Iron Man: World’s Most Wanted Vol. 1 & 2 (Comic Book Review)

World's Most Wanted

World's Most Wanted

This post Secret Invasion story picks up shortly after Norman Osborn’s appointment as the new director of S.H.I.E.L.D. now re-christened H.A.M.M.E.R. “World’s Most Wanted” comes in 2 volumes and does make for an interesting read with Tony Stark on the run and being hunted by Osborn and the entire U.S. government. In a desperate effort to keep the super-human database out of H.A.M.M.E.R.’s hands Stark begins the process of erasing his brain as he goes on the rain whilst putting Pepper Pott’s and ex-S.H.I.E.L.D. director Maria Hill on their own missions.

What’s interesting is that Pepper has her very own armour now nicknamed Danger. Salvador Larroca’s art is pretty alright although I expected more from him. Maybe his art is not to my tastes. Anyways, the “World’s Most Wanted” storyline is a pretty decent read and it ends with a cliffhanger ending that perfectly leads into the start of Marvel’s “Heroic Age” lead-ins. I’ve not seen Iron Man un-confident and unsure cos’ as a character he’s always been sure of his path especially after the events of “Civil War”. It’s refreshing to see the character more human than super-human which is what I liked most about Matt Fraction’s story. Plus it’s a treat to see all of Iron Man’s older armour as he downgrades his weapons to match his degrading intellect.

I give “Iron Man: World’s Most Wanted” a decent 3.5 out of 5.

Celebrating Iron Man Month with More Wallpaper

Here are more wallpapers courtesy of Marvel.com that have been re-sized perfectly for phones that have a 480 by 640 screen.

Cheers!

Iron Man Month at Marvel.com

Iron Man Month at Marvel.com

Ironing Out Grievances

I was just reading the following this morning.

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with COMPASSION, KINDNESS, HUMILITY, GENTLENESS and PATIENCE. Bear with each other and FORGIVE WHATEVER GRIEVANCES you may have against one another. FORGIVE AS THE LORD FORGAVE YOU. And over all these virtues put on LOVE which binds them all together in perfect unity.

An Angry & Bitter Whiplash

An Angry & Bitter Whiplash

It’s tough to put aside offense and it’s especially tough when we’ve done nothing to incur the spite of others. Taking a cue from the latest Iron Man flick, Ivan Vanko (Whiplash) was a man full of bitterness, anger & grief. The thing is… how did he get that way? It didn’t just happen overnight and if we parallel the events of this comic book turned big screen character to real life it’d be the same for us as people. Bitterness is a nasty thing. It creeps in on us and before we know it we are crippled by an anger that keeps us from moving on in life. It’s tough to let go of our right to be angry but after having gone through some bitterness & anger in my life I’ve discovered that it’s just not worth it. It’s far better to just let go cos’ the only one who suffers in bitterness is ourselves.

What if Whiplash had just chosen to forgive? What if he had chosen to just move on? We discover in the course of the movie that Vanko was just as brilliant as Tony Stark and he could’ve been someone who could’ve made a difference in his homeland of Russia. Sure, we wouldn’t have a slam-bang slugfest between Iron Man & Whiplash if they had settled their differences but real-life just doesn’t work that way. Do we truly want a slam-bang slugfest with other individuals in our lives? What good does it do anyone?

Vanko Planning His Revenge

Vanko Planning His Revenge

The Bible teaches me to do it different and the killer secret here is that we are asked to just forgive. Forgiveness is something that I understand a lot more these days. There are just so many things that I can take offense at but by applying forgiveness in my life I find that my heart is lighter and I am a much happier person. What matters more to me is my relationship with my Father in Heaven and what He thinks of me. He loved and forgive us first so wouldn’t it be right for us to do the same for others? In the light of all this harbouring ill-feelings towards others just doesn’t make sense.

Bitterness constricts. Forgiveness brings freedom. Choose freedom.

Iron Man 2 (Movie Review)

Iron Man 2

Iron Man 2

A not too bad watch but it didn’t my expectations plot-wise and I couldn’t identify as much with Tony Stark this time round.

Iron Man 2 had the requisite big bang slugfests which was a treat to watch on the big screen. Unfortunately the very thing that made the 1st movie a big hit with me was missing in this one. Tony Stark wasn’t as likeable as the first one and if I were to sum it up in one sentence I’d say this:

“Iron Man 2 lacks heart. It lacks the humanity that made the 1st one click.”

To be fair. The movie’s still a great watch and I did watch it in the comfort of GSC’s Gold Class hall in Mid Valley Megamall. I won’t spoil anything for anyone by revealing anything of the plot so I guess you guys will just have to watch it and judge it for yourselves. I’ll still get the Blu-ray though cos’ it’s a great special effects movie and the Iron Man armour is still very much the star of the show.

I give Iron Man 2 a decent 4 out of 5 stars.

Rating: 4 Stars (out of 5)

Iron Man 2 TONITE! Yeah!

Iron Man Month at Marvel.com

Iron Man Month at Marvel.com

Yay yay! Iron Man 2 is on tonite! We’ve got our tickets. We’re all revved up for it and it’s systems GO for a repulsor-driven rocket ride to adventure at the cinemas tonight! Jon Favreau, you’re our only hope!

To celebrate the opening of Iron Man 2 in Malaysia, here are two more wallpapers made just for phones with a 480 by 640 resolution that’d fit most smartphones. I made them a couple of days ago courtesy of images I found off Marvel.com that feature the artwork of Iron Man fan fav Adi Granov.

Fully painted artwork always leaves me with a sense of awe. I don’t know if Granov works with traditional mediums or if he’s into digital-painting but I’m sure you’d agree with me that his work is pretty phenomenal. No one comes close to him when it comes to illustrating ol’ Shellhead.

Enjoy!

Iron Man Science Pt. 2

Iron Man Science Continues

Iron Man Science Continues

Iron Man Month continues with a brand new article on the science behind Tony Stark’s armour. This time Ryan Haupt  takes a look at the user interface (UI) in Iron Man’s suit and some possible tech that could be used to control it.

Have a read of the article here.

On another note, I already have my tickets for Iron Man 2 and am so looking forward to catching it tomorrow. Expectations are running high for this one and I’m kicking my fingers crossed that Jon Favreau does a great job with the sequel or does a one-up on the 1st Iron Man flick.

Celebrating Iron Man Month

Good news!

Iron Man Month at Marvel.com

Iron Man Month at Marvel.com

I was driving down the LDP just past 1U and noticed much to my surprise that Iron Man 2 actually opens early in Malaysia. If the billboard is correct, Iron Man 2 hits us April 30th! Awesome!!!

I suspect this would be the biggest movie for me this year especially since I’m such a big fan of the first movie. To date I think I’ve watched my Iron Man Blu-ray 10 times at least in the past 2 years. In fact, Iron Man was the very first movie I picked up on Blu-ray so I have a very special place in my heart for the franchise.

To celebrate the coming of Iron Man 2, here are three avatars from the Iron Man universe (for Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, GoogleTalk, etc) and three 480 by 640 wallpapers that would fit a phone that supports that resolution (I’m using em’ now on my HTC Touch Pro).

Have fun!