- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 388,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Iron Man: Extremis (Iron Man (Marvel Comics) (Quality Paper)) Paperback – 2 Apr 2013
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found the storyline very enjoyable. The colour and artwork is great and the pages are of great quality. The hardcover makes it feel very nice.Published 13 months ago by Ajaj
I loved this book and thought that the artwork in it was superb! Warren Ellis is a master class in comics!Published 17 months ago by Chris
The artwork of this comic is so lifeless that it makes it almost impossible to engage with. The story may be good, but it's almost impossible to engage with purely because of the... Read morePublished on 6 Dec. 2014 by Scazzle
Interesting story but maybe I needed a bigger comic book background to fully understand some parts of it.
Still a good story.
As a birthday present this was well received as it tied in to the movie earlier this year. The package arrived when I was told it would and was well package.Published on 15 July 2013 by Mrs Cox
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. Read morePublished on 7 April 2013 by Sam Quixote