Why is Iron Man one ego trip away from hitting the hooch? Are Batman's foes more tragic than the Dark Knight himself? Does the Hulk do anything other than smash crap? Here are the best print titles to get you up to speed for their tied-in popcorn movies
Iron Man
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Before you see Iron Man (out May 2), read Iron Man: Demon in a Bottle by David Michelinie and Bob Layton
True, Jon Favreau’s movie is more of a cheeky origin story, but it merely sets the foundation for what he’s reportedly said will lend itself to a warts-and-all sequel. Enter Demon in a Bottle. Fifteen years after Iron Man’s invention, Michelinie and Layton created this definitive portrait of the alcoholic hero. Tony Stark, the playboy industrialist under the armor, goes head-to-head against whiskey sours and amaretto and scotches — it’s probably the only time you’ll hear the battle cry, ”I should never have had that fourth martini!” Reminders that it’s 1979 include disco fashions and Ed Koch. —Sean Howe

Hellboy II: The Golden Army
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