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Invincible Iron Man #7: Review

Jun 2006
Charles Knauf, Patrick Zircher

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Execute Program part 1

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4 stars

Invincible Iron Man #7 Review by (February 29, 2012)
Review: The second story arc in the new Extremis-powered Iron Man series is essentially his “black costume saga.” Think about it: hero gets a new outfit by being infected with an outside substance, gains even greater powers, but slowly turns arrogant and violent. Then he discovers that the new outfit is a separate entity not under his control and has to fight against a part of himself. In the end he is freed. The only thing missing is the Extremis armor becoming a new addition to the hero’s rogue’s gallery but then Tony’s problem was solved with a bullet to the right head (see issue #12) making life easier for all. The story is rather a cool one, especially with the all-action final issues. On the other hand, Iron Venom would have been even cooler.

Comments: The movie playing in the theater is OLDBOY, in the original Korean.

Invincible Iron Man #7 Review by (June 18, 2014)
A lot has happened since #6 including:- The IM: The Inevitable limited series. New Avengers #1-20 and Annual #1. The Illuminati sent Hulk to Planet Hulk in their 1-shot. Tony Stark opposed the Superhero Registration Bill in Amazing Spider-Man #529-531, and gave Spidey an armoured costume at the same time. There is confusion as to whether the Illuminati's meeting to discuss the Registration Act occurred back then or after this story arc. Stark takes over Futurepharm here, the company where Maya Hansen developed Extremis. The Avengers who turn up with Captain America are Luke Cage and Spider-Woman (still actually a Skrull replacement). This story occurs after Secret War, when Nick Fury has been dismissed from SHIELD. Fury's appearances in SHIELD around this time have been explained away by saying that most of SHIELD haven't been told this, and this is a Life Model Decoy deployed to maintain the fiction that he's still in place, presumably to boost morale. But surely his right-hand pal Dum-Dum Dugan knows the truth, so why does he treat the LMD in private like the real thing? This Crimson Dynamo is supposedly a random villain who got hold of a version of the armour.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Invincible Iron Man #7 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

In downtown London, a hooded young man stabs a pedestrian who bumps into him, then enters an Internet café. He calls up a list of six names on his laptop, selects the first one, Andrei Gorlovich, and presses "execute." In Bulgaria, Gorlovich scores some drugs and returns home to his prostitute girlfriend who is in need of a fix. Suddenly an armored figure bursts into the house and fires a blast that purees Gorlovich. Later, under questioning by the police, the girlfriend reveals that the killer was "the American Man of Iron…."

In New York, Iron Man is engaged in combat with the Crimson Dynamo, an easy task now that Tony Stark has been bonded to the armor by the Extremis Virus. While beating on his foe he engages in boardroom maneuvers, conducts lab research, and bids in an auction. Iron Man hurls the Dynamo out of the bank and into a construction site where the villain seizes a hostage. Shellhead takes him down with a repulsor blast, causing the villain's heart to stop. Tony applies several shocks until the heart resumes beating. The Avengers then arrive and Captain America voices his disapproval of Iron Man killing his enemy even though he was able to revive him. Iron Man doesn’t care; he jets off to a meeting with Nick Fury aboard the Helicarrier. Before he arrives Dum Dum Dugan expresses concern to Fury about how Tony’s personality has changed since Extremis and he may be out of control. Tony arrives and defends himself to Fury, citing his expanded powers as the reason he can handle all superhero emergencies single-handedly. But Fury questions him about a project called Argonaut, and Tony denies knowing anything about it, even when Fury knows he is lying. Tony returns to his lab where he continues his mystery project involving robot armor and a plan to win the war against crime and evil….

Elsewhere in London, the hooded youth opens his laptop in the seclusion of a movie theater rest room. He selects the second name on his list, Dennis Kellard—and locks on his target as Kellard is boarding a plane in Paris….

Patrick Zircher
Scott Hanna
Antonio Fabela
Adi Granov (Cover Penciler)
Adi Granov (Cover Inker)
Adi Granov (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Joe Caramagna.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Luke Cage
Luke Cage

(Power Man)

(Jessica Drew)

Plus: Crimson Dynamo (Anton Vanko).

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