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Invincible Iron Man #326: Review

Mar 1996
Terry Kavanagh, Jim Cheung

Story Name:

First Sign Part 3 of 4: Burn Out

Review & Comments

Rating:
2.5 stars

Invincible Iron Man #326 Review by (May 28, 2019)
Hector Collazo and Steve Ellis join Jimmy Cheung on pencils. Andy Lanning and Steve Moncuse assist Mark McKenna on iknks.

Comments: Part three of a crossover story arc in the wake of THE CROSSING event; collected in AVENGERS/IRON MAN: FIRST SIGN. First appearance of Kris DeGann. Meredith McCall first appeared in IRON MAN #28 as Tony's first love, long past, then she showed up in issue #282-283 which led to her becoming one of the Masters of Silence.

Review: Uhhhh—Teen Tony Stark? If you missed “The Crossing” event, know that regular Tony Stark/Iron Man turned evil because he was secretly being controlled by Kang the Conqueror for years or decades so the Avengers borrowed another Tony from an earlier era to fight bad Tony. Bad Tony died to stop Kang so the Avengers decided to keep the teen version around. The big question is why? Who at Marvel thought this was a good idea? What we get in this issue is Peter Parker redux, though without all the wisecracks. Instead we're back to Bad Heart Tony which was played out decades ago. “Awkward teenager makes good” is not something they can just toss onto another well-established characters. Oh well, it's only for seven issues, closing out Volume One of IRON MAN and we never hear of this again. I'm just glad they didn't pull a similar stunt and provide us with Teen Steve Rogers to get us past SECRET EMPIRE.




 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Invincible Iron Man #326 Synopsis by T Vernon
Continued from THOR #496.

Teen Tony Stark, ten years away from his right era, enrolls at Columbia University to start his academic year over from scratch. As he wanders the campus he encounters a nerdy student named Chip Walters who is knocked down by a runaway Frisbee. Recognizing Chip as another science major, he asks his advice on classes and Chip highly recommends Dr Alden's class before running off to escape the obnoxious jocks. At registration Tony meets Kris DeGann and learns that Chip was lying to him to cut out competition for the good classes; Dr Alden is the most hated teacher at the school. Lining up for her class, Tony recognizes her as his ex-girlfriend Meredith McCall. He tries to duck before she can recognize him and then the lights go out, thanks to the power loss caused by the Zodiac dome covering Manhattan (seen in CAPTAIN AMERICA #449, part one of this crossover). Tony dons his gauntlets to provide light and to open the doors but realizes his chest plate, keeping him alive, is being drained of energy. He follows energy traces down to the basement where he finds a well-stocked lab....

At Avengers Mansion, Jarvis is able to communicate with Giant-Man Hank Pym and a few other Avengers who are trapped right outside the dome. The butler fills Hank in on the situation before the com-links go down....

At the school lab, Tony is able to jury-rig a force field to protect his chest plate from the energy drain, but he still needs to recharge soon. Tracing the power emissions, Tony encounters Captain America and Thor in combat with hordes of Zodiac goons and holding their own. Cap is trying to reach the skimmer to close the portal letting the thugs in and also to pierce the dome around Manhattan. Tony jumps into the fray, surprising Cap. The trio of Avengers make it onto the skimmer and take off, crashing through to the surface. They find a city in chaos with fires, looting, and sheer mayhem. Tony is able to fix the Zodiac transporter to power his Avengers Communicard in order to alert all Avengers outside the dome to meet them at the Brooklyn Bridge. At the Bridge they find tens of thousands of citizens desperately trying to claw their way through the barrier. Wasp, Quicksilver, and Deathcry are outside with Hank, waiting to be let in. Problem: they can open the barrier for only thirty seconds: do they let as many people escape as they can? Or do they admit the four Avengers, hoping to solve the problem? And either way, it will drain all power from Tony's chest plate, killing him....

Continued in AVENGERS #396.


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Jim Cheung
Mark McKenna
John Kalisz
George Pratt (Cover Penciler)
George Pratt (Cover Inker)
George Pratt (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Phil Felix.
Editor: Nel Yomtov. Editor-in-chief: Bob Harras.

Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Giant-Man
Giant-Man

(Hank Pym)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Thor
Thor

(Odinson)
Wasp
Wasp

(Janet Van Dyne)

Plus: Deathcry, Jarvis (Edwin Jarvis), Kris DeGann, Meredith McCall, Zodiac.