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Invincible Iron Man #161: Review

Aug 1982
Dennis O'Neil, Luke McDonnell

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If the Moonman Should Fall

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3 stars

Invincible Iron Man #161 Review by (November 17, 2015)
Comments: Magician Doug Henning gets a mention.

Review: Okay adventure has enough incident to entertain the masses. It’s as a showcase for Moon Knight that it falls short: I get that they have guest appearances like this to interest fans in a character whose book isn’t selling well; it’s just that Moon Knight doesn’t come off as particularly interesting. Really, for a hero who can be described as “insane Batman” he just plays the generic hero here. Nearly any other guest could have done most of what he does. The other major flaw is the abrupt ending, possibly revealing the need to clip off the last page for space considerations. Steven Grant doesn’t come back to explain himself, Sissy Host just fades out about halfway through; Daryll Flowers is left to go back to his dissolute life. Something is clearly off at the climax.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Invincible Iron Man #161 Synopsis by T Vernon
Iron Man tests the strength of his armor in an undersea simulation at Stark International; he then zooms away to appear as Tony Stark prepares for an undersea visit that day….
At Project Neptune, an experimental power generating facility twelve miles off the coast of New York, agents from A.I.M. seize control and plan a hot reception for the visitors. Tony and Steven (Moon Knight) Grant and the elderly philanthropist Sissy Host II take a sub to the facility and are immediately taken prisoner by A.I.M., hoping to force their scientific secrets from them. Grant puts up a fight, affording Tony the chance to run off and change into Iron Man. He jets out into the ocean to make it looks like he is coming from outside, only to see the bad guys taking off in the escape pods. After this, the sub is destroyed. Iron Man enters to discover that the maintenance robots have been reprogrammed to attack. Shellhead taken down a series of metallic menaces in succession—then the airlock bursts open. The Golden Avenger can hold it closed but can’t fix it to stay that way; he orders the inner airlock sealed, trapping him in a small space slowly filling with water. Meanwhile, the Coast Guard can’t get another sub to them for several hours. Grant pushes the aged and infirm Sissy Host out of the way and takes off in the last remaining escape pod….
Rescued by a Coast Guard ship, Steven Grant takes off into Manhattan as Moon Knight, on a mission to find the airlock system’s designer Daryll Flowers who knows where the emergency shut-off is. Meanwhile, A.I.M. has radioed in that they will repair the airlock in exchange for the rich people’s industrial secrets. In the city, Moon Knight searches the underworld for Flowers, now a junkie; going from bar to bar, he beats everyone up but gets no leads. Finally an informer directs him to a drug dealer’s den, where he arrives in time to prevent Flowers’ murder. Verifying the man’s identity, Moon Knight has him radio Project Neptune the location of the shut-off valves. Now able to leave the facility safely, Iron Man trails A.I.M. to their hideout and vanquishes them. Then he returns to the underwater station to come out of hiding as Tony Stark…

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Barberoids 1 cover original artwork on ebay

Luke McDonnell
Mike Esposito
Bob Sharen
Ed Hannigan (Cover Penciler)
Al Milgrom (Cover Inker)


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