Marvel's Iron Man 3 The Movie Prelude Paperback – 2 Apr 2013
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Beginning his career in comic books as a freelance artist in 1990, David Lapham founded El Capitan Books in 1995 exclusively to publish his Eisner Award-winning crime comic book series, Stray Bullets. In recent years, he has worked as a writer for DC Comics, Marvel Comics, IDW Publishing, Dark Horse, and finally Avatar Press, on three Crossed projects (Family Values, Crossed 3D, Badlands, and Psychopath), Ferals, and Caligula.
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The first two form the comic book adaptation of the movie Iron Man 2, and it's a poor substitute. Whether you loved it or loathed it, anyone who has seen the Jon Favreau film will only find the experience lessened by the bullet point pacing. The illustrations for the most part are good, although tech-lovers will probably notice inconsistencies in the suits that make an appearance. However it's the speech that grates when reading this, as it reads like it's been copy and pasted from imdb's memorable quotes section. The biggest omissions for me though are the reduced significance of both protagonists' and antagonists' paternal turmoil which sets them on their respective roads of salvation and redemption in the film. (Call me overly sensitive, but John Slattery's warts-and-all portrayal of Howard Stark is a stand-out moment which left a noticeable hole in my reading of this.)
The second pairing of comics is what forms the prelude to Iron Man 3 and is the main reason I bought this. It focuses on Lt. Colonel Rhodes' actions on the run-up to and during Avengers Assemble, and I had hoped it would scratch the War Machine itch created by his lack of action in Iron Man 3. The art is OK, but nothing special with some decidedly awkward poses thrown in to try and spice things up. The speech is largely uninspiring, with its main purpose seemingly be to explain why the mediocre action is dragging out, doing little to scratch my itch. (I can't help but think that had the writers put Iron Man in the same situation, it'd be over a lot sooner.) Where the prelude really loses me is in the lack of attention paid to the details of the suits.Read more ›
Primarily the comic is focused on Rhodey and where he was during the Avengers, so in that sense it's really more of a side-quel to "Avengers" than a prequel to Iron Man 3. We do get some nice insight into where he was and what happened with the War Machine redesign we see in IM3 (subsequently repainted as Iron Patriot).
However, the art is a little lacklustre, surprisingly so, as Steve Kurth is the artist and he did a fantastic job on "Ultimate Comics: Armour Wars" another Iron Man book... Perhaps its the inkers or colourists letting him down, or perhaps he was tight on time having to get this out in time for the movie, but either way it's far from his best work.
As to other elements of the comic... well, let's just say it's clear the writers weren't given full disclosure about the movie, as there are a lot of things in here that really don't mesh with the movie's plot, most noticeably the use of the Ten Rings, who aren't even mentioned in the movie, only implied to be headed by The Mandarin, which is another problematic element of the comic, which I won't go into due to spoiling the movie.
Basically this is your bog standard movie tie-in comic, short and average, with a handful of nice elements, but ultimately nothing that can't be inferred by your average movie-goer.
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The book opens with the comic adaptation of the Iron Man 2 film. This is a very succinct recap of the film, but it did include a few scenes not in the film (such as Rhodey's 1st flight in a suit which occurs before he "steals" War Machine!) These little bits are definitely for the Marvel fans. The book then moves onto the actual prelude which overlaps the same time period as the Avengers film. There are a few panels that depict what happens during that film, but mostly it is all new scenes - predominantly of War Machine on his mission. As with the films, the comic manages to bring in some humor, such as everyone thinking Rhodey is Iron Man, but the critical point is that Rhodey has been hunting the funding source of the Ten Rings terrorist organization which is a lead-in to Mandarin, the villain for Iron Man 3. Rhodey arrives back in New York for a pivotal fan-favorite scene and some prologue scenes. The book closes with the first issue of Iron Man from 2005, which teases the Extremis virus and concludes with an ad for that new release, Iron Man: Extremis. And it worked. I now want to read that story!
Overall, this is a tasty tease that doesn't offer anything substantive but was a fun read. Yes, it's overpriced for the amount of new material contained in it but is a worthwhile purchase for the fans - especially movie fans looking for a little more who don't want to get into comics. Highly recommended.