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Invincible Iron Man #6: Review

Jul 1998
Kurt Busiek, Patrick Zircher

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In Deep

Review & Comments

4.5 stars

Invincible Iron Man #6 Review by (October 8, 2019)
Comments: Iron-Hand Hauptmann was one of Red Skull's team called the Exiles; he first appeared in CAPTAIN AMERICA #102-104 and #112-118, the latter being the debut of the Falcon. Only appearance of Tuatara. Richard Howell is credited with a welcome plot assist.

Review: A fairly conventional plot is enlivened by an impressive villain: Commander Araoha Tepania, woman bearing Maori tattoos and who can transform into a giant lizard called Tuatara! She is a knock-out, giving Iron Man a hard time which seems to give Tony Stark an almost erotic thrill. He may not admit it beyond saying he hopes to match himself against her again but he's not fooling Natasha and he isn't fooling us: he's got the hots for her. Too bad we never see her again, she was quite impressive.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Invincible Iron Man #6 Synopsis by T Vernon
Iron Man swims underwater through the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia to keep a rendezvous with a mysterious client. He surfaces to find Black Widow waiting for him on a small boat. While Tony and Natasha eat caviar, she explains the mission she needs his help on: a number of scientists who work with micro-electronics have been abducted; Nat wants Tony to be the bait in a trap SHIELD is setting for the bad guys. One catch: Tony has to leave the Iron Man armor behind....

Back at the New York HQ of Stark Solutions, Pepper Potts is feeling a bit jealous at the attention pretty staffer Doreen is paying to ex-husband Happy Hogan—except we know Doreen is a corporate spy....

For a week, Tony Stark is seen all over Sydney in the company of Natasha Romanoff, waiting to be kidnapped. Suddenly at a fancy club, the assassin Iron Hand Hauptmann appears and Nat takes him on and tricks him into sticking his electric hand into a bowl of punch, electrocuting him. And while she is distracted, Tony is snatched....

Tony awakens to find himself in a desert fortress where he meets his captor, Commander Araoha Tepania, who shows him the secret lab where the abducted scientists are building electronic devices for  her mysterious employer—and they have removed Tony's tracking device so he will not be found by SHIELD. Soon Tony has joined the assembly line and he manages to rig a distress beacon that alerts Nat to his position. Soon Black Widow breaks into the facility, taking on the guards while Tony snatches a gun to join her. Commander Tepania demonstrates her own special ability as she transforms into a giant lizard-woman called Tuatara. The Widow takes her on while directing Tony to his armor which she has brought along. Soon it's Iron Man versus Tuatara and he finds her nearly as tough as the Hulk. He manages to get through to her with some sonics but not for long; they are enjoying their battle but when SHIELD forces arrive, Tuatara tunnels into the ground and away....

As they talk the mission over later, Tony talks about how he enjoyed the challenge of Tuatara while he and Natasha vow to identify her mystery employer and take him down....

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Barberoids 1 cover original artwork on ebay

Patrick Zircher
John Holdredge
Steve Oliff
Sean Chen (Cover Penciler)
Eric Cannon (Cover Inker)
Liquid! (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Richard Starkings.
Editor: Bobbie Chase. Editor-in-chief: Bob Harras.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Black Widow
Black Widow

(Natasha Romanoff)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Pepper Potts
Pepper Potts

(Pepper Hogan)

Plus: Iron Hand Hauptmann, Tuatara.

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