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Invincible Iron Man #47: Review

Dec 2001
Frank Tieri, Keron Grant

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Story Name:

The Frankenstein Syndrome Part 2

Review & Comments

3 stars

Invincible Iron Man #47 Review by (September 26, 2020)
Comments: Inked by Rob Stull, Rich Perotta, and Rick Ketcham; colors by Edgar Tadeo and Avalon.

Review: Keron Grant’s art is easier to look at than in the previous issues but having an army of Iron Men fighting in a huge melee causes another artistic problem, namely making everything hard to follow. The rape of Jocasta moves the story into a very dark place but the whole thing is offset by having Jocasta look like Little Orphan Annie crossed with Mega Man. The final scenes, with the SKIN reveal followed by the Ultron unmasking, are quite effective. I should note that Keron Grant’s later painted/inkwash style is much different than his pencils for Iron Man and more effective. Check out the Black Panther pix on his website.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Invincible Iron Man #47 Synopsis by T Vernon
Iron Man is being attacked by the Sons of Yinsen, ten enemies wearing copies of his sentient armor and cloaked and Iron Man is losing the fight. Inside Stark Enterprises, Sun Tao tells Happy Hogan and Pepper Potts the recent history of the Sons: it was decided to use Tony Stark’s sentient armor as the proper housing for Professor Yinsen’s brain—but after the operation, the formerly kindly Yinsen was now arrogant and aggressive, outfitting the Sons in Iron Man armors. Sun Tao tried to warn the others but was cast out of the society instead as a heretic. Yinsen and his cloaked army stole Askew’s SKIN technology and left the armored Sun Tao to take the fall. Outside, Iron Man tries to magnetize the enemy armors, trapping them all together but Yinsen easily clobbers Shellhead and hurls him into the building. The Sons then break in and carry off Sun Tao….

Jocasta returns to awaken Tony and he demands an explanation as to why she abandoned him; she explains that when the armor first became sentient the armor attacked Jocasta and performed the AI equivalent of raping her. Tony offers to leave her behind but she knows this is something she will have to face….

At the Church of Yinsen, Sun Tao is literally being sacrificed on an altar when Iron Man enters and disarms the High Priest. He uses Jocasta to ensure that the Sons’ armor absorbs light rather than reflecting it, taking them all down. But when he tries to free the cloaked worshippers, he learns they have been altered with the SKIN liquid metal, turning them into an army of cyborgs. As he grabs Sun Tao and tries to escape, Iron Man is brought down with a gesture from Yinsen. He reveals he can control Iron Man’s artificial heart and he is the one who gave the armor sentience; the then unmasks to stand forth as…Ultron….

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Keron Grant
Rob Stull
Edgar Tadeo
Keron Grant (Cover Penciler)
Rob Stull (Cover Inker)
? (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Randy Gentile.
Editor: Tom Brevoort. Editor-in-chief: Joe Quesada.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)

(Jocasta Pym)
Pepper Potts
Pepper Potts

(Pepper Hogan)

Plus: Antigone, Sentient Iron Man Armour, Sons of Yinsen.

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