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Iron Man: The Armor Wars by David Michelinie
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Iron Man: The Armor Wars

by David Michelinie (Writer), Mark D. Bright, Bob Layton (Illustrator), Barry Windsor-Smith (Illustrator)

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Iron Man has evolved a lot over the past few years, and for the better, in my opinion. (As an interesting character, I mean - not necessarily, like, morally.) This storyline consequently comes across even more old-school than it was, although David Michelinie was yer quintessential Marvel hack. But all the stuff that makes this kind of not work - "They stole my technology? They used it for . . . . EVIL?!" - weirdly also kind of makes it work, in that you can ignore the cheesines, distill it down to bare facts, and add that nugget to your "Iron Man history" tumbler - although I choose to imagine it occurring a lot earlier than it did - early seventies? Iron Man's first step toward sophistication? Maybe if he hadn't been hitting the bottle so hard he would have noticed that they were stealing his tech? Works for me. So I guess now there's two registers in which to evaluate superhero comics (and, incidentally, soap operas): 1. Is this awesome? 2. Is it consequential? Does it develop the character, ir is it essentially without meaning? This book has more of 2 than 1. ( )
  MeditationesMartini | Aug 7, 2008 |
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Michelinie, DavidWriterprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bright, Mark D.main authorall editionsconfirmed
Layton, BobIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Windsor-Smith, BarryIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
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Millionaire industrialist Tony Stark is an inventive genius who has dedicated all of his enormous financial and intellectual resources to a single guiding principle: the creation of technology for the betterment of humanity. Stark's greatest creation is a modern-day miracle: a suit of form-fitting, strength-enhancing, steel-mesh armor he dons to become the living symbol of his ideals, the Invincible Iron Man! But when Stark discovers that the same technology he used to create the Iron Man armor - technology so secret he didn't even dare patent it - is now in the hands of several deadly super-villains, he feels responsible for the evil they have done with the high-tech tools he unwittingly provided. In the face of objections from his government, friends, colleagues and fellow super heroes, Stark swears to use the power of Iron Man to bring the evil to an end - and to take back what's his. The Beatle, Stilt Man, the Controller, Stingray, the Mandroids, the Guardsmen and Firepower don't know it yet, but they've got a problem. The world's most powerful force for good isn't playing by the rules anymore. And he's coming for them Collects Iron Man #225-232.

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