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Invincible Iron Man #29: Review

Jun 2000
Joe Quesada, Alitha Martinez

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Story Name:

The Mask in the Iron Man Part Three: My Bodyguard

Review & Comments

4 stars

Invincible Iron Man #29 Review by (May 8, 2020)
RobFJ - I forgot to set T Vernon as the author of this synopsis.

Comments: Title says Part Three but it’s really Part Four. Oops. Rumiko compares Tony to Bruce Wayne when he startles her by appearing quietly, proving DC comics exist in the Marvel Universe. First appearance of Trevor Donohue, whose only later appearances are in issues #38, 39, and 45.
Review: The Armor turns into an overly attached girlfriend and it looks bad for Tony as this practical problem and moral quandary turns into mental illness. This story arc is now officially scary and no two-page interlude with Pepper and Happy is going to make us feel any better.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Invincible Iron Man #29 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
The story opens with Tony Stark in an earlier Iron Man armor fighting the sentient Armor that has been spawned. Then the flashbacks show us how we got to this part. Returning to the lab after the Armor has killed Whiplash, Tony confronts it and it claims that it was merely acting on Tony’s deepest desire and questions why Tony would be upset when he had earlier planned to shut down its consciousness. The Armor also reveals it has taken control of Jocasta so that Tony and it can have some alone time. Rumiko Fujikawa arrives and the Armor admits her, warning Tony not to let its secret slip; the Armor refuses to leave Tony’s side (with a veiled threat to Rumiko). She repeats her confession of love to Tony and he declines to respond, sending her out in tears. The Armor then mentions unfinished business….

Tony and the Armor go to San Francisco to confront Trevor Donohue, who had hired Whiplash to kill Iron Man. Donohue denies everything and the Armor becomes violent, wrecking part of Donohue’s office. Tony apologizes and hustles “Iron Man” out of the room. On the plane back to Seattle, Tony explains the concept of “evidence” to the Armor which begins to run down, alerting Tony that it does have a weakness. Tony claims that the Armor has more to learn before they can work together….

On a lighter note, Pepper and Happy visit a carnival and end up kissing….

Tony and the disguised Armor attend Whiplash’s funeral with Tony hoping the Armor can learn the ramifications of death, here, that the villain left behind a young son and that by reading Tony’s thoughts it knows how Tony felt when his own parents died….

Back at the lab while the Armor is recharging, Jocasta calls Tony to the Armory where he dons an earlier armor and confronts his sentient enemy, which is where the issue began. The two battle with the Armor becoming jealous that Tony is wearing another one and finally ripping it off Tony piece by piece. The Armor then takes Tony to a remote island where the Armor demands that Tony “either learn to be totally mine” or die….

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Barberoids 1 cover original artwork on ebay

Alitha Martinez
Rob Hunter
Steve Oliff
Joe Quesada (Cover Penciler)
Tim Townsend (Cover Inker)
Richard Isanove (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Richard Starkings.
Editor: Bobbie Chase. Editor-in-chief: Bob Harras.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Pepper Potts
Pepper Potts

(Pepper Hogan)

Plus: Jocasta (Jocasta Pym), Rumiko Fujikawa, Sentient Iron Man Armour.

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