The NZA Posted January 11, 2006 Share Posted January 11, 2006 There hasnt been as much talk on this book, and im guessin that's beause the damn thing is practically quarterly at this point. Im just sort of pleasantly surprised when it shows up. Regardless, Warren Ellis and artist Adi Granov are now 5 issues into their first six-issue arc, and i feel there's enough here to get into. For one, some fans bitched about the decompression (read: lotta talkin) of issue 1, but i felt this shit was pivotal. The 616 (regular Marvel U) would have you believe that Stark is the very cornerstone of a formerly UN sanctioned peace-keeping orgainzation, while somehow maintaining: a) not at all trading in munitions b) still keeping the US military 100% away from his Iron Man designs ...which always struck me as such bullshit. Bruce Wayne can do this sort of thing, not a fucking weapons developer. Its why i respected the Ultimates' Stark: drunk, and knee-deep in the military-industrial complex. So, the first issue of this series actually tries to show how Stark attempts to keep his hands clean: cellphone technology & the like, while his stockholders demand military contracts. His idealism - hypocritical or not - makes him way more interestin here, i think. And the next issue, with him and a colleague being railed on by a mentor for all they couldve accomplished had they not sold out, really pushes this. What's cool is that its all around a backdrop of this Extremis formula that's modified a domestic terrorist (skinhead) into one of Stark's more powerful (and interesting) villians. Despite great advances in his Iron Man suit, Tony cant hang, and is nearly killed; reflecting his origin in Vietnam, he's again left with a life-or-death choice that will result in his character forever being changed. I really hate to spoil it, and im not sure how much Ellis has in mind beyond this, but the way things are looking, when this arc is done, Stark wont be what he was before the book, and its looking damn interesting. I'm having more fun with this single last issue, looking at what he & his abilities might become, than i am the massive arc Spider-Man has going on that's essentially trying to do the same thing. Anyway, i know Chief is all about this book, and i look forward to the trade, just wondering if anybody else was checking it out. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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