Iron Man by Michelinie, Layton & Romita Jr. Omnibus Hardcover – 26 Feb 2013
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In tone it is different from the X-men or Daredevil, more light hearted, but it is the definitive arc for the title character. Fun and action packed adventure stories and sometimes surprisingly deep writing.
The product quality is good for the price, it's cheaper than the avarage Marvel omnibus and the cover feels a bit different and the paper is thinner (maybe a bit too thin but nothing major), but it looks good and lays flat very well.
If somebody is looking for some classic Iron man I would absolutely recommend this book.
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The book contains issues 115 through 157 and contains the initial run by the creative team (the second run was after another few creative teams) during which we get the classic story Demon in Bottle which dealt with Tony Stark's battle with alcoholism, the amazing Doomquest storyline which was imaginative and fun (plus a team up (sort of) with Doctor Doom with time travel involved), and the first appearances of classic foes such as Justin Hammer.
There are complaints that the paper in the book is too thin but I actually prefer it that way as it makes the book easier to hold and read. The cover is done differently than some omnibus in the past, the cover is a matte finish with the logo screen-printed, in full colour, on the front which I think is a nice change. The omnibus is still sturdy and will hold up for a long time. Yes it is smaller but the books are now easier to store and read as I said before. The move to thinner paper doesn't seem like a downgrade to me.
The stories within besides the two mentioned above are stories that explore the character and his world. They are fun as well as deep. It was a changing time for marvel and the world in general and the comics reflected that change, such as with the character Bethany Cabe, who was different than previous supporting characters.
As for the extras there is not a letters page section but what we do have is good. This includes a re-coloured version of issue 144, many pages of original art, by Byrne, Layton and Romita, the covers of the various Doomquest and Demon in a Bottle collections and some Layton covers for the comics that were not used as well as Michelinie's intros from the previous Doomquest and Demon in a Bottle hardcovers. The restoration done for this book is nothing short of awesome and it truly comes off as a labour of love, to give fans the best reproduction of the material possible.
Michelinie, Layton and Romita jr. really left their mark on Iron Man and I hope it is not too long before volume 2 comes which will collect the second run (and hopefully some of the miniseries they did)
1. Read a third of the book, enjoying the stories so far. Pretty sure that i will enjoy the rest so i give the story a 5.
2. The art by JRJR is gorgeous. Never thought he drew like this before. An easy 5 for the art.
3. Production - the pages are obviously thinner than the Marvel omnibus book i bought before.You better be careful when you read this in front of a fan ... yeah it's that thin ... have you seen the DC thin graphic novels ? It's slightly thicker than those. This is quite disappointing having been used to great production of Marvel before. I give 2 to production quality.
Overall, i would still recommend this omnibus coz the story and art compensates for the mediocre production. Like the others, i hope this does not become a trend in future omnibuses.
This edition collects 42 issues of Iron Man, starting at #115 and going to #157. Well known stories in here include "Demon in a Bottle" and "Doomquest", both of which were printed in 'Marvel Premiere Classic' versions a few years ago; it also includes the first stories with Justin Hammer, plus appearances by Titanium Man, Madame Masque, Spymaster, the Unicorn and the Hulk. It even has the issue #118 whose cover is one of the more dynamic and well-known pieces of Iron Man art out there. There's a decent bit of extra materials, sketches and miscellaneous art, contained as well. As far as content goes, I have no complaints whatsoever.
Unfortunately, this seems to be the first in a new style of omnibus, with thinner paper being the most apparent difference when removing it from the shrink wrap. The paper grade feels very different, and cheaper, which is a letdown when comparing it to past Marvel omnibus releases.
The cover material under the jacket is also very different, made out of a less textured stock with a matte effect. Instead of the die-cut silver logos from past releases, the "Iron Man" and "Marvel Omnibus" on the cover are rendered in color, flatly on top the cover and spine. You wouldn't notice unless you removed the dust jacket, but it seems a little underwhelming considering the classy presentation of past releases.
With the jacket on, you're not going to notice anything and it seems to be the only major component of these releases to maintain the previous quality. Mine is the direct market version with the Layton cover.
The paper isn't going to crumble between your fingers or anything, but this change worries me for future releases. If the second Silver Age Thor omnibus is released in this style, it won't match it at all if you remove the dust cover. Considering how some people display their omnibuses without the jackets, this really isn't really a plus. It does make the overall book lighter, and SLIGHTLY thinner,but the trade off is the pages feel a little more likely to rip. The overall package feels less sturdy but I don't think it's in any danger of showing much wear on the outside despite that.
I've always bought the Marvel Omnibus releases with the assurance that they're the highest quality reprints of any material out there. They've handily outdone any DC release, short of the Absolute editions, and have almost always contained more material for their equal quality and pricing. I'm disappointed to even see Marvel's reprint department experimenting with this though; it makes picking this material up digitally a lot more tempting. I absolutely wouldn't purchase something like a 3rd Spider-Man omnibus if it felt so drastically different from the two previous volumes.
Still, this is still light years past the presentation and construction of things like the DC omnibus releases: the spine is still sewn and there's no gutter loss to be found. I do wonder if the new paper is a sacrifice made to allow so many issues in one release, though if that's what it takes, I wouldn't have been too bothered by an extra volume or two at a slightly lowered price point to make that more practical.
Besides the issues with the construction, this is a pretty good deal for some outstanding material. You'll have to decide for yourself if the downgrade in quality is something worth supporting, but since this is currently around 40% the retail price it doesn't seem too terrible. Still, I'd be outraged if I had been forced to pick it up after it went out of print, the way many Marvel omnibuses do. I'm not enthusiastic to this format carrying over into the future though, as we're paying the same price we always have been for these volumes for a decrease in quality.
If you want a moderately nice version of the first Michelinie/Layton run, this is easily the most complete reprint of it available anywhere short of sending off your own collection to a binding company. Just be aware the softer cover material and thinner pages!
Artwise, we got John Romita Jr. and Bob Layton. I really have respect for these guys for doing what they did before our digital age. As one could imagine, it's very difficult for one to show Tony show any emotion while in his suit. Yet somehow you sense the anger, sadness or shock on his face while he is Iron Man. The art is fantastic. I find myself looking at certain panels just to check for Easter eggs written or drawn in. There are plenty of eye popping pages to be had here with some nice scenery. (There is a funny one regarding the disliked Editor in Chief Jim Shooter in #135).
The presentation is a little bit different than the usual Marvel Omnibus. It looks like they wanted to use cheaper paper. The paper is fine, it doesn't affect anything at all. I've honestly had it only for a little less than a week, but if it can take being shuffled around in my bookbag for days, I think it will be alright.
In short, if you like Iron Man, this book is for you whether you are a new fan like me, or have been in for the long haul. If you want to try something new, this book is for you. You don't have to know what happened 50 issues ago to get the story line. Tony's origins are explained in the book so it gives you exactly what you need to keep up. This is a great collection of stories. Assuming from the "1" printed on the side, there will be a second omnibus for Michelinie's second run. You better believe I'll be picking it up after reading this.
For you Iron Man movie fans, this collection gives you the "vibe" of Tony Stark that the movies employ. If you are a casual comics fan but love the movies, you will probably enjoy this book.
Be forewarned - it's thick and heavy! It's put together solidly and the colors look beautiful. Cover art is included in the body of the collection.
Enjoy some 1970s goodness!