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Invincible Iron Man #510: Review

Nov 2011
Matt Fraction, Salvador Larroca

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Demon part 1: The beast in me

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4 stars

Invincible Iron Man #510 Review by (March 2, 2012)
This is part 1 of the Demon arc, Iron Man's contribution to Shattered Heroes. Blizzard is the 2nd criminal to use the name. The original went all the way back to Tales of Suspense #45. But he was killed off, and Justin Hammer gave Donnie Gill the costume in Iron Man #223. Blizzard eventually joined the Thunderbolts, and was pardoned in Thu#109. But he was a prisoner in the Raft in Thu#156 so presumably he went back to crime. Presumably (again) Mandarin arranged his escape, and now Stane has created the new costume for him. In #513 Mandarin will say that he wants the world to realise that the Abu Dhabi attack was by an Iron Man foe. Presumably this is to direct some of the blame towards Stark. He doesn't say that they may also work out that Stark's repulsor tech was involved, which would be even worse for his reputation. I'm not sure these were real AIM guys, as I don't think AIM would agree to them being booby-trapped.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Invincible Iron Man #510 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
During Fear Itself alcoholic Tony Stark had a drink. Now it's 3 days later and Mandarin is going to use it against him as part of a wider plot to discredit Iron Man (and more?).

But initially his pawn Ezekiel Stane has sent Blizzard (in a radically-new costume) to help destroy the water facilities of Abu Dhabi. The costume's power source is based on Iron Man's repulsor beam technology, and it amplifies his ice-power. But Stane has also put a bomb in Blizzard's heart as an 'incentive'.

Meanwhile Stark is in Svartalfheim with Splitlip the Dark Elf getting rid of the Asgardian weapons they created to fight the Worthy in Fear Itself (except the one Red She-Hulk kept). Splitlip returns to Earth with Tony to join Stark Resilient as an engineer.

But first they both go to an AA meeting, until Stark leaves as Iron Man to foil a hi-tech robbery by AIM. He stops their getaway van, but not before they use a weapon which causes him to crash. These villains are also working for Stane, and they too have bombs, which Stane detonates.

As Stark drives Splitlip home they stop to help a damsel in distress, or at least one with a flat tire. But she turns out to be a process-server who hands him a subpoena for the Iron Man suit's biometric data for the last 30 days, which will reveal that he had been drunk.

Back in Mandarin City in Mongolia Stane reports progress to Mandarin. They discuss some other operatives, and Stane agrees Living Laser is ready for action. And Mandarin shows him the latest edition of the Daily Bugle, which claims Iron Man's crashlanding was because he was drunk.

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)

Plus: Blizzard, Ezekiel Stane, Splitlip, Worthy.

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