The Mandarin has placed War Machine and The Invincible Iron Man in checkmate! For our review of #515, click “More”!
Invincible Iron Man #515
Tony Stark’s Iron Man suit has been shut down by General Babbage and Justine Hammer leaving War Machine alone in the fight against the Melter. Soon, Whirlwind and Living Laser arrive to help put War Machine down. As Tony tries to reach Rhodey’s position, with Pepper Potts in her Rescue armor trying to make it via air, they are too late to stop the three suped up villains from delivery a mass deathblow to James Rhodes. But is everything as it seems, or does the wily Tony Stark have a surprise up his sleeves?
Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca take a much more action oriented slant for this issue. The entire arc has been about the Mandarin putting the screws to Stark. He’s taken a massive chunk of Tony’s villains and given them even more power than they even really know how to use. Meanwhile, the Hammers have teamed up with an opportunistic military man to block Tony’s use of his only defense. Just about every aspect of Stark’s life has been attacked in one or another. It’s been a good ride, but it’s definitely only the end to the first act of a much larger story.
Looking at it from the standpoint of a six-part story, the entire story was well done. There was a manic feel to it. Tony was squeezed and made vulnerable. In the end, however, he might have the government on his case, he’s struggling with most of his old villains being led by his most dangerous foe (who might be in bed with the Pentagon of all places), and he’s struggling with his sobriety again, but Stark has accepted the loss in this first battle against the Mandarin and is prepared to enter the arena for round two.
The arc Fraction and Larroca did called “World’s Most Wanted” took Tony’s mind away from him in a slow burn, but in “Demon” that’s all Tony’s got. Sometimes having a particularly brilliant mind is a hundred times better than the Iron Man suit. I’m really looking forward to the next stage of the story!
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Great art as usual from Larroca. Nice action issue. Good set up for the next stage of Mandarin’s plans.||Little to complain about. Solid book all around.|
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