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Invincible Iron Man #15: Review

Jul 2009
Matt Fraction, Salvador Larroca

Story Name:

World's Most Wanted Part 8: The Danger We're All In

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Rating:
4 stars

Invincible Iron Man #15 Review by (May 30, 2012)
Part 8 of 12, and Tony's still on the run.

In #23 Pepper Potts will say she and Tony made love here. The conversation here suggests that they didn't sleep together before Pepper wakes up naked in bed. (Mind you it also only suggests my explanation that Tony put her to bed.) It is more likely that sex happens after they start talking intimately.

Maria Hill goes to Black Widow to find Bucky Barnes because she has been his partner and more in recent issues of Captain America.

The HAMMER gliding suits are based on Jim Steranko's original design on the splash page of the SHIELD story in Strange Tales #166.

I think it's worth going into some more detail here about the relationship between Tony Stark and Madame Masque.

Madame Masque started life in the Iron Man half of Tales of Suspense #97 as Whitney Frost, secretly head of the Maggia. She became Madame Masque in Iron Man (original series) #17 after her face was scarred in an accident. It was only after this, when Tony showed compassion for her, that she started to fall in love with him.

In IM#91 she returned in disguise as Tony's new secretary Krissy Longfellow. But it wasn't until he found out who she really was that they started an affair in #104. This lasted until #114 But then in #115 she turned villain again to try to save the life of her dying father Count Nefaria. And in #116 she left Tony when her father died (but not of course permanently) during the battle.

She actually next turned up in Avengers (1998) #32-34. She had been in paranoid seclusion, sending agents, including bioduplicates of herself, to do her work. Any appearances in the interim were these duplicates, most significantly in the Crossing crossover that I have already synopsised.

Whitney had a distorted view of IM#115-116, where she believed Tony had killed her father and rejected her love. However at the end of #34 Tony and Whitney parted on better terms.

But things must have got twisted up in her mind again, and it is that rejection which is fueling her rage now, causing her to claim that he never loved her, and that he had lied when he told her her scarred face didn't matter.

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


Part 8 of 12, and Tony's still on the run. In #23 Pepper Potts will say she and Tony made love here. The conversation here suggests that they didn't sleep together before Pepper wakes up naked in bed. (Mind you it also only suggests my explanation that Tony put her to bed.) It is more likely that sex happens after they start talking intimately. Maria Hill goes to Black Widow to find Bucky Barnes because she has been his partner and more in recent issues of Captain America. The HAMMER gliding suits are based on Jim Steranko's original design on the splash page of the SHIELD story in Strange Tales #166.



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Invincible Iron Man #15 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
We rejoin Tony Stark (in Crimson Dynamo armour) and Pepper Potts (in Rescue armour) in Kirensk. Tony is about to blow Pepper's head off, but his deteriorating brain recognises who she is in time. He apologises profusely, and kisses her.

Meanwhile Madame Masque has them in the sights of her sniper rifle. Norman Osborn sent her after Stark. But her conflicted feelings for him prevent her from shooting him. She tells herself she's going to kill Pepper first.

Osborn calls Masque to ask for a progress report. But she throws her communicator away.

Back in New York Maria Hill is confronting Black Widow in her civilian guise. She wants Natasha to put her in touch with Bucky Barnes, the current Captain America. She wants to give him a hard drive from Iron Man.

But Natasha doesn't know whether to trust Maria. She is wanted for blowing up a factory in Texas. Which was where Tony sent her to get the drive, and which we know from #12-13 was deserted and being used as a base by the Controller.

Natasha leaves, but Maria won't give up. What follows is a rooftop chase as Hill desperately tries to keep up with the more agile Widow. After they crash together onto a car, the chase continues on foot.

But now they are joined by gliding HAMMER agents, who trap Hill on the ground. Widow is back on a roof. Maria tells her to shoot the harddrive before HAMMER gets it.

Instead Natasha rescues her with a Widow-line, and they go on the run together. Natasha is beginning to believe her.

Pepper wakes up in Stark's lab beneath the Tunguska crater, (possibly) naked in bed, because she was exhausted and Tony removed her armour. Tony is leaving notes for himself because his ongoing brainwipe (to destroy the only remaining copy of the Superhuman Registration Database to keep it out of Osborn's hands) is making him forget things.

Sensing time is running out, Pepper thanks Tony for everything he's done for Jim Rhodes (War Machine), herself and her deceased husband Happy Hogan. But Tony's forgotten who Happy was.

Later Tony returns from chopping wood to find someone's cut a hole in the door to his lair. Inside he finds Madame Masque holding Pepper prisoner. Tony begs Whitney to let Pepper go. But Masque tortures her with an electric cable attached to the power source embedded in Pepper's chest.

After more pleading by Tony, Whitney Frost says she wants revenge on Tony for what he did to her. But she takes off her mask and says she'll let them both go if Tony can truthfully say he finds her disfigured face beautiful.


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Salvador Larroca
Salvador Larroca
Frank D'Armata
Salvador Larroca (Cover Penciler)
Salvador Larroca (Cover Inker)
Letterer: Joe Caramagna.
Editor: Warren Simons.

Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Black Widow
Black Widow

(Natasha Romanoff)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Pepper Potts
Pepper Potts

(Pepper Hogan)

Plus: H.A.M.M.E.R., Norman Osborn, War Machine (James Rhodes), Whitney Frost.