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Invincible Iron Man #85: Review

Aug 2004
John Jackson Miller, Jorge Lucas

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4 stars

Invincible Iron Man #85 Review by (May 28, 2021)
Comments: Issue bannered “Avengers Disassembled Prologue” on cover. Final appearance of Arsenal Alpha to date (2021). D-Day was June 6, 1944 and is commemorated annually; President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Senator Robert F. Kennedy are invoked.

Review: Not a whole lot of disassembling going on, except by Arsenal who gives as good as he gets. So other than that, Tony’s dilemma actually seems to get better, as Stu Conrad gives him some advice on how to work on that. He’s forced to resign in the next issues, which are the famed story arc “Avengers Disassembled.” More on that in its time.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Invincible Iron Man #85 Synopsis by T Vernon
At the Pentagon, Tony Stark’s sudden silence worries the Senate/military team though Senator Zimmer suspects Stark of some sneaky scheme….

Vision arrives outside Avengers Mansion to find the public in turmoil: the jamming signal sent out by Henry Peter Gyrich not only blocked the Pentagon’s line but the electronics of every person in a large radius. He enters the Mansion grounds to find his teammates (Falcon, Wasp, Ant-Man, Black Panther and of course Iron Man) in battle with the giant robot called Arsenal Alpha. The action is chaotic and fails to slow the monster down, while Henry Peter Gyrich accuses Iron Man of having deliberately activated it. The heroes are taking a beating until Warbird arrives to blast Arsenal. While Warbird’s SWAT team tries to wrap the monster up, it revives and starts shooting again. A messenger arrives with papers from the Pentagon which explains why everything went off the rails: A constant broadcast from the Institute of Standards Time Clock was kept Arsenal immobile; the sudden jamming of that signal was the trigger for it to arise and go on its path of destruction. So, while Iron Man occupies Arsenal, Warbird smashes the dish jamming the signal and the giant robot goes immobile again. Gyrich taunts Tony over the conflict between his dual offices and heads off to try to negotiate a deal with the trash collectors’ union….

At a D-Day memorial, Tony Stark makes a speech on the nations of the world joining together in the name of peace. After the meeting he talks with Stu Conrad about the conflict between his two roles: Iron Man and Secretary of Defense, despairing over not getting any real work done. Stu congratulates him: he is now a politician which should humble him, and Stu recommends he grow a little armor to be able to ignore attacks….

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Jorge Lucas
Steve Epting
Antonio Fabela
Steve Epting (Cover Penciler)
Laura Martin (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Randy Gentile.
Editor: Tom Brevoort. Editor-in-chief: Joe Quesada.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Scott Lang)
Black Panther
Black Panther


(Sam Wilson)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)

(Edwin Jarvis)

(Janet Van Dyne)

Plus: Warbird (Carol Danvers).

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