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Invincible Iron Man #28: Review

Jul 2010
Matt Fraction, Salvador Larroca

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Stark Resilient Part 4: Grand Mal Tokyo Moron Party

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4 stars

Invincible Iron Man #28 Review by (August 22, 2012)
Since when does Iron Man have to clear his actions with SHIELD beforehand? In a more realistic world that might be reasonable, but I don't think it's ever been true in the Marvel universe. The 3 would-be employees are presumably the young geniuses Mrs Arbogast told Tony about last issue. Triumph Division isn't a company, it's a superhero group in the Philippines. They were killed by Ezekiel Stane's terrorists in #2, but their successors appeared in #4. One of these interviewees is really Spymaster (from last issue) in disguise. It won't be until #516 that we find out that it's Len Pimacher. So is there a real genius Pimacher who Wyche knew? And has Spymaster taken his place? (He wasn't the guy Spymaster blackmailed last issue.)

Part 4 of 9. The series has now dropped the Heroic Age banner, in line with other titles. We now discover that Maria Hill does both of her jobs (Director of SHIELD and leader of the adjectiveless Avengers team) from Avengers Tower. This issue lets us know that after his little rebellion against HAMMER in #19, Chris Walsh has been reinstated as a SHIELD agent, with what looks like a promotion. He will pop up once more in #33. Tony Stark created the Capekiller armour during Civil War for SHIELD agents to use against superhuman foes. It continued in use through World War Hulk and Secret Invasion. For some reason Norman Osborn discontinued it during Dark Reign. I too can't remember Tony meeting Justine Hammer before. Maybe my brain has been restored from a backup too. Tony is supposed to have lost all his memories since Extremis. But here he seems to suggest that he's only missing bits, which should be impossible. I.e. he seems to actually (but vaguely) remember Sasha from Five Nightmares. Not just from photos/videos he's studied of the affair.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Invincible Iron Man #28 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
In Avengers Tower Maria Hill, reinstated as Director of the reformed SHIELD, surveys a trouble-free(!) map of the world, until it signals a problem in Tokyo. She goes down to the Ops Centre where Christopher Walsh informs her about a terrorist attack in the Tokyo subway. And about an armoured figure that has intervened. But it's not Iron Man or War Machine, because they've reported in as on the way there.

Hill recognises that the terrorists are using SHIELD Capekiller armour. They then see Justine and Sasha Hammer giving the press conference at the end of last issue, introducing their employee Detroit Steel who has just ended the threat.

Iron Man and War Machine turn up to find it's all over bar the photo-ops. Justine explains that Hammer Industries and Detroit Steel are taking up the slack now that Tony Stark has dropped out of weapons manufacturing. And her daughter Sasha shows Tony that the dead terrorists are wearing armour made by Stark Industries.

Justine claims to have met Tony before, but he can't remember her. On the other hand Sasha rings a bell.

At Stark Resilient HQ Mrs Arbogast is watching the press conference on her computer, while 3 hopefuls wait to be interviewed by Tony Stark. While Pepper Potts is undergoing surgery to give her a new Repulsor-powered chest implant, Mrs Arbogast is in charge of recruitment. And just now she's in charge of keeping these guys hanging around until Stark gets back from Tokyo.

But Iron Man and War Machine are having a meeting with Maria Hill, who tells them off for diving in without consulting SHIELD first. She reviews the situation, with extra information that someone remotely switched off the terrorists' armament before Detroit Steel went in.

Tony asks Maria why she always seems angry with him these days, beyond what is reasonable. Did something happen in the period he can't remember because his brain's been reloaded from an old backup? But she's not going to tell him that they had sex.

Tony has forgotten all about the scheduled interviews. They've been waiting since breakfast, and by the time he turns up they're on dinner.

Walter Macken was downsized from running a car factory, started a little TV repair shop, and wound up organising a local barter economy.

Tim Cababa works as an engineer for Triumph Division in the Philippines. Since their recent disaster they've gone maintenance-only, and he's looking for something more cutting-edge.

We don't learn what Len Pimacher does, but we do learn that Carson Wyche (who Tony recruited as a partner in #26) and he know each other.

Stark asks them all to join him in developing an electric car to run on Repulsor batteries. Pimacher asks why they aren't using Wyche's electric car company to do the job. Wyche says that Stark Resilient can't afford to pay anybody yet. So they're looking for people who'll take the gamble for future rewards.

Stark also tells them they'll have 6 weeks to build the prototype to be unveiled at an upcoming expo.

Later Jim Rhodes and Tony are scanning CCTV footage of Ezekiel Stane's escape from a Taiwan hospital (in #3). And they see Sasha Hammer helping him.

And Pepper is successfully recovering from her surgery.

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


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Pepper Potts
Pepper Potts

(Pepper Hogan)
War Machine
War Machine

(James Rhodes)

Plus: Carson Wyche, Christopher Walsh, Detroit Steel, Justine Hammer, Mrs. Arbogast, Sasha Hammer, Spymaster (Len Pimacher), Tim Cababa, Walter Macken.

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