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Invincible Iron Man #58: Review

Oct 2002
Mike Grell, Michael Ryan

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Sympathy for the Devil: Part Three of Three

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3.5 stars

Invincible Iron Man #58 Review by (December 26, 2020)
Comments: Title comes from a song by the Rolling Stones. The gateway to Tiberius Stone’s “looking glass” (an Alice in Wonderland reference) mixes Dante’s Inferno (“Abandon hope, all ye who enter here”) with THE WIZARD OF OZ (“I’d turn back if I were you”). Cover colors by Angelo Tsang and Udon.

Review: Familiar story effectively done with the usual ending of a mind control guy trapped in his own little world. If you can believe that Rumiko could walk into the electric company and nicely ask them to shut down power to an entire city block. That one little plot hole aside, this issue was kind of cool. Oh yeah, “I’m too pretty to die like this.”


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Invincible Iron Man #58 Synopsis by T Vernon
Iron Man refuses to believe the Rumiko in the plunging elevator car is not an illusion; it’s when she yells “I’m too pretty to die like this” that Tony recognizes her as the real thing and swoops in to save her. Iron Man has to walk back into the trap as it is the only way to stop Tiberius Stone from destroying the world with his virtual reality. Shellhead walks among funhouse mirrors and then the distorted images of him step out and fight. He blows them apart and follows Stone though the looking glass to the gates of Hell into a Gothic landscape presided over by a gigantic cyborg Ty Stone. Stone, surrounded by android servitors, including a pregnant Pepper Potts, explains that he has achieved the ultimate communion of man and machine, conquering the world and becoming its god. He offers Tony a choice: join him or become one of the mindless androids. Shellhead refuses, pointing out that Ty Stone is not a god in his paradise but he is trapped in his own private hell, a hell made of a lifetime of jealousy and hate. He reveals that had he not destroyed the satellite it would have landed right on Ty Stone’s building, further explaining that Stone brought Iron Man there, not to kill Tony but so Tony could kill him. Then the lights go out, Tony having had Rumiko call the electric company and have them shut down the power grid for that block. With his last remaining power, Stone turns into a giant and scary version of Iron Man and attacks the hero but Rumiko pulls Shellhead back through the looking glass, leaving Ty with vengeful zombie versions of the parents he murdered. Back in the real world, Ty Stone is sitting alone in his control room, his mind gone….

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Michael Ryan
Sean Parsons
Arsia Rozegar
Michael Ryan (Cover Penciler)
Sean Parsons (Cover Inker)
Angelo Tsang (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos.
Editor: Tom Brevoort. Editor-in-chief: Joe Quesada.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)

Plus: Rumiko Fujikawa, Tiberius Stone.

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