Ultimate Iron Man (vol 1) - Orson Scott Card

It seems like a brilliant move to get a respected sci-fi author to write the Ultimate's version of Iron Man. Unfortunately, the main premise of Card's Iron Man/Tony Stark is that he has a super brain due to a genetic mutation and must be covered in a protective paint-like armor to not feel constant horrific pain. In other words, the whole idea of have a suit of armor is largely pointless. That, or the whole paint-armor things is completely unnecessary. Either way, I found myself asking what was the point. It is only at the end of this collection does Tony develop a personality and a purpose, which means that most of the issues gave us nothing. I think it could have accomplished more in half the length, just by cutting the whole birth-early years of Tony and the paint-armor.