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Invincible Iron Man #69: Review

Aug 2003
Robin Laws, Michael Ryan

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Manhunt: Part Five

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3 stars

Invincible Iron Man #69 Review by (February 20, 2021)
Comments: Iron Man previously fought Temugin in issues #53-55; it didn’t go well.

Review: So everything is sorted out and the bad guy is revealed to be a good guy—or at least a neutral guy. We learn that Temugin wants to remake the world as did the Mandarin but he prefers non-violent methods. And it’s nice that this revelation follows the epic fight scene that is the highlight of the issue. When the two last clashed (issue #55) Temugin took Shellhead to pieces with just his martial arts proficiency; here he also has the ten rings which puts Tony in more of a bind. Mike Grell found a great way to raise the stakes and a brilliant way to conclude it. Anyway, Tony is exonerated, Happy is better, Tony and Pepper reconcile, and Rumiko is miffed about something again, I forget what. Let’s see what happens next!


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Invincible Iron Man #69 Synopsis by Julio Molina-Muscara
Iron Man is not fully prepared to fight Temugin... and thus he falls to the Mandarin's son, whose might is mostly granted by the ten rings of power. But when Tony Stark asks Temugin the reason for attacking the Chinese Embassy, Temugin denies implications and discovers that his right-hand man, Po, was behind it all. Po stabs Temugin in the back, and before other Temugin men can kill Po, Iron Man grabs him, and flies him to the ruins of the Chinese Embassy in Washington D.C.

After explaining that killing people isn't bad since human lives are immaterial, Po shows a detonator wired to his chest which he is to use to blow the South Korean consulate in New York, and fulfill the Mandarin's dream. But Iron Man disabled it. And after hitting Po, he falls to his knees pray to his wounds. 

The F.B.I. and S.H.I.E.L.D. question the Temugin men involved in the attacks, and clean Tony Stark's name from the whole incident. Agent Niel Streich hands Tony the failsafe, and explains that he pushed Pepper Potts to deliver it. 

Finally, Tony meets with Happy Hogan and Pepper, and the three of them seem to be at goods again. But Tony is not with Rumiko Fujikawa, who takes off since Tony ignored her all along, and never was the reason of his worries.

Epilogue: Tony meets with Temugin who presents his respects at the ruins of the embassy. Temugin tells Tony that he will seek his death no longer, yet somehow states that he will attack Tony again. Tony decides it's not the time or place to act, and lets Temugin go.

Preview Pages
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Michael Ryan
Rich Perrotta
Avalon Studios
Letterer: Randy Gentile.
Editor: Tom Brevoort.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Pepper Potts
Pepper Potts

(Pepper Hogan)

Plus: Rumiko Fujikawa, Temugin.

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