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Invincible Iron Man #22: Review

Jan 2010
Matt Fraction, Salvador Larroca

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Stark: Disassembled Part 3 - Is It Safe?

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4 stars

Invincible Iron Man #22 Review by (June 20, 2012)
This is part 3 of Stark Disassembled.

Elizabeth Sooner is a supporting character from the current Thor series.

This issue doesn't say why Ghost doesn't continue his attack after Maria tries to shoot him. Next issue gives an explanation (which doesn't hold much water for me).

We aren't told the cellar is under the school until #23.

I don't know how Cap finds them in the school cellar. Maybe Dr Strange senses them?

Steve Cap still has a shield. It may be a replacement, because Bucky Cap should have the real  one. But it was the real one that got used to conduct Thor's power last issue.

Cap drops Dr Strange off, then just seems to leave. He's not here next issue.

Dr Strange handed over his Sorceror Supreme-ness to Brother Voodoo in New Avengers #53. He's retained a connection to the New Avengers since then, helping rescue Luke Cage from Norman Osborn in NAv#59-60. He was last in Brother Voodoo's mini-series.

I don't know where Black Widow disappears to - she goes to fetch Dr Lisk and never comes back. Steve Cap isn't in next issue either but pops in for the end of #24. BW, Bucky Cap and Thor all take part in various issues of Fall of the Hulks and World War Hulks after this. Then Bucky Cap thinks about recruiting Protector for the Avengers at the end of Dark Av Annual #1, and Thor fights Wolverine in a 3-part digital comic reprinted as a 2nd tale in the Wolverine: Wendigo 1-shot. After that it's Siege for both of them, which Black Widow manages to avoid.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Invincible Iron Man #22 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
Tony Stark wiped his own brain clean to stop Norman Osborn getting access to his repulsor power secrets and the Superhero Registration Database. Also he now needed a repulsor power source to run his body.

A gathering of his allies have followed a recorded plan to reboot him. Dr Lisk and Dr Blake (Thor) have transferred the last working repulsor power source from Pepper Potts' chest to his. They've uploaded an old copy of Tony's brain pattern. And they used Thor's power to kickstart him.

Tony jerked awake briefly, but it didn't last.

But his dreams have changed. He's no longer in the desert, and now has an Iron Man chestplate. But it hurts if he wears it. And he's still with his long-dead parents, whom he doesn't recognise, hiding from mechanical monsters of his own creation.

Thor and the 2 Captain America's leave. Steve Rogers Cap says he's going to get someone who can help. Maria Hill and Black Widow stay to help Dr Lisk look after Tony and Pepper. (We don't see Jim Rhodes after the opening scenes. But it turns out next issue he's still around.)

Pepper wakes up, and learns how the operation went.

Meanwhile Ghost has phased himself down a phone line to kill Stark on orders from Madame Masque. Now he's threatening the hotel owner Elizabeth Sooner to get her to tell him where Stark is. Maria overhears this and tries to shoot Ghost. But he turns invisible, and probably intangible.

Maria and Liz run back to Stark's room. They find Pepper just about ambulatory. They round up Dr Lisk, and go on the run, carrying Stark on a bed sheet, and with Pepper in a wheelchair.

They make it to the storm cellar of the local school, when Cap (Steve Rogers) returns with Dr Strange. (The people there don't know who he is.)

Strange casts a complicated spell to enter Stark's mind, but gets drawn into Tony's dream. The mechanoids have taken Tony's parents. But Strange offers to help him escape.

Preview Pages
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Salvador Larroca
Salvador Larroca
Frank D'Armata
Salvador Larroca (Cover Penciler)
Rian Hughes (Cover Inker)
Frank D'Armata (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Joe Caramagna.
Editor: Ralph Macchio.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Black Widow
Black Widow

(Natasha Romanoff)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Captain America
Captain America

(James "Bucky" Barnes)
Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange

(Stephen Strange)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Pepper Potts
Pepper Potts

(Pepper Hogan)
War Machine
War Machine

(James Rhodes)

Plus: Dr Lisk.

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