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Invincible Iron Man #525: Review

Sep 2012
Matt Fraction, Salvador Larroca

Story Name:

The future 5: Beating down the transhuman condition

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

Invincible Iron Man #525 Review by (September 30, 2012)
The solicitation for this issue in Marvel Previews and marvel.com refers to Shang-Chi. It's obviously the wrong blurb, but I can't figure our what comic it belongs to. Tony Stark and all Mandarin's villain army had remote-triggered bombs implanted in their chests. We learnt last issue that Stark had neutralised the bombs. Now we hear that there were bombs in their costumes too. But these have also been switched off. Triumph Division and Dynasty were both invented and only used in this title. China's Dynasty (Revolutionary, Saber, Soldier One, Star and Weather Witch) only appeared in #513. Iron Man helped them protect the Three Gorges Dam from Mandarin's Dreadnoughts. Philippines' Triumph Division (Anitun, Fighter One, Great Mongoose, Mighty Mother, Red Feather, St George and Wishing Man) were killed in #2 (before the great renumbering). But in #4 their children succeeded them (apparently 1 each, with the same names and costumes). Also Tim Cababa of Stark Resilient used to work for them in a technical capacity. Mandarin's plan with the Titanomechs and the giant drill ties in to the future seen in #500. It will possibly become clearer next issue.




 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Invincible Iron Man #525 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
Tony Stark has been working for Mandarin under duress, along with many supervillains. But he has recruited Ezekiel Stane, Blizzard, Living Laser and Whirlwind into a revolution. He's secretly upgraded their battle suits, and built himself a new suit of armour (as good as he can make it under the circumstances).

They are now facing all the villains who didn't join them, in civilian dress. Iron Man urges his compatriots to defeat their unarmed enemies non-lethally. Mandarin's soldiers attempt to implement counter-measures,  but find that none of their systems work. Mandarin loses his cool, in front of (probably) his daughter Sasha Hammer, and goes to deal with things personally.

After subduing their foes, the 5 split up. Blizzard, Laser and Whirlwind go to the armoury to destroy the other villains' super-suits (previously upgraded by Ezekiel Stane with Stane and Stark tech). Stane is to destroy a giant drill that is important to Mandarin. Iron Man will seek out Mandarin himself, and the 3 Titanomechs Stark has built so far, housing 3 of the alien entities from Mandarin's rings.
James
In #523 Pepper Potts worked out that  James Rhodes isn't dead, but is the occupant of the replacement Iron Man suit. She and Bethany Cabe visit Jim's mum in the Navajo Nation. (She's not Native American, but she's been there since War Machine (2009) #6.) Pepper leaves a message for him, even though Mrs Rhodes still maintains he's dead. It turns out he's living there. The message invites him to a meeting on a boat.

The 3 villains gleefully slag the collection of supervillain costumes. Mandarin's guards try to kill them by triggering explosive self-destructs in the targets, but this has been disabled just like Mandarin's other precautions.

Iron Man faces the 3 Titanomechs. They seems to have inherited the abilities of their respective rings. The one called Spin has super-speed and catches IM off guard with a fast side-swipe from a tentacle. Remaker (matter rearranger) seems to have the disintegration beam that Spectral used to have.

Tony isn't doing too well, and calls for help. Zeke's only just penetrated the drill, and is now facing Mandarin. When Iron Man joins him, with the Titanomechs in pursuit.

Pepper and Bethany are holding the meeting on the boat in international waters. Rhodey hasn't arrived yet, but 2 teams that Iron Man recently helped are there:- Triumph Division from the Phillipines and China's The Dynasty. Last issue Resilient's Swarm nanobots located Stark in Mandarin City. But the US government wouldn't allow Pepper to send anyone after him. So now she's recruiting people for an unauthorised rescue.

It's Stark and Stane vs Mandarin. Mandarin has Stane at his mercy, but Iron Man distracts him by pushing a big button on the drill's control panel. The drill shoots a large destructive beam into the ground. And Mandarin claims it's going to blast Earth's core.



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

Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Pepper Potts
Pepper Potts

(Pepper Hogan)
War Machine
War Machine

(James Rhodes)

Plus: Anitun, Bethany Cabe, Blizzard, Ezekiel Stane, Fighter One, Great Mongoose, Mighty Mother, Red Feather, Revolutionary, Roberta Rhodes, Saber, Sasha Hammer, Soldier One, St George, Star, Weather Witch, Whirlwind, Wishing Man.

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