Category Archives: Iron Man

Mini-Opinions – Friday Edition

Okay guys, before I get too far into thoughts today, I have a question to ask everyone – Considering I only have three posts that are done every week (the two Mini-Opinions and the Weekly Summary), is this getting tired and boring? I feel like I should come up with something else to do that might be more interesting, but I’m not entirely sure what to do just yet. I will have to think on it…

Swamp Thing #0

So I will be completely honest here – I was not expecting to like this issue much. I mean, I know I was reading it for class, but I didn’t think it would be anything I was all that interested in. But when we got a little further into the mythos of this series, the different teams and their conflict, I was intrigued. It seemed like an interesting premise. I actually am debating picking up a TPB for this, just to see if the series is as interesting. I shall have to think about that…

Final Opinion: Solid

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Mini-Opinions – Friday Edition

Captain Marvel #1-#8

So, I was only supposed to read #1-#7 for class (and I think she really meant #1-#6 since that was where the first story arc ended…) but I figured I would read everything that I had so that would have completed the series so far. Captain Marvel has been one of my favorite characters/series since I first picked up Issue #9. Even at that point, most people I was following said that it wasn’t worth going back and reading the beginning, that #9 was a good place to start and just to keep going from there. The story before was just too weird. I’m not entirely sure why they said that, now that I’ve actually read the first eight issues. Yes, these were more sci-fi stories than the down-to-earth stuff we have now, but it was still pretty interesting, and really, the time travel story was a fun primer for Carol’s origin. It was certainly a more interesting way of doing it than just showing it to us through some flashbacks. I enjoyed myself when I was reading them! And the robot story was just hilarious. I loved Carol and Monica going back and forth – they are a pretty funny combo.

Final Opinion: Must Read!

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Tony the Gladiator…(Iron Man #7)

Iron Man 7


Okay now, this is a little more like it. Good mix of snark and story that kept me interested! I loved the Star Wars comparison that was made at the very beginning. I loved 451. The battle to the death and the reveal of the final (??) fight was interesting, though not the most unique idea. I actually think that idea is a little overplayed. What’s really interesting is what 451 is actually doing…because he’s obviously not after Tony’s suit, which he said he was going to look for. What is the heart of the Voldi, and what is he planning for it? It doesn’t look good…but we really don’t know.

As always, still in love with the artwork and the coloring. Those are always beautiful in this series.

All in all, I’m actually looking forward to the next issue! I couldn’t say that just a couple of issues ago…so hopefully things will keep going in this direction, and maybe take us somewhere even more interesting…

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Godkiller? (Iron Man #6)

Iron Man 6


Oh…that’s right…Stark was the one that defeated the Phoenix Force (I think I remember reading that somewhere…). Considering that hasn’t been mentioned anywhere in this series up until now, I’d feel bad for anyone that wasn’t reading some of the other series coming out, or didn’t already have the history from some other source. I think the only reason I know about this is because I’m reading All New X-Men and Indestructible Hulk. If you weren’t…this would be a confusing ending if you haven’t read Avengers Vs. X-Men. Even the banner on the top of the issue threw me off at first. I didn’t pick this one up with the rest of the Iron Man Series because I really thought this was a completely different series on first glance. Maybe it’s just me, though.

So, the concept of the Godkiller is an interesting one, depending on where they end up taking this. I mean, he is guilty of what they’re accusing him of (as far as I know), and who knows if these aliens that are, presumably, going to keep him locked up, are going to listen to the circumstances that brought him to that action. I was kind of sad that it took us so long to get to this part of the story, though Stark chasing after an alien does seem very Stark-like. I just wish that hadn’t taken the majority of the issue. Hopefully the next one will get more into this…and that is something that I’m really looking forward to!

So I don’t know if people are going to like me for this comment, but does anyone else think that the new Iron Man suit looks a little…bug like?  There’s something about his helmet, and how the change in color is only over his eyes and mouth…I keep thinking of a beetle! Yes, I know, I’m awful  But it always kind of throws me off…

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Well, At Least You Won’t Be Anemic…(Iron Man #4 and #5)

You know guys…I’m starting to have doubts about Iron Man. I mean, its not that I don’t like it…but I’m not as “In-Love” with it as some of the other series I’m reading. I’m not sure if I should continue or cut my losses here and look for something else. And it’s sad, because I really like Stark as a character…I’m just not liking these stories as much as I could.

Iron Man 4

Iron Man #4 – I’m slowly starting to figure out why I am so split about this series. It’s not that it isn’t entertaining. It’s not that it isn’t fun. But really, that’s all you get. This is starting to to turn into a formula consisting of the following parts:

1) We see the offending Extremis users about a year before, and get a hint as to what they’re trying to do
2) We get at least one, if not a few, quips between Pepper and Tony before Pepper brings up Extremis and what’s next on the plan
3) Tony locates next Extremis population and debuts new suit
4) We find out why said offenders wanted Extremis, which usually isn’t totally evil (though this specific issue, that could be argued)
5) Extremis gets destroyed

You always know exactly what’s going to happen because the same general thing has happened before. I’m hoping this is growing pains, kind of like Indestructible Hulk, where they’re falling into a similar pattern. But we shall see…

Outside of that complaint, it was a good story. As always, wonderful art, entertaining, etc. Nothing new to really address except for one this. The last page of the girl…was she pregnant?!?!? Because if she was, that could come back to bite us…

Iron Man 5

Okay, so apparently I spoke too soon above…This started off pretty close to the formula, then decided to take a detour to who-know-where at the end. First off, thank you Gillen! I needed a change, if even a minor one, to keep going with this. We will have to see how the next issue goes. If it doesn’t fall back into the formula, then I’ll be good for a little while.

We are going INTO SPACE! Which could be interesting in so many different ways. I’m curious what they’re planning for this one. At least, I hope there’s a plan, and were not just sending Tony into space just because 😛

Nothing much else to say, because it’s already been said – but I’m kind of excited to see where this goes now!

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Man of Iron (Iron Man #2 and #3)

So I have this weird neurosis where I do not like to start stories from the middle most of the time. Nor do I really like to read an issue without having read the issue directly before it. I don’t like not knowing what happened when I open up an issue. This usually results in piles of a given series sitting on my desk, unread, until I find the offending issue that’s preventing me from reading the rest. Iron Man sat on my desk like that for a few days. I read #1, but I could not find #2 for a while. #3, #4, and #5 were all available at my local comic store, so I went ahead and picked them up (because, knowing my luck, by the time I did find #2, some of those would be gone too!) but refused to read them. I needed #2.

Last Wednesday turned into the day to fill in the gaps of my collection…I had put in orders with both of my comic stores because they both had access to different things. That also meant that Wednesday was the day to read a ridiculous number of comics from three separate series. Aren’t you excited?

…I promise, I will try not to be too redundant…

I’m going to do these 2 at a time and rotate them them with two other series that were also sitting on the shelf because I was missing issues. Hopefully that will help the tedium…for me at least 😛

Iron Man 2


Another solid story here – nothing amazing or groundbreaking, but it was a good, entertaining story. Tony is still Tony, which is usually enough to be entertaining. The fights were fun, if maybe a little short. There was really nothing I was that excited about, until the very end when they revealed Alex (you know you weren’t expecting a girl either…which is kind of a sad commentary…). I wonder if we’re going to see more of her at some point? It seems like they set things up that way, but I’m not totally sure. I’d like to see more of her. She’s obviously smart and good at what she does.

I’m still a fan of the artwork for Iron Man, so there really isn’t too much to say. The drawing and coloring/shading were all done beautifully. That’s usually one of my favorite parts of this series!

Overall, good story. Again, nothing great, but interesting and fun enough.

Iron Man 3


I, personally, think this story is interesting. Given my limited exposure to Extremis as a concept, I couldn’t see it as anything but a crazy weapon – why would anyone ever make something like that? Now I get it – it’s the ultimate medicine. You program the body to heal itself. That is an awesome concept…and almost makes it more tragic that most people see it as a weapon instead of a medical cure.

Tony’s new suit was pretty cool. Forgive the comparisons to Star Trek (I grew up on that show…) but it’s a suit with it’s own cloaking device. I was excited! And I loved Tony comparing himself to Black Widow…only to realize he had fallen rather short. It made for a nice little moment.

My favorite part of the entire story was probably the quasi-grilled cheese. All the exchanges with it were hilarious!

Really, Iron Man remains a solid story from issue to issue. It’s not my favorite series, and like I’ve said again and again, it’s nothing amazing or anything, but it’s a fun read from issue to issue. And what is a comic book if not entertainment? I’m happy to take that and run with it!


Plots to Find in Older Comics:

  • Scarlet Witch Depowering Mutants, War Against Phoenix Force – High Priority. This was mentioned in Hulk #1, but became much bigger when it came to All New X-Men. I’m going to need to find this info sometime soon! **House of M series (Thanks SM!!) and Avengers Vs. X-Men series**
  • What’s up with the numbered Colins of A.I.M? – Medium Priority. They seem to be spanning a few different series…
  • Who is this new Nick Fury? – Medium Priority. If he’s going to be a major character in Secret Avengers, I kind of want to know who he is… **Can be found in the Battle Scars series** Thanks thegothamrogue!
  • Previous Team for Hawkeye and Black Widow – Medium Priority. I think it might be the last series of Secret Avengers, and I wonder if something that happened there will be the reason they joined here.
  • What happened to the original Nick Fury? – Low Priority. Just curious.
  • Incident where Kate took over for Hawkeye while he was a ninja – Low Priority. It would be fun to know, but certainly not necessary!
  • Shield Command Structure – Low Priority. We probably don’t need this for most of the stories, but it would be nice to know.
  • Who Else was in the Sinister Six? – Low Priority. Mentioned in Spiderman #1 and #3, but not necessary to know. Like always, just curious..
  • Hawkeye’s Past – Low Priority. This is totally out of my own curiosity. You don’t need to know this to understand what’s going in in Hawkeye. It’s mentioned briefly, but it’s really not expanded on much.
  • Tony’s first experience with Extremis – Low Priority. It’s not something that it that integral to the plot, so it’s more of a curiosity than anything else **Fourth Volume of Iron Man by Warren Ellis and Adi Granov (Thanks thegothamrogue!)**
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Time For Some Thrilling Heroics! (Iron Man #1)

Iron Man 1

Iron Man was the second title I picked up on that very first day at the comic store- mostly because Tony Stark was one of my two favorite characters in The Avengers movie (the other one being Banner…but we’ll get to that) and I was curious to see if he was similar in comic form.

Art-wise, this was a HUGE change from Hawkeye – crisp lines, lots of colors and shading. It was gorgeous! Though sometimes people’s faces looked a little…weird? In the second half, even with the quip about him shaving off his beard, I was having a hard time recognizing Tony! At least to my eye. I still thought the artwork was very well done, just a little confusing at times.

Story-wise, I thought it was good. Not amazing or anything, but good. Entertaining for sure. Stark is very much the same sort of character in comic form as he was in the movie- I loved the little quips between him and Pepper, and the general snark that is Tony Stark. It always keeps me entertained. Extremis was also a really interesting concept. I’m sure to anyone who has been reading Iron Man for a while, this wasn’t the case, but it was brand new to me, and I really liked the idea. Programmable Humans? There are SO many possibilities just from that idea – it’s kind of mind blowing. I would be really interested to see that idea shaped into something much bigger!

So, overall, it was a solid story, and pretty to look at. I don’t think I’d say it was the same level as Hawkeye, but I enjoyed reading it!

Also, I’m going to start keeping a little list below called “Plots to Find in Older Comics”. Essentially, its going to be anything that’s mentioned in the comics I’m reading now that I would like to know more about and possibly find where they originated from. I’ll also give them a rank (i.e. Low, Medium, High) in terms of how important it seems to me to find that information. I’ve got one from both Iron Man and Hawkeye that I’ll add for now. Hopefully I can find what comics I need for higher ranked ones. If anyone out there knows of a good place to find more info on these, please let me know!

This one wins an award for making me bust open a dictionary – Solipsistic: Of or characterized by the theory that only the self exists, or can be proved to exist. Good to know.

Plots to Find in Older Comics:

  • Hawkeye’s Past – Low Priority. This is totally out of my own curiosity. You don’t need to know this to understand what’s going in in Hawkeye. It’s mentioned briefly, but it’s really not expanded on much.
  • Tony’s first experience with Extremis – Low Priority. It’s not something that it that integral to the plot, so it’s more of a curiosity than anything else
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