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Invincible Iron Man #26: Review

May 2010
Matt Fraction, Salvador Larroca

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Stark Resilient Part 2: Visionary Men

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4 stars

Invincible Iron Man #26 Review by (August 16, 2012)
Part 2 of 9. It's still part of the Heroic Age according to one of its covers. Maria Hill is presumably angry because she knows that one of the things Tony's reboot has forgotten is that he slept with both her and Pepper Potts during World's Most Wanted. And he's now effectively saying he's do it again. She left last issue to work for Steve Rogers. She may or may not yet have taken up the job of leading the latest Avengers team in Avengers (2010) #1. We won't find why Stark fired Carson Wyche until #31. 12 years ago in Marvel time should be even longer in real time. The Stark Industries logo might mean it's after Tony got his company back from Stark-Fujikawa, after Heroes Reborn. But that's a bit late for 12 years ago Marvel time. The fact that Jim Rhodes remembers Wyche suggests it's the earliest period, before the change to Stark International in #73 of the original run. Rhodey wasn't introduced until #118, but was supposedly there behind the scenes beforehand. In #31 it will turn out that Pepper was Stark's secretary, suggesting it happened before Pepper married Happy Hogan in Tales of Suspense #91. The old Iron Man suits include a battered grey original, which is probably the one he was wearing when Iron Patriot (Norman Osborn) beat him up in #19. Tony's only, gratuitous, appearance in the Iron Man suit this issue is to tear open the packing case holding the grey armour. I don't know why Spymaster burns down the building housing the company he's just 'bought'. All 3 Spymasters have been Iron Man foes, but this last one deliberately targeted Tony Stark effectively as a rich man's hobby. He was the prime mover behind the Iron Man: Inevitable limited series, and during Civil War he caused the death of Pepper Potts' husband Happy Hogan. Now Justine Hammer is paying him loads of money to do what he wants to do anyway.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Invincible Iron Man #26 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
Justine and Sasha Hammer warn some terrorists about the US's Detroit Steel program (showing the same video they used last issue to try to sell the program to the US military), and then sell them ex-HAMMER weapons (that they were buying up last time). They point out that ex-HAMMER means ex-SHIELD, made by Tony Stark, so they'll be top quality. And it will be ironic to use the US's weapons against them.

Maria Hill, back in SHIELD uniform, has come from Steve Rogers to pick up a USB stick from Tony Stark at the new Stark Resilient office in Broxton. The stick contains information that will enable Steve to shut Iron Man down if necessary. Tony is willing to give Steve this, because he knows that he has done things in the past that in retrospect were big mistakes. But he thought they were a good idea at the time, and so he'd do them again.

This also applies to recent things he can't remember, that happened since the brain backup he was restored from in #21. On hearing this Maria storms out, much to Tony's confusion.

12 years ago Stark publicly fired Carson Wyche from Stark Industries, despite the fact that Carson had just invented the iPhone years before it happened in our reality. Since then Wyche has founded a company that makes an electric racing car. Its only problem is battery life. Tony now offers to go into partnership with him, to use Stark's Repulsor tech as the battery.

Tony takes delivery of some old Iron Man suits from Steve Rogers. Wyche decides to join Stark's new endeavour. And their first job is to cannibalise the old Iron Man suits for spare parts.

Spymaster blackmails an inventive genius into signing over his company. Later, after he's burned the building down, Justine Hammer hires him to infiltrate Stark Resilient, and destroy it from within.

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


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Pepper Potts
Pepper Potts

(Pepper Hogan)
War Machine
War Machine

(James Rhodes)

Plus: Carson Wyche, Justine Hammer, Sasha Hammer, Spymaster (Sinclair Abbot).

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