Like I have mentioned in other posts, anyone who knows me, knows that I think the Ultimate universe of Marvel Comics is sad, pathetic attempt to modern the stories. That being said, there are a few exceptions to that rule. Ultimate Iron Man: Ultimate Collection is written by science fiction master Orson Scott Card and drawn by Andy Kubert and Pasqual Ferry.
Prior to the events of the Ulimates, these two volumes tell a very different story about Tony Stark. When he is born, he is infected with a deadly virus strain that increases his skin’s sensitivity to sunlight, but also turns his entire muscle mass into one brain, making him incredibly smart and giving him healing abilities. He is raised on the run with by his father, shortly after his mother passes away in childbirth. It shows how he met James “Rhodey” Rhodes and how he became mortal enemies with Obadiah Stane, a rival intellectual mind.
If you are an Iron Man “purist,” you will not enjoy Orson Scott Card’s take on the comic book character. That being said, it is a bold new take on the character. The artwork is spot on and while the Ultimate Armor is a bit bizarre, the rest of the story flows with a science fiction feel to it that is more fitting to this version of the character.
That is my review. What did you think? Let me know in the comments below and while you are at it, check out my review of Ultimate Captain America. Don’t forget to subscribe for more reviews like this one.
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This article has been updated from a previous version.