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An Entirely New Kind of Iron Man

Tony Stark has never been the idealized, larger-than-life hero like some of his Avengers counterparts. He’s a “billionaire, playboy, philanthropist” who, prior to donning the suit and becoming a hero as Iron Man, was a reckless, thoughtless… well, billionaire, playboy, etc etc. Even once he became a superhero, he had to reckon with his past […]

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Speaking Mandarin

Okay, it’s been a month or so since IRON MAN 3 came out, so if you haven’t seen it by now, it’s your own damn fault. But just in case, consider yourself duly SPOILER WARNED. Because we’re going to talk about the biggest twist in Shane Black’s summer blockbuster IRON MAN movie, the one that […]

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Success Suits Him

“Threequels” are a notoriously tricky business. There aren’t many film series where the third installment really comes back so strong that it regains that excitement you felt back when you first saw the original. Shane Black’s IRON MAN 3 comes as close as you can expect. Is it as mind-blowing, as revelatory as the first? […]

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Iron, Reinforced

Only days away from IRON MAN 3 now, so let’s look back at our initial review of IRON MAN 2, and see how it’s stood the test of time…   When you get right down to it, Tony Stark is kind of an ass. Always has been, really. It’s kind of his most defining characteristic. […]

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Meet the Mandarin

Some comics punch you in the gut. The Invincible Iron Man Annual #1 – Mandarin: The Story of My Life hit me in the stomach and slapped me across the face. The story by Matt Fraction (writer) and Carmine Di Giandomenico (artist) tells a chilling tale. For me, it was my first encounter with the […]

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Looking Back: Stark Raving Brilliant

With IRON MAN 3 only days away, and a half-dozen Marvel big-budget blockbusters having taken place since the summer of 2008,  I thought it’d be fun to look back at my original reaction to that first IRON MAN movie, back when the notion of an AVENGERS movie still seemed like pure fantasy… It always seems […]

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Iron Man Off the Page

Before he became the number-one movie superhero, Iron Man had pretty limited exposure outside of comics. The “cool exec with a heart of steel,” Iron Man was part of the 1967 MARVEL SUPER-HEROES animation package from Grantray-Lawrence, which featured barely animated cartoons taken straight from the original art of the comics themselves. These are good […]

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This Tony Stark Guy Is Kinda Cool

It’s easy to dislike Tony Stark. He’s rich, brash, and arrogant. He’s an alcoholic and a womanizer. That’s all superficial though. If you dig below the surface, he becomes a more interesting and likable guy. He’s incredibly smart and even if his methods are sometimes questionable, you can see he has good intentions at heart. […]

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When Iron Man Was Still in Beta

I’ll admit it: after the release of the most recent IRON MAN 3 trailer, I’ve got a touch of the IRON MAN fever. So much so, that in recent days, I’ve been making my way through the IRON MAN OMNIBUS, Marvel’s gorgeous 750-page hardcover collecting the first three or four years’ worth of IRON MAN […]

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Isn’t It Iron-ic?

The best superhero origins are the ones that are timeless. You can pick them up and the story and concepts are as fresh as they were the day they were created. “A shy teenager is bitten by a radioactive spider, and learns a tragic lesson about responsibility.” “Rocketed to Earth from a dying world, a […]

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