Iron Man: The Ultimate Guide to the Armored Super Hero
Published by DK in collaboration with Marvel Comics, this 200pg book covers the entire history of Iron Man in great, dense detail. Similar in format to the corresponding Wolverine book (Wolverine: Inside the World of the Living Weapon) from 2009, it includes sections containing timelines, enemies, allies, key issues, alternate versions and a decade-by decade summary of Iron Man’s history, up to and including the 2010 storylines. Marrina and Northstar appear in two reproduced panels from previously printed material.
Though he’s one of the A-list Marvel Heroes, Iron Man and Alpha Flight have rarely crossed paths. With the exceptions of the two-part guest appearance by Shaman in Iron Man #195-6 and Marvel Adventures: Iron Man #11, you’d be hard pressed to find much more overlap between the Shellhead and any Alpha Flight members. However, it has happened in a few books with large ensemble casts and as a result, two images made it into this book.
The first is on p141, a panel from Avengers v3 #1, where Marrina shows up on a computer screen during a somewhat disorganized call for assembly at Avengers Mansion. She had been an honorary member in the Avengers circa issues #286-293 of the first volume. Unfortunately, at the time this image was first published in 1998, she was considered deceased, having been apparently killed by Namor in Avengers #293.
The second is on p151, a panel from House of M #7, featuring Northstar’s leg during a climactic wild battle scene on Genosha. At the time, Northstar was a member of Magento’s Red Guard. Here is an inset from the original panel:
The book itself is quite large and the pages are nicely edged in shiny gold, which is a nice touch if you recall that Wolverine’s book was edged in a bloody red color. Author Mathew Manning did a great job on the writing considering the expansive subject matter, but the garish layout of the pages and hodge-podge use of intense graphics take away from the readability of this otherwise useful reference book.