Much has been made of the quality of the artwork in this book, but let’s be clear about something: if you pick up a comic written by Warren Ellis, chances are you’re going to enjoy the ride–every goddamn insane panel of it. (Except maybe that part when he goes on way too long about using drugs. I admit I’m not the target audience for that, but still. Talk about bringing the story to a screeching halt.)
British artist Adi Granov produces his first rough sketches digitally, and it shows; the characters look like posed 3-D mannequins, which gives their bodies perfect size and proportions but can leech some of the emotion out of them. It only really bothered me in a few instances, and overall the consistency and added realism was a plus.
The story itself is pretty standard, and serves mostly to explain how Tony Stark acquired that crazy Extremis suit–which, admittedly, is not as crazy as what comes next, but it’s still pretty crazy.