One of God's own prototypes. A high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.” -Hunter S. Thompson

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Ultimate Iron Man

Last night I finished reading the first trade paperback of Ultimate Iron Man. I'm not a comic book guy by a long shot, but I sure would love to be. I think one of the reasons I never got too much into comics in the first place was the same reason why a lot of people don't want to get into some RPG campaign settings. Forgotten Realms being a prime example. After years of publishing sometimes theres just too much baggage and history, and for some people that can be down right intimidating. For other's that's just too big a buy in to get into a story in the first place. That's why I think when Universe re-boots like the Marvel Ultimate series of comics happen it opens up the stage to a much wider audience and lets some fresh ideas and stories see print to boot.

So Iron Man. The first time I ever saw this guys costume I had made up my mind that I never wanted to know about this guy. Give me Wolverine, Spider-Man, but lets forget a guy who has a tin can for a face! Even when I found out he was a rich scientist dude, and perhaps was Marvel's version of one of my favorite's Batman, I could care less. Even Later on when the first movie came out I couldn't give a shit. Of course that would change one day when the movie was playing on TV and I had to admit that it actually wasn't that bad. In fact by the end of the movie I had to admit total defeat. This movie kicked ASS.

Of course I went to the theatre to see the 2nd movie, which rocked, and I can't wait to see the Avengers and Iron Man 3. Because Robert Downey Jr. is the man. I in fact have a man crush on him (but just don't tell Christian Bale, he has a temper...) So when my buddy was letting me borrow a stack of his comics, I was totally pumped to read this version of Iron Man and Tony Stark. The fact that this particular story arc was written by Ender's Game author Orson Scott Card was even more exciting.

So not knowing all that much about Iron Man's back story I could see the various core elements crop up here and there. It was a great read, and left me wanting more. I would reccomment it to anyone enjoys comics. For the record I felt like this was a good re-boot, unlike Forgotten Realms 4e, which in my opinion was bad re-boot. This isn't meant to be D&D 4e bashing, it's just that I don't really have anything else to compare it to, and also that sometimes things can and do go wrong in a re-boot. So if like me, you dig Iron Man and/or the movies, you should give this book a shot. Just my 2-cents.


  1. I'm a fan of the Ultimate universe (or I was until they let Jeff Loeb in), though Ultimate Iron Man didn't do as much for me as Ultimate Spider-Man or the Ultimates.

    THe "it's too complex to get into" argument always puzzles me. I mean, I'll take people's word for it that it's an issue for them (different strokes for different folks, and all that) but I got into comics as a kid. The first issues I read, I read cold without the benefit of Who's Whos, MArvel Universes, or the internet. The fact that there were hints of a larger world I was only scratching the surface of made me more interested, not less.

    I know comics today are more decompressed and more complicated than they were in the early 80s, but "too much continuity" has been around as a reason that that folks don't get into comics at least since that time.

  2. I see your point Trey. As a kid I was never a big reader, nor into comics. When I got older and my love of reading and all things nerd grew the thought of trying to get into the whole comic scene felt a little daunting and expensive to boot. But as you say diffrent strokes for diffrent folks :) Anyway, now that I have some friends who I can borrow from my interest in comics has grown.