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5.0 out of 5 stars Best iron man in a while . ., 6 Jan 2009
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This review is from: Invincible Iron Man Volume 1: The Five Nightmares Premiere HC (Hardcover)
To give a bit of background to this review i have to mention that i am a big iron man fan and i generally by every book that is released.

The last few i have to say have been disappointing. The Five Nightmares has just turned that around. The hardcover (which i read) looks very nice from the outside, and under the paper cover its red with gold stamped printing, which is done well.

The writing is really good. It is my first experience of matt fraction and has set him up well wit me. It has seven episodes but they link together well, more like it was written with being novelised in mind rather than just a series. It doesnt have overtones of the secret invasion in it at all, which is a nice change because every other marvel book ive read over the last 6 months has involved nick fury or skrulls. This is a simple iron man book (although spider-man turns up in the last episode).

Without spoiling too much the main antagonist in this story is ezekial stane (isiah's son) who is out to get revenge on stark and stark industries for his fathers death. pepper potts is back to help with a few appearances of war machine.

The artwork is fantastic, brightly coloured and standing out well on the high-end glossy paper. I havent read a book drawn by Salvador Larroca before but he will be an artist ill be keeping an eye out.

The only downside i found was in the last chapter, in which tony stark tells spider-man he cant help unless he registers. Unless my memory serves me wrong i remember in the secret invasion peter parker publicly unveiling himself under the guidance of stark before turning sides.

This is a great marvel book, and i cant wait to see what volume 2 will bring
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Initial post: 30 Mar 2009 03:50:37 BDT
D. J. Simons says:
Definitely agree with you. I read it when it got released in paperback recently. Best iron man in a long time. I should also add for those who have never read an iron man comic that this story is extremely accessible and is the best choice after seeing the movie.

Given that you are an iron-man fan, can you recommend any other good iron man stories to pick up (in tpb preferably), as i havent been following iron man since the early 2000s?

Posted on 3 Apr 2009 15:28:31 BDT
Last edited by the author on 3 Apr 2009 15:29:53 BDT
Simon Hall says:
This is my first ever Iron Man book. I picked this up as I was enjoying the character in New Avengers, but got put off by Civil War and all the Skrull cack that followed. I love this book! Salvador Larocca's art has come a long way since I last saw it in the pages of Death's Head II and Ghost Rider. It really is a beautifully drawn book. The watercolour style colours are a great compliment to his work too! The book wouldn't be so great without Matt Fraction though, who has done what few writers do these days. He's kept any ties to other Marvel books to a minimum, with no reference to what has gone before which newbies like me really appreciate. Best of all though, is Stark's relationship with Pepper Potts. Fraction has written this character so well. She's so subtley portayed, and Larocca's art really brings the character to life. I love the body language she's been given. Not overly comfortable with the glitzy side of Stark's life, she remains a true friend and trusted confident throughout. Lovely stuff! The Spiderman thing at the end confused me too, unitl a friend told me about 'Brand New Day' over in the Spider books. An event which to me sounded like Marvel having utter contempt for its readership by dreaming up a frankly awful storyline to cut Mary Jane out of Parker's life and reset his entire continuity in the Marvel Universe (he was made to choose between saving Aunt May - whose been properly dead before - and his wife by the demon Mephisto. As good as it sounds). So now no-one knows who Spiderman is anymore. Geez, him and MJ could have just got a divorce - or was that not 'dramatic' enough?!
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