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Infamous Iron Man #2: Review

Nov 2016
Brian Michael Bendis, Alex Maleev

Story Name:

(no title given)

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

Infamous Iron Man #2 Review by (November 26, 2016)
Last issue we were told that Thing is working for SHIELD in looking for Dr Doom. The splash page of this issue suggests that they've only hired him for the job. Whatever, this is presumably happening while his team Guardians Of the Galaxy are stuck on Earth after their spaceship was destroyed in Civil War II #5-6 and GotG#13.

Victor Von Doom calls the Thinker Julius, which is 1st name we've heard which hasn't just been a temporary alias.
The (Mad) Thinker has been building androids for felonious purposes since Fantastic Four #15. He also specialised in accurate (computer-aided) predictions to guide his evil plans, but some unforeseen factor always foiled them.
Thinker helped Dr Doom in New Avengers (2013) #24-27 figure out what was happening in the lead-up to the destruction of the multiverse and Secret Wars III.
Since SWIII he's mainly been part of Hood's Illuminati.

The covers and solicits for the next 2 issues are confusing. Next issue seems to involve Pepper Potts, with the Thing fight seemingly postponed 'til #4.



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Infamous Iron Man #2 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
The Thing has gone to the Latverian Embassy seeking Dr Doom. He gets fed up of being kept waiting and smashes his way into the private areas. The Ambassador insists that Victor Von Doom has 'resigned' from ruling the country, leaving it in a mess, and they don't know where he is. He continues with this (true) line even as Ben Grimm smashes some priceless vases to give him an incentive to say something different. (Presumably Ben eventually believes the Ambassador and goes away.)

We now learn that Doom is currently in La Paz, Bolivia, where he's found the current lair of the Mad Thinker. When Thinker gets home he discovers that Victor has extracted the AI CPU from his latest android. Von Doom compliments him on the quality of his work - he's going to take it and reverse-engineer it for his own use. But he'll let Thinker live if he promises to mend his evil ways and use his intellect for the benefit of mankind.

Thinker doesn't like any of this. He shoots at Dr Doom but the bullet bounces off a forcefield. An alarm button brings a horde of robots out of hiding. Doom counters by encasing himself in his grey version of the Iron Man armour - and destroys (nearly) all the robots. Before he leaves he (presumably) kills Thinker.

On the way out Victor advises 2 boys not to enter, and magically dissolves away. But he is followed by 1 surviving robot. So he returns, in armour again, to kill it. He apologises for putting the boys in danger before disappearing again.

In Cambridge, England, Amara Perera is returning to her apartment building when she hears someone call her name. She immediately turns and fires a gun - which wounds Victor in the shoulder. She rushes to his side to tend to the wound but he brusquely orders her not to touch him.

Amara is surprised that she was able to shoot Victor, with all his defences. He says he didn't think he needed them around her. She says he (and his reputation) frightens her, especially when he as usual appears out of nowhere. Hurt, he reminds her that he's never hurt her.

She says she didn't get the gun because of him, but because of the people who've come to question her about him - they want to know where he is. Like the Thing last issue. Victor says for her sake he'll leave her alone from now on.

Bur it's too late, as Thing bursts in to the flat and attacks him.


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Alex Maleev
Alex Maleev
Matt Hollingsworth
Alex Maleev (Cover Penciler)
Alex Maleev (Cover Inker)
Alex Maleev (Cover Colorist)


Characters

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Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Thing
Thing

(Ben Grimm)