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Invincible Iron Man #8: Review

Jun 1997
Jeph Loeb, Whilce Portacio

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Story Name:

Rebel, Rebel

Review & Comments

3 stars

Invincible Iron Man #8 Review by (August 5, 2019)
Review: Jeph Loeb takes us for a twisty ride: Iron Man in a battle to the death with an equally-powered enemy—while trying to determine if this is his deceased best friend and if so how and why is he back? Clever combination of action scene and mystery is a delight. Then we take a break as they tease a She-Hulk and a (powered) Doc Samson before we resume the bashing, this time at a construction site. And then we wrap up with a further whodunit: who raised Rebel from the dead and sent him to be killed by Iron Man? I found this issue to be quite enjoyable with the epic fight scenes and it raised the quality of the Heroes Reborn series by itself. More to come? I hope so.

Comments: Origin of Doc Samson with a twist that will be revealed in issue #10. Rebel's first name is spelled “Connor” but it is “Conner” in the following issues and in the official records.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Invincible Iron Man #8 Synopsis by Kevin Hollander
Rebel attacks Tony in the skies over Manhattan. Stark uses his armor to scan his opponent and cross-checks with O'Reilly's medical records. They are a perfect match. It's not a clone or an impostor; it's actually Rebel back from the dead.

"Iron Man" contacts Liz Ross and instructs her to get Pepper Potts to safety while he handles the latest attack. Ross tries to calm Pepper down when she refuses to cooperate but is struck by the hysterical woman. During the scuffle Ross' helmet is knocked off, revealing that she is bald and has large cancerous growths on the left side of her face. Although she does not explain herself, this is a result of her exposure to the gamma radiation (issue #1).

Downtown Manhattan: Jennifer Walters is kidnapped by the Hulk, who has apparently escaped from the gamma reactor. Hulk tells his cousin that his skin burns and he knows that she'll help him. She naturally agrees.

Tony and Rebel continue to fight until Tony's armor can establish a psionic lock with Rebel's. He takes control of the armor and immobilizes him and begins to beat him mercilessly. He soon stops himself when he realizes that Rebel's armor should have identified Happy's bio-signature. There's no way that he could make that kind of mistake.

This is a setup in which he was supposed to kill Rebel. He promises to find out who did this and why.

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Barberoids 1 cover original artwork on ebay

Whilce Portacio
Scott Williams
Wildstorm FX
Whilce Portacio (Cover Penciler)
Letterer: Comicraft.
Editor: Ruben Diaz.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Doc Samson
Doc Samson

(Leonard Samson)

(Bruce Banner)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)

(Jennifer Walters)

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