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Invincible Iron Man #328: Review

May 1996
Terry Kavanagh, Dave Hoover

Story Name:

Call it Frostbite

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

Invincible Iron Man #328 Review by (June 11, 2019)
Comments: Part two of two parts. Final appearance of Frostbite.

Review: Yet another Iron Man versus a cold villain, only this time it's a brand-new Tony in a brand new armor and the fight includes Tony showing off each of the new features like a car salesman. Anyway, pretty cool. And the epilogue would have us worrying about Teen Tony's future if it wasn't played for comedy so it seems like Teen Tony doesn't have enough time left to become an alcoholic playboy....




 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Invincible Iron Man #328 Synopsis by T Vernon
Professor Meredith McCall Alden is frozen solid during a New York blizzard, along with a multitude of other victims of her mad husband Sloan Alden, now the non-human menace Frostbite....

At Avengers Mansion, Jarvis find the whole place a shambles, caused by Teen Tony Stark who is taking the step he has long resisted: creating an Iron Man armor....

The police are helpless against the marauding Frostbite who is freezing Manhattan for what he calls his  white wedding. Then the new Iron Man appears, offering help to the villain, who refuses. IM mentions how his one remaining gauntlet thawed him out after last issue's freeze, incidentally informing the bad guy that he is young Tony in the armor. They hurl attacks back and forth with neither gaining an advantage. Then Iron Man uses a microwave pulse to shatter the steam pipes beneath the streets—and Frostbite freezes them instantly into a glittering forest of icy trees....

The late Tony Stark's friends and family at Stark Enterprises (Jarvis, Hank Pym, Janet Van Dyne, Abe Zimmer, Mrs. Arbogast, Happy Hogan, Pepper Potts, James Rhodes, Bethany Cabe) debate what to do about the new owner Yu Kirin and it's all in the contract drawn up by Foggy Nelson when Yu arrives....

Now that his foe is getting harder to detect in the raging blizzard, Iron Man tries a hunch: he hurls a synthetic cold snap at Frostbite who laughs it off until the battling cold air currents freeze the villain in a block of ice as the storm passes. Tony calls the Avengers for a containment unit while he turns his attention to the baddie's victims. He raises the heat on the frozen Meredith McCall until her circulation resumes and her heart beats strongly....

Later, Jarvis is helping Tony get settled in at the Columbia University dorm which he prefers to Avengers Mansion where the heroes are practically strangers to him. And his skirmish with Frostbite proves he can take care of himself. Then Kris DeGann enters and drags Tony off to the first beer bash of the semester, causing Jarvis more worry....


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

Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
James Rhodes
James Rhodes

(Rhodey)
Pepper Potts
Pepper Potts

(Pepper Hogan)

Plus: Abe Zimmer, Bethany Cabe, Foggy Nelson, Frostbite, Happy Hogan, Jarvis (Edwin Jarvis), Kris DeGann, Meredith McCall, Mrs. Arbogast, Yu Kirin.