4. Invincible Iron Man: Worlds Most Wanted and Stark Disassembled
Matt Fraction and Salvador Larocca
Norman Osborn has been given control of the Marvel Universe after he killed the Skrull Queen in the events of the Secret Invasion, and Tony Stark is now being blamed for the Invasion. In Worlds Most Wanted, Stark is on the run from Osborn, and is trying to keep the information from the Super Hero Registration Act (see Civil War) from falling into Osborns hands. Along the way he has to erase the information contained in his brain, which has basically become a hard drive, and he must destroy all of his secret laboratories so that Osborn may not obtain any more of his technology.
Stark Disassembled deals with the aftermath of Worlds Most Wanted, and so as to not spoil anything, that is all I will say about that, but the title of the arc could give you a pretty good idea.
Worlds Most Wanted started in December of 2008, right when the Dark Reign began in the Marvel Universe, and lasted for twelve issues, while Stark Disassembled started with issue 20 and will finish this March with issue 24.
The entire Worlds Most Wanted story has been collected in two Hardcover volumes (the first is also in TPB now), but the Stark Disassembled arc hasn’t been collected yet, and is slated to be collected in August of this year, so if you want to get caught up with this Eisner Award winning series I would recommend picking up the volumes wherever it’s convenient for you, and then picking up the current issues at your LCS. The beginning of the Stark Disassembled arc have recently had second printings released, so collecting it isn’t impossible.
Just like Batman, Iron Man has been brought into the spotlight in recent years because of his ventures into the big screen, and like I said before, it’s nice to know what’s actually been going on with the characters when we have so many fans out there who are into the character, but only know the movie.
Unlike Batman, this guys already got another movie coming out, so why not get better acquainted with the character?
Second, if you are looking to get into the Marvel Universe, this is one of the most important books of the Dark Reign era, which is the status quo of the MU between Secret Invasion and Siege. Tony Stark is an important part in all of this, therefor his story is a must read.
Third, this storyline has been said to be one of the best Iron Man stories of all time, right up there with Demon in a Bottle, not to mention that the series has won an Eisner Award for best new series (oh wait, I did mention that already!).
There’s three books of this, though the last isn’t out until August, so if you want to read it sooner you might want to find the single issues at your LCS, otherwise these are the books to get:
- Worlds Most Wanted Book 1 $24.99 HC/$19.99 TPB
- Worlds Most Wanted Book 2 $24.99 HC
- Stark Disassembled $19.99 HC
Currently the “Stark Resilient” arc is being published, and the quality of the series is still great. I still strongly recommend it.