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5.0 out of 5 stars Big on ideas, light on substance, 8 July 2013
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This review is from: Iron Man: Believe (Paperback)
This is an interesting story, which runs through the first five issues of `Iron-Man', with good artwork, and plenty of excellent characterisation, but it seemed to lack something.

These issues have been collected as Iron Man: Believe, which I have just found in my local library. I haven't yet read the final volume of the previous series, but I'm guessing a new suit, or even system, of armour was involved. In this storyline we see Extremis making an appearance, thanks to A.I.M., and Tony and SHIELD have to track down the four samples that have been sold. Only one sample can really be considered to be in the hands of a genuine villain, the others are in the hands of individuals of or organisations that are using it to advance human abilities for one reason or another. However, they have to be shut down, one issue at a time. Tony and his travelling Armoury do a bit of travelling, choosing the suit to fit the crime, so it isn't just big giant robot fights. Eventually though, having encountered all the people trying to use Extremis to go boldly into the future, Tony realises that, even without Extremis, he could do better than he has been, and so heads off into the unknown himself...

THE SPOILER ZONE
THE SPOILER ZONE
THE SPOILER ZONE

Issue #1 finds Extremis reappearing in the hands of A.I.M.. With the help of SHIELD, Tony tracks down an auction, and, after Iron Man has a word with the security, gets the auctioneer to disclose that four samples have been sold.

Issue #2 sees the first of the customers, neighbours of Doctor Doom, who need to make sure they stay ahead of the curve. They have their own `Arthurian'-themed armoured suits, but need Extremis to give them an edge. Their leader challenges Tony to a tournament withy his `atomic' knights, some of whom we have met in the past.

Issue #3 sees a proper supervillain fight with the Living Laser, Firebrand and Vibro, as Tony tries to infiltrate a Colombian crime lord's base to retrieve the next Extremis sample. However, all is not as it seems, and Tony finds himself helping the Extremis subject. It is also another step on the road to the finale of this storyline...

Issue #4 sees us in the Catacombs of Paris, where Extremis has been used to create a group of human hosts for extradimensional demons, or at least, they have been programmed to think that they are hosts for extradimensional demons, and therefore, thanks to Extremis, they act like they are. Fortunately, they have also been programmed to obey the rules, and so Tony is able to use the rules against them. He also takes another step towards the finale.

Issue #5 takes us to a space station, where Eli Stane (? - the chap from the 1st film) and his crew have used Extremis to make them `space' proof, ready to go boldly - "Well, cute robot tanks aren't going to be the only thing on Mars anymore".
After a full and forthright discussion involving their respective weapon systems, Tony leaves them to get on with it, but destroying the remaining Extremis sample - "We have to climb the mountains by ourselves. We don't do it because it's easy. We do it because it's hard". At least he doesn't maroon the on Ceti Alpha III. Or IV.

But it has all taken its toll, and Tony realises that, even without Extremis, he could do better than he has been, and so heads off into the unknown himself... (to join the Guardians of the Galaxy???)
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