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Invincible Iron Man #506: Review

Jul 2011
Matt Fraction, Salvador Larroca

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Fear itself part 3: The apostate

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4 stars

Invincible Iron Man #506 Review by (January 23, 2013)
This is the 4th Fear itself tie-in, and now Iron Man gets down to his major role in the story, weapons-maker, despite the fact that he's sworn off such a thing on Earth. The Dwarves call themselves that here, and refer to their home as Nidavellir, classically correct. Dwarves have been around since Journey into Mystery #103, but the name Nidavellir may have first been used by Marvel in Thor #617. Odin calls it Svartalfheim, long known in the Marvel Universe as the home of the Dark Elves. This is not a mistake, as scholars deem these people and places the same. But Marvel's Dark Elves have been depicted as very different from Dwarves.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Invincible Iron Man #506 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
In Fear Itself #4-5 recovering-alcoholic Tony Stark got drunk as a sacrifice to Odin. Odin answered, and Tony asks him for weapons to fight the Serpent and his hammer-wielding Worthy. Odin doesn't think Earth has any chance against the Serpent, but it will do as a holding action.

Odin takes Iron Man to Svartalfheim, and leaves him with a band of Dwarves led  by Splitlip, who made Thor's hammer Mjolnir. Stark has some ideas for weapons, but Splitlip is more interested in the repulsor-powered generator in his chest. Tony tries to give the Dwarves an inspiring speech, but they say it's just keeping them from working on his weapons. (Though they waste even more time arguing with each other.)

In Seattle the Stark Resilient crew view the worldwide events, including the scene Iron Man left in Paris, where Grey Gargoyle/Mokk has turned most of the inhabitants to stone. And many of those statues have been broken. Despite her fear, Pepper Potts puts on the Rescue armour to help where she can.

In a flying Hammer Industries HQ, Justine Hammer can't get through to Detroit Steel (Doug Johnson) in Paris. (Mokk turned him to stone last issue.) She also can't get through to Gen'l Babbage in Washington. (Sin/Skadi's forces attacked the city in FI#3.) So she authorises daughter Sasha and a Detroit Steel Corps squad to go on a rescue mission to Paris.

Rescue arrives in Paris amidst the sea of stone. Her AI JARVIS directs her towards some life signs. However this is the Detroit Steel squad, ready to fire on anything that moves. And Mokk is watching them all.

Back in Svartalfheim Tony Stark tries to help the Dwarves, but in his drunken state he's more of a hindrance. He gets into a fight, and has even managed to pick up some of their runic swearwords. This seems to impress the Dwarves, and everyone has a drink because they work better that way.

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


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Pepper Potts
Pepper Potts

(Pepper Hogan)


Plus: Bethany Cabe, Carson Wyche, Detroit Steel Corps, Justine Hammer, Mrs. Arbogast, Sasha Hammer, Splitlip, Spymaster (Len Pimacher), Tim Cababa, Walter Macken, Worthy.

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