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Invincible Iron Man #24: Review

Jan 2000
Roger Stern, Sean Chen

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Story Name:

Ultimate Fury

Review & Comments

4.5 stars

Invincible Iron Man #24 Review by (March 17, 2020)
Comments: Part two of three parts. Co-plotted by Kurt Busiek and Roger Stern.

Review: So…Ultimo rises, Golden-Blade and Sapper turn out to be good guys seeking to revive an alien race, Warbird tries to kill Tony Stark, and he and Pepper realize there is no longer any feeling between them. All of what was promised last issue has delivered in an epic fashion, the creators juggling all of these plot threads into a harmonious whole and embarrassing Happy Hogan to boot! The story of the Rajaki was a thrilling addition to the Marvel mythos (despite them not being heard from again after next issue) and Busiek and Stern deserve kudos for bringing back these two obscure bad guys with one appearance in the 1970s and making them interesting. And the Warbird-Iron Man fight is also pretty spectacular and who knows, Tony may get Carol to AA yet. Stay tuned as her case gets sadder….


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Invincible Iron Man #24 Synopsis by T Vernon
Warbird wakes up after having been knocked out by Iron Man to prevent her from joining him on a mission while drunk. She figures out what happened and is mightily sore, downing some booze and swearing revenge….

And then Ultimo comes to life, wrecking the Stark-Fujikawa research ship and nearly hurling Rumiko Fujikawa and Morgan Stark overboard….

Meanwhile, at the Stark house, Happy Hogan walks in on Tony Stark and Pepper Potts in a kiss and he leaves before they can see him—also leaving before he can see them break down in laughter as there is no longer any attraction between them. It’s then that the enraged Warbird arrives, firing her blasts at Tony. He orders Jocasta to lock down the house (incidentally trapping Happy inside) and dons the Iron Man armor to fly off, leading Warbird far from his home. They fight on the way, Tony realizing she is full blackout drunk. She crashes into a power substation, blacking out half of Seattle but absorbing the electricity and increasing her power….

Back at the ship, Golden-Blade and Sapper escape from their special cages and…start rescuing the crew. The Coast Guard arrives in time to see Ultimo rising from the ocean….

While Warbird is trying to tear Iron Man’s head off, he gets a call from Jocasta that the Coast Guard is reporting that Ultimo is free. At this point, WB kicks IM so hard that he tears through the wing of a passenger plane. As the plane heads toward a crash, Tony appeals to Carol to help him carry the plane to the upcoming airport. On the ground, Carol asks Tony what damaged the jet—and he tells her that she did, causing her to collapse in tears. He hands her over to medics to treat her alcohol poisoning and heads out to sea. There, he comes upon Ultimo firing on Sapper and Golden-Blade as they rescue the crew; the giant swats him out of the air, drops to the bottom of the sea and starts walking. Iron Man confronts Sapper and Golden-Blade but Rumiko intervenes to tell him the two armored “villains” are the good guys. Golden-Blade, who speaks English, tells Iron Man of his partner’s plight. Sapper is from the planet Rajak which was destroyed by Ultimo many years ago; Sapper’s clan was off-planet but Ultimo pursued their ship to the vicinity of Earth where a meteor cluster knocked them both to the ground. The Rajaki ship hit in the future Washington State and the cyborg Sapper was the sole survivor; Golden-Blade was a trapper on the ground who was mortally injured when the ship crashed and Sapper rebuilt him a cyborg body. Iron Man deduces that Ultimo crashed down in China where the Mandarin found him and reprogrammed him some time later. The Rajaki minds had been uploaded and the two had been scavenging for energy so that the clan could be revived. But now, Ultimo has learned the location of the Rajaki base and is heading there to finish them off—and his path will take him through the city of Spokane….

There's also a 2nd story:-

“Fast Lane Part 2 of 4: Feel the Rush!”

Writer: Glenn Herdling. Pencils: Gregg Schigiel. Inks: Richard Case. Colors: Chris Dickey.

Synopsis: An anti-drug public service announcement featuring Spider-Man appearing in several Marvel comics this month.

Story #2

Feel the Rush! (Fast Lane Part 2 of 4)

Colorist: Paul Mounts.

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Barberoids 1 cover original artwork on ebay

Sean Chen
Rob Hunter
Steve Oliff
Sean Chen (Cover Penciler)
Don Hillsman (Cover Inker)
Chris Sotomayor (Cover Colorist)
Plot: . Letterer: Richard Starkings.
Editor: Bobbie Chase. Editor-in-chief: Bob Harras.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)

(Jocasta Pym)
Pepper Potts
Pepper Potts

(Pepper Hogan)

Plus: Golden-Blade, Morgan Stark, Rumiko Fujikawa, Sapper, Ultimo, Warbird (Carol Danvers).

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