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Book Title: The Invincible Iron Man, Vol. 1: The Five Nightmares|
The author of the book: Matt Fraction
Date of issue: March 18th 2009
ISBN 13: 9780785134121
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Bold story arc to start the title
I got this in its single issues but I chose this edition to be able to do a better overall review.
I AM IRON MAN
This title was a kinda of "reboot" of the ongoing Invincible Iron Man doing it as a smart marketing strategy to take advantage of the huge success of the first live-action film of Iron Man.
So, the title gets a treatment of #1 numbered issue "starting" again the title to encourage new readers to get into the comic books of Iron Man, and...
...it worked! At least with me!
Since indeed I couldn't resist to start to buy the comic books since indeed Iron Man became finally a great character to be recognized. To be honest, I started to respect him on the Civil War event where he showed that he wasn't only a rich guy in an armor suit but the great strategist of the Marvel Universe.
Of course, while this was a "reboot" of the title, they couldn't avoid that the life of Iron Man aka Tony Stark was a very complicated one: A super-hero on his own, an Avenger member, CEO of Stark Industries AND Director of SHIELD!
So, it was a smart move to this "introductory" story arc in comic books to use as villain to Ezekiel Stane, son of Obadiah Stane, in that way, the audience only familiarized with the first film were able to get the next best thing since Obadiah Stane was dead in the comic book universe (not like something that could stopped to some "creative" writer to resurrect the original Obadiah, but thank goodness they took a good decision use his son).
The Five Nightmares is a great arc, well thought since this title came out just after of the success of the film of Iron Man, so it´s no wonder that the main villain is a son of Obadiah Stane to help new readers, fans of the film to catch appeal to the title. Also, it´s very interesting to see Tony on his multiple roles not only as the hero Iron Man, but also CEO of Stark Industries and Director of SHIELD.
THE FIVE NIGHTMARES
You know besides that it was kinda odd to have seven issues in a storyline called The Five Nightmares (It was like when they did seven issues for The Ultimate Six mini-series) but okay, I understand that nowadays, six/seven are the "magical" numbers to develop story arcs thinking in the following TPB and being able to pricing it.
However, besides that odd numbering, the first issue is masterfully written and with a impacting artwork.
Matt Fraction, the writer, and Salvador Larroca, the illustrator, were a heck of creative team, without a question doing a masterpiece on thar first issue.
But while the first issue should be included in any Top100 of the best single comic book issues, the rest of the story arc isn't geting too behind, since indeed the whole arc of The Five Nightmares is a truly remarkable story arc, smart, awesome science-fiction, intense drama and full of entertaining.
AN IRON MAN ISN'T AN ISLAND
Matt Faction not only did a good use of Marvel related characters but also he was not fearful of to use real names of countries to make more valid all the international stuff mentioned on the story.
I like that Matt Faction chose the 4th issue of this "rebooted" title to make a cameo of Mister Fantastic. (Did you get it, right?) It's the cool thing to do. However I can't believe that Tony Stark could beat in multiple boards of chess to Reed Richards.
True, I am more fan of FF than Iron Man but still think that Reed Richards should be able to sweep the floor on chess to anybody even Tony Stark. But I suppose than being only a guest character on the title should affect who is the winner of the matches.
It was excellent to see how Maria Hill and Pepper Potts took relevant roles in the way of how Tony has to deal with this crisis.
Maybe my only complain (without doing any spoiler) I was kinda of disappointed with the ending. I mean, even me I would think of the way that Tony would "shut down" to combat the emergencies and I am not Tony Stark. I can't do an arc reactor... in a cave!!!
So, I expected something more imaginative to solve the final crisis in the arc.
Still it was a fair ending but kinda lacking of imagination, taking in account the incredible rush of the rest of the story arc.
Once the main event finished, the seventh issue is an aftermath involving Spider-man that it wasn't in the same peak of intense drama as the main event but still a cool fair reading.
Indeed, this TPB is a great reading and a great point to "jump in" to the modern line of comic books involving the character of Iron Man.
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Read information about the author"How he got started in comics: In 1983, when Fraction was 7 years old and growing up in Kansas City, Mo., he became fascinated by the U.S. invasion of Grenada and created his own newspaper to explain the event. "I've always been story-driven, telling stories with pictures and words," he said.
Education and first job: Fraction never graduated from college. He stopped half a semester short of an art degree at Kansas City Art Institute in Missouri in 1998 to take a job as a Web designer and managing editor of a magazine about Internet culture.
"My mother was not happy about that," he said.
But that gig led Fraction and his co-workers to split off and launch MK12, a boutique graphic design and production firm in Kansas City that created the opening credits for the James Bond film "Quantum of Solace."
Big break: While writing and directing live-action shoots at MK12, Fraction spent his spare time writing comics and pitching his books each year to publishers at Comic-Con. Two books sold: "The Last of the Independents," published in 2003 by AiT/Planet Lar, and "Casanova," published in 2006 by Image Comics.
Fraction traveled extensively on commercial shoots. Then his wife got pregnant. So Fraction did what any rational man in his position would do -- he quit his job at MK12 to pursue his dream of becoming a full-time comic book writer.
Say what? "It was terrifying," said Fraction, who now lives in Portland, Ore. "I was married. We had a house. We had a baby coming. And I just quit my job."
Marvel hired Fraction in June 2006, thanks largely to the success of his other two comics. "I got very lucky," he half-joked. "If it hadn't worked out, I would have had to move back in with my parents.
- 2009. Alex Pham. Los Angeles Times.
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