Ultimate Iron Man, Vol. 1 by Orson Scott Card
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I think a caveat of enjoying this book is suspending what you know about Tony Stark, aka Iron Man. If a reader can't do that, then that's going to be an issue in reading this graphic novel.
Orson Scott Card takes a huge departure in some ways in the evolution of Tony Stark and his becoming Iron Man. It was pretty weird and different from what I know, and I am admittedly mainly familiar with the character from movies and TV, and some research I've done into the character online. I won't go into what was changed, because it's a major spoiler. I think in some ways, it undermines the coolness of Stark as a normal man who becomes a superhero through his ingenuity and invention. That's probably my major issue with this story.
I'm not sure why they decided to take that direction with the story, but I think less experimentation with the central identity of the character would have been better.
I gave it 3 stars because it has good action, good artwork, and there were some interesting ideas, but subtracted two off because it took too many liberties with the storyline.
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