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Invincible Iron Man #49: Review

Feb 2002
Frank Tieri, Chris Batista

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Review & Comments

4 stars

Invincible Iron Man #49 Review by (October 10, 2020)
Comments: Part of Marvel’s “’Nuff Said” series in which all stories were told without dialogue. Includes the full script following the story. Titanium Man’s previous appearance was in IRON MAN #315-317; T-Man returns in issue #83, though it seems to be a different guy in the suit. Final appearance of Sun Tao but it’s not clear if he has been killed or not. The story contains no creator credits though the cover art is signed; credits taken from the Grand Comics Database (GCD). Cover colors by Angelo Tsang and Udon; story colors by Edgar Tadeo and Avalon.

Review: It’s all about the action. It has to be because that’s what dialogue-free comics can show. Though the story is a bit of a cheater: while there is no dialogue there are newspaper headlines and especially Iron Man’s armor readouts to explain what’s going on. The climax is also rather ambiguous: the usual reading of comic art tropes suggests that Pepper and Sun Tao are dead but that can’t be the case (for her at least, he never appears again) and I’m not sure what is so startling to Shellhead on the last page: that he smashed a hole through his own building? Or that, with the entire Earth beneath him, he lands in front of his office? The guest art team nails it rather nicely; the action glows.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Invincible Iron Man #49 Synopsis by T Vernon
Iron Man is in space, putting the finishing touches on Stark Enterprises’ new space station. But Titanium Man holds a grudge against Stark and so he dons his armor, jets over to the Stark building and smashes his way in. At the control room, Pepper Potts, Happy Hogan, and Sun Tao wield guns to fight him off but they are easily (and violently) defeated. T-Man uses the tech to pinpoint Iron Man’s exact location and jets up to confront him there. The two battle in space until Iron Man activates his energy absorbers and draws off T-Man’s power, leaving him floating helplessly in space. His systems overloading, Iron Man plummets to Earth. A Stark-Fujikawa shuttle pick him up. Iron Man makes a crater in the courtyard of his building and looks up to see he’s taken a piece out of the structure.

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Writer: Frank Tieri.

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Chris Batista
Rich Perrotta
Edgar Tadeo
Michael Ryan (Cover Penciler)
Sean Parsons (Cover Inker)
Angelo Tsang (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Randy Gentile.
Editor: Tom Brevoort. Editor-in-chief: Joe Quesada.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Pepper Potts
Pepper Potts

(Pepper Hogan)

Plus: Titanium Man.

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