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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: MARVEL - US; 01 edition (2 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785183787
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785183785
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 0.6 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Warren Ellis is an English author of comics, novels, and television, who is well known for sociocultural commentary, both through his online presence and through his writing, which covers transhumanist themes (most notably nanotechnology, cryonics, mind transfer, and human enhancement). He is a resident of Southend-on-Sea, England.

Adi works as an illustrator and designer primarily for Marvel. His most notable works include the Iron Man: Extremis series, written by Warren Ellis, and his role as a conceptual designer and illustrator on the Iron Man films.


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What happens when someone seeks to out-technology Tony Stark using biology rather than metal? Is the Iron Man now obsolete?
Warren Ellis’ key strength is his originality, his thinking outside the box. If you give him 50 years of constraining baggage and an editor who likes to say “no” his razor wit gets tempered. This is a good story, both in terms of Iron Man and writing in general, but you can only take so many liberties.

There is a lot of dialogue. This is generally considered a weakness in comics. But a character like Tony Stark allows us to think about technology, the future and Mankind’s relationship to both. There are some good themes and you do see Tony in conflict with himself, display a wide range of emotions, and grow as a person. The antagonist also has a believable history and motivation and isn’t just filler.

It is said that this was the inspiration for the film Iron Man 3. It is the basis but not the blueprint. Some of the names are the same but the characters they are attached to are wildly different. You can see the similarities but each has their own identity.

The art is superb with Granov delivering a fully painted book. This distinctive look compliments the mature storytelling and gives it a realistic grounding. The motion comic takes this wonderful art and through micro-animation brings movement to the text. The speech bubbles are replaced by voice actors and sound effects. Characters lips and limbs move, albeit in a slightly Terry Gilliam style. And the Iron Man suit and a few other sequences are rendered in CGI.

This is a unique medium all of its own, taking the initial steps into its Harryhausen era. Not a digital comic and not a traditional animation. Many see it as a bastardisation of superior forms.
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A destructive new chemical compound called Extremis that gives the user superhuman powers is set loose onto a domestic terrorist with an agenda to bring down Washington. Cue Tony Stark, flying in to save the day! But even Iron Man isn't able to deal with this threat and must make a life altering choice. We also get the Iron Man origin story here that was used in the Iron Man film (with a few subtle tweaks).

I love Warren Ellis' writing whether it's his weird, original material or more mainstream projects like this book with Marvel. He always writes a very interesting, very fun script and "Extremis" is no exception. Tony Stark's intelligent, humourous nature is put across nicely as are moral arguments for scientists whose work can be used for both good and evil. Much was made of Adi Granov's art but I found it to be a bit bland. Iron Man looks good but the colours are very muted and the humans all look computer generated rather than natural. It wasn't terrible artwork but it was a long way from the brilliance I had been led to expect with this book.

"Extremis" was a great jumping off point for the Iron Man movie series and I think the producers would have done better if they'd chosen the hyper-powerful Timothy-McVey-type in this book than Jeff Bridges' giant robot-suited villain. It just seems like Ellis' villain is more edgy and interesting. The origin story here was also well handled, with Stark visiting Afghanistan and being taken prisoner by the Taliban. There's also a great throwback to the first issue of Iron Man, design-wise.

Overall, a very satisfying, well written superhero comic that I definitely recommend to fans both of the genre but also to those who aren't so that they can see why people enjoy these stories.
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Not a massive Iron Man fan (the first film was spectacular and the second wasn't bad either), but Extremis was well regarded, so I read it. Warren Ellis's story is well rounded and easy to follow, presenting us with both a pretty cool updated version of Stark's transformation into Iron Man, now set in Afghanistan (as opposed to Vietnam in Stan Lee's original) which is shown in flash back form in the arc, whilst Stark has to go back to basics to fight a new threat: Extremis.

The story is well written and flows easily in an age where we have been bombarded by Iron Man in Cartoons, films and other comics. Adi Granov's art is so spectactular, it's easy to see why Jon Faverou recruited him into designing the Iron Man Armour seen in his films. Fully recommended for fans of the films/newcomers and hard-core followers alike.
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I am a huge fan of the spiderman and deapool comics but I recently started to want to branch out and this is my first iron man purchase and wow it was worth it such a good storyline and it follows on from the movies so a good place to start off on for beginners but even for avid iron man fans this is a great read
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Having read the new Iron Man comics I both enjoyed the art and though the stories that drove them. If you have read those or some of the many cross overs you would have heard of the technology that this book is based upon.

Extremis is basically Tony Stark deciding that his armour is out of date compared to the approaching technologies that he is going to have to fight! As a result and through meeting an old friend he invests and adapts.

The result is a new superpowered version of Tony. The story is very good as showing his fears and the villian of the book makes a worthy foe to force Starks hand.

Only worth buying for true Iron Man fans. If you just want a solo book, shop else where.
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