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4.0 out of 5 stars 1 1/2 discs of great entertainment, 27 July 2008
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This review is from: Iron Man - the Complete Series (1990's) (DVD)
The animated Iron Man ran for 2 seasons between 1994 and 1996.
The first disc and a half contain the first season which pits Iron Man and his Forceworks allies Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch (in an outfit you would never get away with using live action), Spider-Woman, Century (who was new to me) and War Machine against The Mandarin and Modok.
Modok here is no longer the evil man-machine that led A.I.M., he is reduced to being the Mandarin's lackey and as comic relief, except for one notable episode with his "new" origin. In almost every episode they are joined by their villainous allies Hypnotia, Whirlwind, Dreadknight, Blizzard, Grey Gargoyle and Blacklash. Occasional support comes from Titanium Man, Ultimo, the dragon Fin Fang Foom and Tony Stark's industrial nemesis Justin Hammer.
The bizarre, and mercifully brief, CGI costume change added nothing, nor did the Hall of Armour and Stark's oversize briefcase. That aside, the first season was OK but never really rose much above that.
Season 2 kicked off with the catchy "I Am Iron Man" theme tune and saw the Forceworks team split up as well the Mandarin seemingly killed after the battle with Fin Fang Foom. After this clearing of the decks the way was clear for some new characters and Iron Man's team becomes Spider-Woman, War Machine (often just as James Rhodes) with guest slots from Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D., the Hulk and Stingray.
New foes Firebrand, A.I.M., Sunturion, Crimson Dynamo, Madame Masque, Titanium Man, Dark Aegis, the Leader and some brief guest slots from a whole series of armoured villains in "Armor Wars" including old Marvel favourites Stilt-Man, Beetle, and The Controller.
The last 2 episodes see Iron Man re-joined by his Forceworks allies as The Mandarin also re-unites with his old allies from the first series to battle it out one last time.
The animation is great throughout but season 2 is the real stand out. As an old Marvelite who missed out on the 1980'S & 1990's (but am slowly catching up) this was a treat to watch as it mixed old stories I recognised with new variants. There's even a new origin for Iron Man himself and it's nice to see Hawkeye's chip still standing firmly on his shoulders after all this time.
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Initial post: 15 Jul 2012 12:20:52 BDT
I. R. Kerr says:
Again Amazon's system has apparently mixed up 2 different items the series from the 1960's and 1990's so I have altered the reviews slightly accordingly
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