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Invincible Iron Man #9: Review

Oct 1998
Kurt Busiek, Sean Chen

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Story Name:

Field of Honor

Review & Comments

4 stars

Invincible Iron Man #9 Review by (November 5, 2019)
Comments: Cover: “Revenge of the Mandarin Part one of two.” Eric Cannon and Sean Parsons are credited with inking.

Review: Tony takes an epic beating in this issue, first from a bunch of generic baddies and then by himself, forcing himself to suit up and chase the Mandarin. And then he’s beaten up by the Mandarin. That’s what we like in a hero: consistency. Well, he’s got one more issue in which to recover and win. The scenes with Mandarin’s dragon ship are truly epic and the Avengers and Winter Guard are going to show up so it’s good, if not for Tony.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Invincible Iron Man #9 Synopsis by T Vernon
Black Widow crouches over the dying Tony Stark after his beating at the hands of hired thugs. She uses her stings to shock his heart into beating again. He asks for his armor and, despite her insistence he needs a hospital, she dives for his briefcase and retrieves it; again she warns him but he insists on suiting up to go after his enemy himself. As the seriously injured man flies erratically over the Paris skies, he reviews his history with the Mandarin (for the benefit of latecomers), having to switch on autopilot to sleep….

In New York, Rhodey is helping Happy Hogan and Pepper Potts clear out the bugs put in by corporate spy Doreen when Natasha calls and fills them in on Tony’s condition. Nat next calls the Avengers and Vision is cold to her (surprising Scarlet Witch, Firestar, and Justice) but he promises to send all available Avengers to the spot indicated by Iron Man’s locator chips….

Iron Man awakens in Russia’s Ural Mountains to see a war going on: assault vehicles manned by mercenaries are battling the Russian army led by the Winter Guard, Russia’s superhero team, consisting of Steel Guardian (formerly Red Guardian), Vanguard, Sibercat, Darkstar, Vostok, Fantasma, and Powersurge (formerly Surge). Shellhead talks to the heroes, informing them that the Mandarin is behind this current skirmish and they respond that they can’t spare anyone to help him, so he continues on his quest. And then above the clouds the Armored Avenger sees a massive flying battle station, shaped like a mile-long dragon. It fires on IM and he fires back but he is weakened and in way over his head—and then the dragon swallows him. He walks though the darkened interior until he comes face-to-face with the Mandarin, who unleashes several attacks—explosive, electrical, pressure, and finally confining cables—and Iron Man is overcome. The Mandarin notes “I had expected this to be more difficult….”

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Sean Chen
Eric Cannon
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)
James Rhodes
James Rhodes

Pepper Potts
Pepper Potts

(Pepper Hogan)
Scarlet Witch
Scarlet Witch

(Wanda Maximoff)

Plus: Fantasma, Firestar (Angel Jones), Justice (Vance Astrovik), Powersurge, Sibercat, Steel Guardian, Vanguard, Vostok.

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