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Invincible Iron Man #109: Review

Apr 1978
Bill Mantlo, Carmine Infantino

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4 stars

Invincible Iron Man #109 Review by (October 13, 2014)
Review: Not a bad issue though it takes up way too much time with the Tony Stark LMD, Tony and Whitney whispering love notes to one another, and the obligatory superhero fight before they get down to business. Which they have run out of time for and pushed off till the next issue. Jack of Hearts looks like he might becomes interesting though; more on him later.

Comments: Part one of four parts. Wraith is missing from the group shots at the beginning of the issue. First appearance of Dmitri Bukharin, the fifth and longest-serving Crimson Dynamo. The letters column features a missive from Fred Hembeck, praising the direction the series has taken since issue #100.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Invincible Iron Man #109 Synopsis by T Vernon
In the aftermath of the Midas debacle, Tony Stark arrives at his demolished plant and chews out Iron Man, an act that is surprising to everyone who knows Tony IS Iron Man. Shellhead thanks his allies for coming to his rescue in the previous issues and they leave, the Golden Avenger first promising he would oversee training for Jack of Hearts. He then takes Madame Masque into his office where he reveals that the newly arrived Tony is a Life Model Decoy created for just such an emergency. Outside, SHIELD scientists are examining the Growing Man, trying to determine where it came from. They have Jack power the Scanalyzer but the fledgling hero’s energy burns out the device. Not to worry, Jack was able to immediately process the data received and declares that the monster came from the moon….
Iron Man and Jack of Hearts fly to the moon in a borrowed Quinjet but a shrill noise pierces their brains, causing the craft to crash-land. First surprise: there is oxygen on the moon. Second surprise: the Soviet superheroes are there—Crimson Dynamo, Darkstar, and Vanguard—to investigate a giant egg-like structure. Each group suspects the other of concealing info and when Iron Man spots Crimson Dynamo he explodes with wrath against the murderer of his beloved Janice Cord (in issue #22). There ensues an all-out brawl between the two teams that ends when Darkstar reveals that this Crimson Dynamo has a new man in the suit and is not the same one that killed Janice. Making peace the heroes all investigate the egg together. The structure emits the piercing whine again and Shellhead and Jack fly through an entrance that suddenly appears—and they are apparently disintegrated….

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Barberoids 1 cover original artwork on ebay

Carmine Infantino
Fred Kida
Francoise Mouly
John Byrne (Cover Penciler)
Terry Austin (Cover Inker)
Letterer: John Costanza.
Editor: Archie Goodwin.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Jack of Hearts
Jack of Hearts

(Jonathan Hart)

Plus: Crimson Dynamo (Dmitri Bukharin), Eddie March, Growing Man, Guardsman (Michael O'Brien), Jasper Sitwell, Jean DeWolff, Tony Stark LMD, Vanguard, Wraith (Brian DeWolff).

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