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Invincible Iron Man #13: Review

Dec 2006
Daniel Knauf, Patrick Zircher

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4 stars

Invincible Iron Man #13 Review by (August 24, 2014)
The Official Index entangles this issue with Civil War #4&5 and many other issues. The Marvel Continuity Project makes it clearer and divides the issue into 2 parts. The 1st part ends with the Najeeb interlude, and lies within CW#4 between the battle and funeral of Goliath on the 1 hand and the employment of villains recruited by Thunderbolts on the other. The 2nd half (the meeting with Sal and Maya, and Spymaster's attack on Happy) occurs within CW#5 after the fight with Spider-Man. (This separation requires them to ignore that Happy was getting ready for his visit to the opera while Stark was meeting Kooning.) Iron Man will make other appearances in this gap including Amazing Spider-Man #534-536, Fantastic Four #539-540 and several stories in CW: Front Line.

We never learn what the Dreadnought was doing. (They're usually employed by organisations like Hydra and AIM.) Najeeb's henchman will be named as Darius Faraz in #16. In #15 we will learn that they are searching for Mandarin. It is obvious then that the '2nd of 10' Faraz has found are Mandarin's Rings. Mandarin was thought dead after IM (1998) #10. His Rings were later used by his son Temugin, who still had them in a brief appearance in the last issue of that series. Mandarin will be found alive and given the Rings back in flashbacks before #15 of 'this' series. Strangely Temugin will still have the Rings in the MODOK's 11 mini-series published later than that, but may lose them at the end (he doesn't have them in his subsequent appearance in Agents of Atlas). This is the Spymaster from the IM: Inevitable limited series. We don't see what happens to him after this, and he disappears out of this plot. Which is strange because Najeeb appears to tell Faraz to hire Spymaster to help him with his search for Mandarin and the Rings, not go after Stark. Spymaster will resurface in IM (2008) #26.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Invincible Iron Man #13 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
Tony Stark is recording a Public Service Announcement about the Superhero Registration Act, watched by bodyguard Happy Hogan and secretary Mrs Rennie. But he's simultaneously remote-controlling an Iron Man armour to help Doc Samson, She-Hulk and Spider-Man take down a Dreadnought.

Secretary of Defence Jack Kooning wants Stark to be Director of SHIELD, but Tony refuses. Kooning presses him, reminding him how he covered up the affair in #7-12 where the Iron Man armour was taken over and used to kill people.

In Stockholm Karim Mahwash Najeeb, terrorist turned peace advocate and 1 of the targets of that plot, takes a call from a man in Bangkok who says he's found the 2nd of 10. He's also trying to find someone who is being held by people who are not afraid to kill. They decide to hire Spymaster.

Tony goes to see Sal Kennedy and his guest Maya Hansen to talk over what's happening. Sal detects that Stark isn't half as sure the Registration Act is right as he makes out. But he needs to be very sure to do what's necessary to see it through.

Dejected Tony is flicking through TV channels (including a report on the upcoming trial of Speedball) when Sal contacts Mrs Rennie to say he's concerned. Mrs R sends Happy to cheer Stark up. Tony gives him the justification for his actions - the Registration Act was inevitable, so it's better that he takes control than some government bureaucrat.

Happy is due for a night at the opera with wife Pepper for their wedding anniversary. But the chauffeur who drives him to Stark's private plane is actually Spymaster. The villain attacks him, then uses him as bait to lure Tony there. But Happy recovers and beats Spymaster up, until the baddie kicks him off a gantry. But Happy takes Spymaster down with him, and they both crash to the concrete floor.

And Pepper's waiting at the opera.

Story #2


Inker: Scott Hanna. Colorist: Guru-eFX.

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Patrick Zircher
Scott Hanna
Adi Granov (Cover Penciler)
Adi Granov (Cover Inker)
Adi Granov (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Joe Caramagna.
Editor: Tom Brevoort.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Doc Samson
Doc Samson

(Leonard Samson)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Pepper Potts
Pepper Potts

(Pepper Hogan)

(Jennifer Walters)

(Peter Parker)

Plus: Darius Faraz, Dreadnoughts, Karim Mahwash Najeeb, Maya Hansen, Mrs. Rennie, Sal Kennedy, Senator Kooning, Spymaster (Sinclair Abbot).

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