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Invincible Iron Man #329: Review

Jun 1996
Terry Kavanagh, Jim Cheung

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3.5 stars

Invincible Iron Man #329 Review by (June 18, 2019)
Comments: Part one of three parts. Oddity: while cleaning out Tony Stark's desk in Silicon Valley, Pepper Potts seems to regard it as the same office and desk as in New York. The party crowd is singing “One of Us” by Joan Osborne (no relation to Norman).

Review: Tony Stark, Frat Boy! seems to be the focus of the tale, even with the Iron Man heroic climax. More of Tony brooding: did anyone ever say, “You know what Iron Man needs? More teenage angst!”? And we have all the drama provided by signing over a company and cleaning out a desk. When a woman opening her eyes is a dramatic highlight things are a bit off the rails. The issue isn't as bad as I'm making it sound but there's a bit of a drop in quality for a minute. More to come.


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Invincible Iron Man #329 Synopsis by T Vernon
Late one night a band of thieves break into Manhattan's Metropolitan Museum of Art; an alarm goes off, the thieves scatter and one is caught: young Tony Stark....

At Stark Enterprises, Pepper Potts volunteers to help James Rhodes clean out the late Tony Stark's office because of its strong associations with her life. Rhodey understands....

Bethany Cabe and Happy Hogan formally sign Stark Enterprises over to Fujikawa Inc and are given two days to get everything out. Abe Zimmer now has his deadline for cleaning out Tony Stark's Armory....

Meredith McCall awakens in the hospital in the middle of the night and her eyes are white....

Kris DeGann goes to the police station to bail out Teen Tony and the cops recognize the nude cartoon of her that the guys were planning to leave in place of the stolen Picasso. On their way back to the school, Kris explains that the Kappa Phi frat keeps a cache of bail money for just such an occasion. They enter the house to find the party is still in full swing. Tony is introduced around and jock Benj Brennan shows Tony the frat's Hall of Heroes and invites him to join the frat. Tony wonders if this could be a place where he belongs...but he is interrupted by a scream. The frat house is on fire and Tony dons his Iron Man armor to rescue the party-goers. He breaks a window to let more air in and accidentally causes a backdraft that feeds the flames. He finds Kris and flies her up to the attic where she will be safe. He then creates a magnetic field that ionizes the oxygen, snuffing the fire and causing the people to pass out briefly. Police and firefighters arrive and only then does Tony remember that he left Kris in the attic full of oxygen canisters—and then the attic explodes....

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


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Pepper Potts
Pepper Potts

(Pepper Hogan)
War Machine
War Machine

(James Rhodes)

Plus: Abe Zimmer, Bethany Cabe, Kris DeGann, Meredith McCall.

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