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Invincible Iron Man #11: Review

Mar 2009
Matt Fraction, Salvador Larroca

Story Name:

World's Most Wanted Part 4: Breach

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

Invincible Iron Man #11 Review by (May 23, 2012)
This is part 4 of the 12-issue story which explains why Iron Man didn't play a bigger role in Dark Reign.

Jarvis is of course also the name of the butler Tony Stark gave to the Avengers along with his town house for their HQ.
JARVIS says the armour designation 1616 doesn't mean Tony has built over 1600 different armours. I figure since P is the 16th letter of the alphabet 1616 just indicates P(epper)P(otts).
Pepper's chest implant was given to her in #3 to help her recover from injuries in #2. Tony says here that it is repulsor-powered. But he said in #4 that it was Rand technology, not Stark-tech. And I assumed that was why it survived the Secret Invasion computer virus.

FuturePharm is where the Extremis virus was developed in Iron Man (2005) #1, and where he infected himself with it in #4.

The villain Maria Hill has discovered there is the Controller, who siphons power from his victims' brains. He debuted way back in #12 of the original Iron Man series. He split the succeeding time about equally between fighting Iron Man and fighting everybody else. he was last seen in the breakout from the Raft in the 1st few issues of the 1st New Avengers series and the Spider-Man: Breakout mini-series.

As well as Tony's friend and AA sponsor, Henry Hellrung was also recently Anthem, leader of The Order who last cameoed in Avengers Initiative #18 during Secret Invasion. He'll be back with his team in Fear Itself: Youth In Revolt.
It sounds as if Tony has brought HAMMER down on Henry's head. I prefer to believe that Tony figured HAMMER would be after Henry as one of his known associates anyway. But he advises Henry to tell Osborn everything, which means his disguise won't be any use any more.

The old Iron Man armour isn't as easy to track by others. Rhodey's Stark-tech armour has built-in advantages in that respect.
Iron Man: Director of SHIELD #33 says War Machine's armour wasn't affected by the Skrull computer virus because Stark deliberately built it from Stane-tech in case of just such a problem with Stark-tech.
Rhodey effectively resigned from the Avengers Initiative in Av:I#16 as he flew off to IM:DoS#33. But he wouldn't be welcomed back now Norman Osborn has taken over anyway.
The Official Iron Man Index says this issue happens after Rhodey's tale in the post-Secret Invasion Dark Reign: New Nation, but before the 2nd War Machine series that it was a prequel to.

Sub-Mariner is part of the Cabal formed by Osborn at the end of Secret Invasion in SI: Dark Reign. Since then in Incredible Hercules #121-123 he and the Atlanteans have fought a war against the Amazons. And then he was last seen in Agents of Atlas (2009) #6-7, where the Agents try to turn him against the Cabal.

***** The rest of the comments after this are an old copy of parts of this comment.

This is part 4 of the 12-issue story which explains why Iron Man didn't play a bigger role in Dark Reign.

Jarvis is of course also the name of the butler Tony Stark gave to the Avengers along with his town house for their HQ.
JARVIS says the armour designation 1616 doesn't mean Tony has built over 1600 different armours. I figure since P is the 16th letter of the alphabet 1616 just indicates P(epper)P(otts).
Pepper's chest implant was given to her in #3 to help her recover from injuries in #2. Tony says here that it is repulsor-powered. But he said in #4 that it was Rand technology, not Stark-tech. And I assumed that was why it survived the Secret Invasion computer virus.

FuturePharm is where the Extremis virus was developed in Iron Man (2005) #1, and where he infected himself with it in #4.

The villain Maria Hill has discovered there is the Controller, who siphons power from his victims' brains. He debuted way back in #12 of the original Iron Man series. He split the succeeding time about equally between fighting Iron Man and fighting everybody else. he was last seen in the breakout from the Raft in the 1st few issues of the 1st New Avengers series and the Spider-Man: Breakout mini-series.



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Invincible Iron Man #11 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
Pepper Potts is wearing the Iron Man suit Tony Stark left for her. It includes an onboard computer presence called JARVIS, which tells her the suit is designated 1616, and has been designed specifically for her. It is powered by the implant in her chest. JARVIS is also there to train her in the use of the suit.

Maria Hill breaks into the Stark Industries subsidiary FuturePharm in Austin, Texas looking for the harddrive Tony sent her for. But she finds it deserted except for someone hooked up to pods containing missing children.

Tony has disguised himself as an African-American, and has gone to Los Angeles to visit his friend Henry Hellrung. Henry has just finished leading a prayer meeting. He was Tony's sponsor in Alcoholics Anonymous. Tony apologises for endangering him by coming here. He has left a very generous donation. Before he leaves he warns Henry that Norman Osborn's HAMMER troops will be paying him a visit. And they do.

We see a flashback to a meeting between Tony, Pepper, Maria, Henry and James Rhodes/War Machine, soon after Stark took the job as Director of SHIELD after Civil War. Tony has set up an email account for their combined use, to be used when all other means of communication are suspect. It should only be used from public terminals. They should all make a habit of checking it every day.

No-one should ever use it to actually send an email. Instead send a blank email to a garbage address, that will be bounced back to the account. The address should start with your initial, and end with the initial of the person you want to contact. Each pair of people will set up an agreed meeting place, and they will meet there 24 hours after the 'message' is sent.

After his interrogation by HAMMER, Hellrung uses this system to meet Rhodey. War Machine then tracks down Tony, which is relatively easy since Stark is no longer using the compromised up-to-date Extremis armour.

Rhodey (like Henry before him) tries to talk Tony into surrendering to Osborn. They both figure that Stark would be safe in custody, but would be killed as a fugitive. But Tony knows Osborn is a dangerous lunatic who won't follow such logic.

Tony wants Rhodey free to act, and not be arrested as Stark's friend. So he suggests they fight to make it look like War Machine is trying to capture Iron Man. HAMMER detects the battle in the skies.

Iron Man orchestrates the battle so that his suit is crippled and he falls into the ocean. But he makes sure to breach War Machine's armour so that Rhodey can't follow him. But Osborn contacts Sub-Mariner and asks him to find Iron Man and kill him.


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Salvador Larroca
Salvador Larroca
Frank D'Armata
Salvador Larroca (Cover Penciler)
Salvador Larroca (Cover Inker)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Pepper Potts
Pepper Potts

(Pepper Hogan)

Plus: Anthem (Henry Hellrung), Controller, H.A.M.M.E.R., Ms. Hand, Norman Osborn, War Machine (James Rhodes).