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Book Review: The Art of Iron Man 3

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Iron Man as a franchise certainly is at its peak with the third movie.

Since the first Iron Man movie, Tony Stark has created six Iron Man suits. Mark VII appeared in The Avengers. In Iron Man 3, there are 42 models.

All 42 Iron Man armor suits are featured in the book. They are lined up side by side on a gatefold page from Mark 1 to Mark 42. The Iron Legion, they are called. This is probably the only place you can see all the suits.

The suits that appear more prominently in the movie are given more pages accordingly. They are namely, War Machine, Iron Patriot, Mark 15 Sneaky, Mark 16 Nightclub, Mark 17 Heartbreaker, Mark 25 Thumper, Mark 33 Silver Centurion, Mark 35 Snapper, Mark 37 Hammerhead, Mark 38 Igor, Mark 39 Gemini, Mark 41 Bones and of course Mark XLII (that's 42). Those that are briefly or not shown in the book are just on that gatefold page.

Overall, there are more suits than in artbook one and two. Besides the suits, there are also concept art for the characters, scenes, locations (not much), and storyboards.

The characters are the Mandarin, Aldrich Killian and his Extremis gang. You won't get to see Pepper Potts in the way as shown in the movie and that's a shame. Locations include Tony's Malibu mansion and workshop, Rosehill town, Mandarin's Miami mansion and the seaport. There are quite a few storyboard sequences, about 20 over pages.

The art is fantastic, right from the start of the slipcase cover to the end of the 280-page hardcover. Fans who geek out over the film can continue to geek out with this artbook.

Highly recommended.

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