Reviews: The Invincible Iron Man: The Five Nightmares

Published on June 9th, 2009

You don’t have to be a drunk irresponsible super hero who also happens to be a multi billionaire industrialist genius like Tony Stark to appreciate this book! It’s Tuesday and you know what that means….TRADE TUESDAY!!! The book I am reviewing this week is The Invincible Iron Man: The Five Nightmares. I should preface this with the fact that I have never been a big Iron Man fan. I know I know. You can thank Simon for that one. Well Simon and Matt Fraction… and Salvador Larroca.

ironmanthefivenightmaresI only preface with that because I LOVED the shit outta this book (which collects issues #1 – 7 of the current title)! As I said, I have never been a big fan of Iron Man, as I always felt that he was bit, I don’t know, flat. He also doesn’t have the multi-faceted enemies that other superhero’s have had. So it has taken me A LOT to see the real potential in this other wise bland character, and this trade accomplished that.

The story itself starts off in Tanzania, Africa with a few high tech terrorists that come in and blow themselves up using some familiar looking tech. Enter Tony Stark, international playboy, multi-billionaire, and last but not least- Iron Man! I should note that at this point Tony has recently been made the head of S.H.I.E.L.D. He is approached with the tech the terrorists used and immediately begins to panic as one of his five nightmares is coming true; his Iron Man tech being used against  innocent people. We are then introduced to Ezekiel Stane (son of Obadiah Stane) who is out for vengeance using Tony’s own tech against him in ways that shake Tony to his very foundation, forcing him to not only rely on his physical strength but his mental strength as well.

The creative team of Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca were made to write this character. I cannot say enough how happy I am that the art and the writing go so well together- it’s like you are watching a big budget film unfold in front of you (and well written one at that). It is my hope that the duo stays with the book for a while. Just by reading this TPB I have now become a fan of  the current series as I now pick up the book every month!

There are some great moments in this trade ranging from the death of a far east super hero team, to the near death of Pepper Potts and her new abilities. Hell, you even get a little Spidey, Thor, and a chess match with Reed Richards! If you are like me and enjoyed the Iron Man movie and want to delve further into the character of Tony Stark then get this trade. What Marvel has done with it’s core superheros as of late is what they should have been doing all along; Treating them with respect as well as building the characters up by giving them a GREAT rouges gallery and a solid supporting cast. Pick this trade up and you won’t be sorry!

Sheldon Lee

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