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Invincible Iron Man #279: Review

Apr 1992
Len Kaminski, Paul Ryan

Story Name:

Bad Judgment

Review & Comments

Rating:
4.5 stars

Invincible Iron Man #279 Review by (March 13, 2014)
Review: After causing a lot of trouble by refusing to be a team player, Iron Man takes on the powerful baddie—and has to be rescued by the team. Exciting and dramatic issue—will Tony sacrifice himself to stop the villain?—but he is such a total jerk in this story arc. The epic as a whole? One of the best multi-comic crossovers, marked by a complex story, tight plotting, strong characterization, and consistent quality. And it actually tries to mean something in the end!

Comments: Part 13 of Operation Galactic Storm. Hawkeye quotes THE HONEYMOONERS (“Can it core an apple?”) and Mighty Mouse (“Here I come to save the day!”)



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Invincible Iron Man #279 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Follows AVENGERS #346

Iron Man and a miniaturized Hawkeye are doing a reconnaissance on the Kree homeworld of Hala under cover of a cloaking field. They discover from a public news broadcast that the Avengers have been arrested in connection with Deathbird ’s assassination of the Kree rulers (in AVENGERS #346). Iron Man plans to free his comrades from prison while giving Hawkeye a tracking device to locate Deathbird to capture her and force her to clear the Avengers. Clint tracks his quarry to the sewers where he grows to giant size and threatens to crush her; Deathbird agrees to accompany him. [Elsewhere, the Supreme Intelligence absorbs the minds of the dead leaders into his own brain.] Meanwhile, Iron Man enters the Citadel of Judgment and comes face-to-face with Ronan the Accuser . The two are evenly matched but Tony’s life-support system, damaged in the fight with Shatterax (last issue), starts to fail. Choosing to sacrifice his life for his friends, he sets his system to self-destruct and engages Ronan. But the other Avengers have escaped as Hawkeye and Deathbird arrive and the team takes on the Accusers. The battle ends when Clint as Goliath brings down the ceiling and they escape into the sewers. Deathbird has vanished but Captain America is not among them either, having been in the interrogation room when the others escaped. Hawkeye reveals that Deathbird mentioned a massive bomb set to destroy the Kree but he insists on rescuing Cap. Iron Man stuns him with a blast; the threat to the universe outweighs the life of one man….

In space, the Skrulls suddenly come upon the Nega-Portal —the Shi’ar weapon in question, where it was stranded in WONDER MAN #8 ….

Continued in THOR #446


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Paul Ryan
Keith Williams
Mike Rockwitz
Paul Ryan (Cover Penciler)
Bob Wiacek (Cover Inker)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Hawkeye
Hawkeye

(Clint Barton)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)

Plus: Black Knight, Deathbird, Kree, Ronan (Ronan the Accuser), Sersi, Shi’ar, Skrulls.