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Iron Man by Michelinie, Layton & Romita Jr. Omnibus Hardcover – 26 Feb 2013

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  • Hardcover: 944 pages
  • Publisher: MARVEL - US; 01 edition (26 Feb. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785167129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785167129
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 5.1 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 676,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This era of Iron man is in line with Claremont's Uncanny X-men or Miller's Daredevil. The best that the Marvel could produce in the 80's.
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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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9ceff5ac) out of 5 stars 17 reviews
33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bb70c84) out of 5 stars One of The Classic Marvel Runs Gets The Omnibus Treatment 27 Feb. 2013
By Jonathan Balofsky - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Along with Walt Simonson's Thor, Claremont's Xmen, Byrne's Fantastic Four, and Miller's Daredevil, Michelinie and Layton's run with John Romita jr on Iron Man is one of the classic marvel runs that truly defined a character.

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)
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c02d2ac) out of 5 stars One notch lower in quality 8 Sept. 2013
By Samuel Clemens - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Will make this brief ...

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.
32 of 42 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9c4f954c) out of 5 stars A slightly disappointing edition of some outstanding material 26 Feb. 2013
By R - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I'm a huge fan of the Michelinie and Layton years on Iron Man and when this omnibus was announced, I was completely thrilled that their classic stories would be getting the best treatment Marvel's had for their comics.

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!
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bb720d8) out of 5 stars Definitely worth the money! 19 Mar. 2013
By E-matic - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
When I first came across David Michelinie's run of Iron Man, I initially wasn't really a fan of the character. Sure I read the first volume of Iron Man Essentials, but other than that, I wasn't too familiar with Tony, or his world. I found the Demon in the Bottle TPB and was instantly hooked. (If you know about Tony Stark's drinking problem, everything about it starts here btw) The writing for that one TPB was so good that I HAD to buy the omnibus. Michielinie is a phenomenal writer. One of the problems with going so far back in the past with comic books was that the writing was so corny! Yet there were almost always fresh (and sometimes adult) funny jokes in this series. Rhodey is one of the stand out characters in the Iron Man world. He was the definition of blacksploitation and always spoke in jive but I love him for it.Humorous and dependable, he always came through. We have a couple of strong women roles in the book as well. Beth Cabe is a strong woman in her own right that doesn't play the part of the helpless damsel in distress. She's quick on her feet and smart as she is beautiful. She runs her own business as well. Later in the book we run across VP Yvette Avril. Probably unheard of back then for a woman to be so high ranking in a company. However, when it was time to be serious, it was so. The first two chapters really stood out to me (I won't spoil anything in this review). David has Tony's playboy arrogant, yet kind attitude down to a T as well. The problem with Iron Man for some people is he doesn't have many compelling villains (a-la-Dr. Octopus or the Green Goblin), but I don't think that is what Iron Man's story is all about. This run is about a very public and successful figure who runs a international company, manages a relationship, and still saves the day as his own "bodyguard". How do you run a company with supervillains coming out of the woodwork to screw you over? How does pressure of being 2 very public figures, Tony Stark and Iron Man, (for good or for bad) affect your personal life? What do you do to escape those pressures? I think David Michelinie answers these questions very well.

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.
HASH(0x9bebf36c) out of 5 stars Excellent storytelling! 23 Jun. 2015
By Brian St John - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This Iron Man run made me pay attention back in the early 1980s when they were on the stands. I loved the eye-grabbing art and I enjoyed the plotlines. Re-reading this was as fun as when I read them the first time through, all those many years ago.

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!
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