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Invincible Iron Man #64: Review

Mar 2003
Mike Grell, Alan Davis

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Standoff Part Two

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4.5 stars

Invincible Iron Man #64 Review by (February 5, 2021)
Comments: First appearance of the Thorbuster armor. The three parts of the Standoff crossover feature interlocking covers.

Review: Escalated? Strange how the stakes are much higher than the previous issue with hints of World War 3 and Armageddon—and that’s just in the recap. Here, everything goes off the rails with Tony and Thor hitting each other and it is spectacular. True, they are discussing matters of great import and neither one makes any profound points but that’s because that’s only the premise for a comic book full of superbashing. And for once, one of Tony Stark’s “buster” armors actually does its job. 


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Invincible Iron Man #64 Synopsis by T Vernon
Story continued from THOR #58.

Iron Man has stopped Thor’s march on the capital of Slokovia to overthrow the nation’s dictator who has been trying to exterminate the Thunder God’s worshippers. Shellhead warns Thor about the dangerous consequences starting a war would lead to while Thor insists Iron Man has no business meddling in the affairs of the gods. Thor follower comes to him from the area but he orders Sif and Balder to move them to safety. Thor then draws his “line in the sand”: swinging his hammer to split a crevasse in the earth. When he turns his back the Slokovian army prepares to fire on him but Iron Man stops them. Doctor Doom contacts Iron Man and requests a meeting. In Latveria, the villain airs his concerns about a world war breaking out and warns that his retaliation would be severe. Doom than suggests that Shellhead fight his Avengers ally, creating a new suit of armor powered by the Asgardian reactor Thor gave to Tony Stark. Iron Man departs….

General Stoykovicz of Slokovia marshals his forces for battle, as American and NATO forces build up in the area and the Russians express their concern. Slokovia also rounds up Thor cultists, using them as a pretext for exterminating natives descended from the Vikings, while concern about the Thor cult becomes an issue in the USA….

Tony tells Pepper Potts that the only chance of preventing a war may be to fight his old friend wearing a new Thorbuster armor powered by the reactor. Meanwhile, a spy in the Stark organization has secretly copied the plans of the Asgardian reactor and sent it through a secret pipeline to Doom himself….

As Thor stands on the battlefield, calling down lightning preparatory to taking on the opposing army, Iron Man swoops down and smashes him in the face. The two go at it hammer and tongs, arguing all the way questions of justice and human evil. The US military, seeing that Stark has failed by letting the fight get personal, orders their tanks in—and Captain America halts them. Then an iron gauntlet and an Uru hammer meet, resulting in an explosion that knocks Cap off his feet….

Story continued in AVENGERS #63.

Story #2

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Penciler: Olivier Coipel. Inker: Andy Lanning. Colorist: Chris Sotomayor.

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Barberoids 1 cover original artwork on ebay

Alan Davis
Robin Riggs
Dave Kemp
Alan Davis (Cover Penciler)
Alan Davis (Cover Inker)
Richard Isanove (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Richard Starkings.
Editor: Tom Brevoort. Editor-in-chief: Joe Quesada.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Balder the Brave)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Doctor Doom
Doctor Doom

(Victor Von Doom)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Pepper Potts
Pepper Potts

(Pepper Hogan)


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