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1. "RE: Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin"
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   LAST EDITED ON Dec-21-11 AT 02:36 PM (EST)
 
I'd been avoiding this mini because, while I'm a moderate Joe Casey fan, his last work with Iron Man (Iron Man: The Inevitable) left a kind of blah taste in my mouth. However, your review intrigues me enough to keep an eye out for the trade when it comes out.

Thanks for the review.


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  RE: Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin StaticdashPulse May-20-08 1
      RE: Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin Gryphonadmin May-20-08 2
          RE: Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin StaticdashPulse May-20-08 3
              RE: Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin mdg1 May-20-08 4
                  RE: Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin Wedge May-20-08 6
              RE: Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin O_M May-20-08 5
                  RE: Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin StaticdashPulse May-20-08 7

StaticdashPulse
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1. "RE: Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin"
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   LAST EDITED ON Dec-21-11 AT 02:36 PM (EST)
 
I'd been avoiding this mini because, while I'm a moderate Joe Casey fan, his last work with Iron Man (Iron Man: The Inevitable) left a kind of blah taste in my mouth. However, your review intrigues me enough to keep an eye out for the trade when it comes out.

Thanks for the review.


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Gryphonadmin
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2. "RE: Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin"
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   >I'd been avoiding this mini because, while I'm a moderate Joe Casey
>fan, his last work with Iron Man (Iron Man: The Inevitable)
>left a kind of blah taste in my mouth.

I'm not entirely sure, but I think perhaps Inevitable didn't work as well because it was trying to be in-continuity. Enter the Mandarin doesn't give a shit about that. :)

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3. "RE: Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin"
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   LAST EDITED ON Dec-21-11 AT 02:37 PM (EST)
 
Good point! A very good point. Yes, a point from you which is indeed a good one. Afffirmative and true, a good point from you. Etc.

Continuity seems to be a tool best left alone hese days, even when dealing with otherwise master craftsmen.


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4. "RE: Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin"
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   Oddly enough, I'm told Enter The Mandarin was referenced in the latest IM Handbook (the mis-titled All-New Iron Manual) so it IS in continuity.

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6. "RE: Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin"
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   >(the mis-titled All-New Iron Manual)

Man, so help me, I read that as 'Iron Manuel', which then made me think of the wholly inappropriate '6 Million Peso Man' from Robot Chicken. So wrong.


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5. "RE: Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin"
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   >Continuity seems to be a tool best left alone hese days, even when
>dealing with otherwise master craftsmen.

It's kind of sad when you realize that a sprawling metacontinuity decades in the making is more burden than boon to modern comics these days, because you can't forget that crap like Civil War ever happened.


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StaticdashPulse
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7. "RE: Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin"
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   LAST EDITED ON Dec-21-11 AT 02:37 PM (EST)
 
I refuse to believe that. Unix has been around forty, almosy fifty, years, and it's only gotten better because people add new stuff to it, which means its codebase (which includes the applications than run on it) is likely more of a sprawling mess than comic books'. The difference is Unix hackers know when to use libraries, when to ignore libraries, and when to completely rewrite libraries.

Hypervelocity, Marvel Adventures Iron Man, and (according to Gryphon's review) Enter the Mandarin all exist by using the benefits of continuity (established characters, stories, etc.) but judiciously avoid slaving themselves to every minute detail of what worked in the past. There's no reason Marvel couldn't just forget Civil War ever happened and start telling new stories, they just won't because they've forgotten how to do it.


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