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on 13 August 2012
This is the first time I have written a review on Amazon, but I felt so strongly about this, & didn't want others to make the same mistake as me that i just had to let others know.

Collecting Invincible Iron-man 500, 500.1, Annual 1 and a few pages from 503. Although it says Larroca on the cover there is only about 10% of his art in the whole book, the rest is from other artist which is generally very jarring and messy compared to larroca's clean crisp lines and well rendered colours.

The first section of the book, material from the Annual, focuses on the Mandarin, & while it is mildly interesting has no bearing on the plot in the previous trades, also there are several plot inconsistency the most glaring is that the Mandarin appears to have both his hands & is wearing the rings on his hands again, when did this happen? Previously he was posing as a businessman, had metal hands & the rings implanted into his spine. The comical but violent tone of the story contradicts itself, and as mentioned previously the art is poor, there were many times I had to keep re-reading a page & study the frames carefully as I couldn't figure out what was meant to be happening.

The next story is from issue 500.1 it's a device to encourage new readers but is frustrating for long time readers. It is basically a recap of everything that has happened previously, the only plot point which as any relevance to recent narrative comes at the end of the story in which Pepper tells Tony over the phone that they slept together & he admits he doesn't remember, that's it!

The last last story is from 500 and co-stars Spider-man, why? I have no idea, why not? It's told in real-time & then flash-forwards to 2052, it's very clunky and the future sections of the story are badly illustrated.

This a perfect example of what happens when events and crossovers from the studio dictate what takes place in individual comics, the writer Fraction has done a magnificent job so far but it all just stops to take care of the re-start (Again) 500 is really Issue 34, if you are looking forward to a continuation of the cliffhanger from Stark Resilient then you will be, like me, severely disappointed.

Another warning/ If you are expect more from the next Volume, Unfixable then don't, it ties in to fear Itself & also has little bearing on what has gone before, it an O.K read but don't expect fireworks.
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on 6 August 2011
While Matt Fraction's run on Invincible Iron Man has been consistently excellent, this is definitely the weakest vol. The book's main problem is, that the story doesn't progress at all. What you get for your money is a pseudo-origin story for The Mandarin, and a "what-if" story about Iron Man's future. The stories aren't poorly written by any means, they just seem a little unnecessary. I'm also not a big fan of the portrayal of Mandarin, who's depicted as being so evil, it boarders on the comical.
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on 29 August 2012
MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

This book was thoroughly entertaining but it did to live up to the standard of some of the earlier volumes in this series. The art work is good and the story is dark. The darkness of the story including the back story of the Mandarin, with his birth in a brothel and subsequent murder of his mother and the man he believes to be his father mean that this may not be suitable for the younger reader. On this note the younger reader may not even be interested as it contains very few big fights focusing more on Tony's ghosts and later the issues surrounding his creations getting in to the wrong hands.

The story "How I Met Your Mother" while nicely drawn appears a little pointless.

However, it is worth a read and I cannot wait to purchase volume 8 to continue reading of the exploits of Iron Man.
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on 27 January 2014
This was an Xmas present for my son who loves iron man. He really loved this volume too. He would recommend it.
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on 29 August 2016
Arrived in time and as described, thanks.
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on 20 June 2012
The Invincible Iron Man series is fantastic! I've bought all of these graphic novels in order, they are fantastically well illustrated and the story line is engaging throughout!

Invincible Iron Man was the first 'comic' that I had ever bought, I've not been disappointed once.
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on 5 May 2015
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