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Invincible Iron Man #193: Review

Apr 1985
Dennis O'Neil, Luke McDonnell

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The Choice and the Challenge!

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4.5 stars

Invincible Iron Man #193 Review by (July 12, 2016)
Comments: Part one of four parts. First appearance of Bethany Cabe since issue #153. The giant monster is supposed to be Godzilla but Marvel no longer held the license to the character, therefore it goes unnamed and altered in appearance.

Review: A giant monster story that actually takes advantage of all the fun inherent in the concept? Great! Story does a masterful job of combining thrilling superhero action with characterization for Rhodey and especially Tony in a wild ride. Recommended.

Invincible Iron Man #193 Review by (July 12, 2016)
An added comment:- Mockingbird remembers Demonicus fighting SHIELD in Shogun Warriors. Because Marvel can't mention Godzilla they can't say that before that he was in Godzilla #4-5, which was where the big lizard became his enemy.
When Tony Stark unmasks to get their confidence he also tells them that he used to be Iron Man himself, which most Avengers including Hawkeye and Mockingbird didn't know at the time.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Invincible Iron Man #193 Synopsis by T Vernon
A giant reptilian monster rises from the ocean and attacks a Quinjet piloted by Tigra who manages to crash land on a small island. The monster is under the control of its erstwhile enemy Dr. Demonicus who is up to no good....
James Rhodes offers the Iron Man armor back to Tony Stark, who refuses it, saying he doesn't want to be Iron Man any more. Tony refers Rhodey to Hank Pym as the first step in diagnosing and curing his headaches....
Shortly thereafter, Tony appears at the headquarters of the West Coast Avengers in his recreated original gray armor, bearing a message. Hawkeye and Mockingbird are suspicious (mostly Hawkeye) and Tony must unmask before he can tell them that Rhodey has taken a leave of absence from the team. Just then, a call for help from Tigra comes over the radio and the two Avengers swing into action but Tony declines, saying he is no longer a superhero, offending Hawkeye. After they leave, Tony broods over a possible connection between being Iron Man and his drinking problem then second-guesses himself and takes another Quinjet out to follow the others....
As Hawkeye and Mockingbird approach the island they deduce that Dr. Demonicus is behind it all and discover his underwater lair. The villain fires missiles at them and the Quinjet goes down. Tony arrives in his Quinjet to rescue his two teammates....
Dr. Demonicus and henchmen arrive on the island looking for Tigra; they encounter a native village and the villain commands his sea monster to destroy it. Tigra swings into action to lure the monster away from the village....
Interlude: In New York City, Bethany Cabe is looking for Tony Stark....
The heroic trio finds Tigra in the clutches of the monster and Hawkeye fires an explosive arrow into its mouth, causing it to drop Tigra. Landing, Mockingbird takes down Demonicus' two henchmen while Hawkeye is seized by the behemoth. It's up to Tony, in his primitive armor to come to the rescue. He exerts his strength to pick up the monster and fly off with it, hoping to dump it in the ocean far away...if he can make it. Demonicus has escaped and … the story ends abruptly.

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Luke McDonnell
Ian Akin
Bob Sharen
Luke McDonnell (Cover Penciler)
Brian Garvey (Cover Inker)


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