going to be released as a compilation. How do comic book guys wait til the next comic book!?
I received my copy of Extremis this morning and started reading it because the stupid grand national and nothing else was on. And I did not put it down once. I read it from cover to cover. This story rightly portrays Tony Stark as a troubled genius with a stand to take and metaphorical cross to bear. He is challenged by more than one foe (himself being one included) and undergoes anything to overcome everything. The artwork is stunning - dark yet bright when needed, the wording and character's story flows perfectly (by my standards), the broad range of storylines and their convergence is spot on and the novel really leaves me wanting more. And I think that is the point with a graphic novel like this.
Now if you don't want any negatives about this book you should look away now and order - but in my humble opinion the 'technology' scenes should be shown in more detail and how they are experienced and that the battles should be more protracted to give you an idea of Tony Starks metamorphosis.
I hope this review helps (it's the first I have written for a product - but I felt it was needed) and if you have any comments I would be happy to hear them.
Overall for the money I spent, the storyline, the splendidly appropriate artwork - I would highly recommend it and it will leave you wanting more from the Mr. Stark and his film that is coming later this year.