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Invincible Iron Man #33: Review

Dec 2010
Matt Fraction, Salvador Larroca

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Stark Resilient Part 9: The Man in the Box

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4 stars

Invincible Iron Man #33 Review by (September 7, 2012)
Conclusion to the 9-part Stark Resilient. This issue admits that Stark Resilient isn't the first time Tony Stark has quit the arms business. When Maria Hill kills the cellphone network, this allows Pepper Potts' repulsor battery to be restarted, saving her life. It isn't clear who actually does the restart. Ans last issue I expressed doubt whether her prolonged shutdown was actually necessary. Iron Man doesn't really do anything in this battle except provide the footage for the promo video for the Stark Resilient repulsor-powered electric car. It's Hill's show all the way. Maria also gets Jim Rhodes attached to the military as War Machine, so he keep an eye on Gen'l Babbage and Detroit Steel. Justine Hammer gets Babbage to transfer Zeke Stane from Guantanamo Bay to another facility with a military codename. Does Babbage know that Michael Charlie One is Mandarin City? Ezekiel Stane was last seen as the main villain in The Five Nightmares in #1-6. Iron Man's nemesis Mandarin's last main outing was as the prime villain behind Iron Man: Director of SHIELD #15-28, with time off for World War Hulk in #19-20, although sometimes behind the scenes or under an alias. Now this issue, Annual #1 and #500 are setting him up as the mastermind behind all Iron Man's current troubles. He will come to the fore in the 2012 cover-dated issues starting from #510. Next:- Iron Man probably features in Avengers #7-12 here, before coming back for the renumbered #500. (And War Machine is already a part-time Secret Avenger.)


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Invincible Iron Man #33 Synopsis by Julio Molina-Muscara
Tony Stark is chased in his Resilient car through Seattle by Detroit Steel and Hammer Murderdrones commanded by kids using their cellphones, thinking they're playing a video game. Maria Hill aids Tony by killing the cellular signal, causing the Murderdones to go down, and threatens General Babbage who then orders Mrs. Hammer to pull back Detroit Steel, who was to blast Tony out of existence. The press is told that both Tony and Detroit Steel joined forces to stop an attack from Al-Qaida. 

Soon after, Mrs. Hammer gets Babbage to free an inmate from the Guantanamo prison. He's no other than Ezekiel Stane. Along with Mrs. Hammer and her daughter, who is Stane's girlfriend, we learn that the father is no other than an old enemy of Stark: the Mandarin.

Finally, Stark launches a commercial about his electric Resilient car, ran by Repulsor Technology, the best in its class by far, to get back into business, get his empire back.

Story #2

Good Morning, Tony

Writer: Matt Fraction. Penciler: Jamie McKelvie. Inker: Jamie McKelvie. Colorist: Matthew Wilson. Editor: Steve Wacker.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

A day in the life of Tony Stark.

The sensors of his built-in armour tell him a lot about what's going on around him. At work, or fighting the Brothers Grimm with fellow Avenger Spider-Woman, or on a date and what follows.

Salvador Larroca
Frank D'Armata
Letterer: Joe Caramagna.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)

(Jessica Drew)

Plus: Brothers Grimm, Detroit Steel, Ezekiel Stane.

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