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Invincible Iron Man #59: Review

Nov 2002
Mike Grell, Mike Grell

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In Shining Iron: Part 1

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4 stars

Invincible Iron Man #59 Review by (January 9, 2021)
Comments: Title is a play on the phrase “a knight in shining armor.” Friday appears as Lily Tomlin’s telephone operator character Ernestine and the New Year’s baby. Tony is a fan of XENA, WARRIOR PRINCESS.

Review: So, Iron Man goes back to medieval days? Haven’t we already seen that a couple of times? Yes, we have, it was in Iron Man #149-150 and #249-250 and in both of those instances, we had Doctor Doom as an ally/antagonist and sparks flew creating a classic Iron Man story. Now we just have a genre savvy Pepper Potts rehashing all the warnings about time travel stories and Tony going back in time to face a third-rate Morgan Le Fay clone. That aside, the issue is well-written and the art is very nice especially in that two-page spread of Shellhead journeying forward to the past. Just no Doctor Doom. Sigh.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Invincible Iron Man #59 Synopsis by T Vernon
At an archaeological site in modern-day Wales, Dr. Ellen Mallory and her team make a surprising discovery….

Tony Stark is working on a time machine with Pepper Potts and notices that things are cold between her and husband Happy Hogan. Tony asks about it but Pepper doesn’t want to talk about it, as she’s bearing a lot of misery and resentment. Friday interrupts with a call from Dr. Mallory who shows Tony what they have discovered: Iron Man’s helmet buried in an ancient Celtic site. After being assured of its genuineness, he takes this as proof that his time machine works. Pepper is concerned about all of the problems seen with time travel in popular culture but Tony insists on suiting up as Iron Man and journeying to the past. He has the capability of returning whenever he wants and an automatic recall will kick in after forty hours if he’s back at the arrival point. Shellhead goes back into the past…

…and as soon as he arrives he is attacked by a knight on horseback. He then discovers the trip reversed the polarization of his armor and none of its weapons work so he grabs the knight’s lance and flips him off his horse. He takes the horse and lance and heads off. He encounters a group of soldiers escorting a noblewoman through the forest. When they are ambushed by a pack of bandits, Iron Man joins in and helps fight the interlopers off. A strange mist knocks our hero out….

Tony awakens to find Aislinn tending to his wounds. She is the seventh daughter of a seventh daughter and a sorceress; she marvels at Anthony of York’s armor—and then has her guards take him to the dungeon where she plans to torture him to learn the secret of his armor….

In the present, Dr. Mallory shows Pepper the one thing they didn’t show Tony: the Iron Man helmet contains a human skull….

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Barberoids 1 cover original artwork on ebay

Mike Grell
Mike Grell
Arsia Rozegar
Mike Grell (Cover Penciler)
Mike Grell (Cover Inker)
Jamie Noguchi (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Chris Eliopoulos.
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: Friday (Friday Stark).

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