Book Review: Iron Man by Fred Van Lente

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Heart of steel: Captured by terrorists, genius inventor Tony Stark must secretly develop an all-new technology if he hopes to escape.
Titanium trap: While investigating a string of thefts from a Stark facility in Brazil, Tony faces a rival with a suit of armor stronger than his own.

Seven rings hath the Mandarin: Spider-Man, Hulk and Ant-Man join Iron Man in an attempt to stop the powerful Mandarin.

There’s an ape for that: Iron Man teams up with Nova to stop the Red Ghost and his three super-powered apes.

Employee of the month: A rogue employee allows Spymaster and his team of villains to steal Stark technology, and, with Iron Man disabled, it takes the efforts of a very special employee to win the day.

 

About the Author:

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Van Lente was raised by a mystery-loving mother (who preferred Dorothy Sayers to Agatha Christie, but we won’t hold that against her) and a wisecracking Woody Allen-lookalike scientist father in what appears to be some kind of genetic experiment to write his first novel, TEN DEAD COMEDIANS, even though neither parent nor the son himself would know it for many years.

Van Lente spent his time between birth and authoring Ten Dead Comedians becoming the #1 New York Times best selling writer of graphic novels like Cowboys & Aliens (the basis of the feature film), Odd is on Our Side with Dean R. Koontz, and the gorily funny Marvel Zombies series.

He did some other things too, but they hardly seem worth mentioning.

 

My Review:

I loved every single one of these stories and the artwork was outstanding.  I really love anything that deals with one or all of the Avengers.  I can’t wait to go on many more adventures with them.

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Book Review: Heart of Steel by Fred Van Lente

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Book Series Status:  Book 1 of 4

Goodreads Synopsis:

The Armored Avenger blasts into the newest title in the critically-acclaimed, best-selling Marvel Adventures line Who is Iron Man, the world-renowned symbol of mega-conglomerate Stark International? And what terrible secret from his past forces billionaire inventor Tony Stark to become the Golden Guardian?

 

About the Author:

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Van Lente was raised by a mystery-loving mother (who preferred Dorothy Sayers to Agatha Christie, but we won’t hold that against her) and a wisecracking Woody Allen-lookalike scientist father in what appears to be some kind of genetic experiment to write his first novel, TEN DEAD COMEDIANS, even though neither parent nor the son himself would know it for many years.

Van Lente spent his time between birth and authoring Ten Dead Comedians becoming the #1 New York Times best selling writer of graphic novels like Cowboys & Aliens (the basis of the feature film), Odd is on Our Side with Dean R. Koontz, and the gorily funny Marvel Zombies series.

He did some other things too, but they hardly seem worth mentioning.

 

My Review:

The story line was amazing and so was the artwork.  I love pretty much anything that has to deal with either one or more of the Avengers so this was right up my alley.  Can’t wait to read more about the Avengers and their adventures.

Wrap Up: October 2017

Here are the books that I finished in October. (Click Cover Art to view my Reviews)

For Magnus Chase:  Hotel Valhalla, Guide to the Norse Worlds by Rick Riordan

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Rise of the Isle of the Lost by Melissa De La Cruz

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Monsters Unleashed by Cullen Bunn

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Girl Online by Zoe Sugg

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Book Review: Monsters Unleashed by Cullen Bunn

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Goodreads Synopsis:

The monstrous, gigantic comic event gets bigger with this special edition featuring a variant cover gallery, penicled pages, inked pages and more!

THE EPIC BATTLE MARVEL FANS HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR, DRAWN BY TODAY’S GREATEST ARTISTS!!! It’s all hands on deck with the AVENGERS, CHAMPIONS, GUARDIANS, X-MEN and the INHUMANS as they clash with monstrous threats that threaten to destroy every corner of the Marvel Universe. Who are the LEVIATHONS? Who controls them? How can they be stopped before Earth becomes another tragic, barren world in their wake? Written by powerhouse writer CULLEN BUNN and drawn by Marvel legend STEVE McNIVEN, this issue is the beginning of something big that you just can’t miss!

 

About the Author:

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Cullen grew up in rural North Carolina, but now lives in the St. Louis area with his wife Cindy and his son Jackson. His noir/horror comic (and first collaboration with Brian Hurtt), The Damned, was published in 2007 by Oni Press. The follow-up, The Damned: Prodigal Sons, was released in 2008. In addition to The Sixth Gun, his current projects include Crooked Hills, a middle reader horror prose series from Evileye Books; The Tooth, an original graphic novel from Oni Press; and various work for Marvel and DC. Somewhere along the way, Cullen founded Undaunted Press and edited the critically acclaimed small press horror magazine, Whispers from the Shattered Forum.

All writers must pay their dues, and Cullen has worked various odd jobs, including Alien Autopsy Specialist, Rodeo Clown, Professional Wrestler Manager, and Sasquatch Wrangler.

And, yes, he has fought for his life against mountain lions and he did perform on stage as the World’s Youngest Hypnotist. Buy him a drink sometime, and he’ll tell you all about it.

 

My Review:

There is only one word to describe this graphic novel.  EPIC!  This is so awesome.  I really want to read the rest of this series to see what happens next.  The illustrations were wonderful and it had almost all of my favorite Marvel Characters.

Book Review: Black Widow #6 by Chris Samnee

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Goodreads Synopsis:

DRAWING BACK THE IRON CURTAIN! The WEEPING LION has released the BLACK WIDOW’s most dangerous secret into the world. Now Natasha is on a collision course with the INVINCIBLE IRON MAN! Even if they survive CIVIL WAR II, the AVENGERS will never be the same!

 

My Review (#SPOILERALERT):

I really loved the story line of this one.  I wanted to know what Iron Man would have done to Black Widow if they weren’t really friends.  I can’t wait to find out what happens to this friendship now that Black Widow deceived Iron Man again to gain something that she needed.

 

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Black Widow #5 by Chris Samnee

Book Review: Black Widow #5 by Chris Samnee

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Goodreads Summary:

THE WEEPING LION’S HUNTING GROUND. Using her darkest secret as leverage, the Weeping Lion has pushed Natasha further from the straight and narrow. And Agent Elder of S.H.I.E.L.D. is closing in — is he fellow prey that needs Black Widow’s protection, or another predator?

 

My Review:

This book was AWESOME with a capital A.  I love the story line of this one and all the illustrations were amazing.  Black Widow is one of the most bad ass women in the Marvel Universe and also one of my favorite avengers.

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