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Invincible Iron Man #14: Review

Oct 2016
Brian Michael Bendis, Mike Deodato Jr.

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4 stars

Invincible Iron Man #14 Review by (October 8, 2016)
This issue doesn't say what happened between Tony and Victor Von Doom after the end of last issue. And the previously page is non-committal about it. Presumably (maybe) we'll find in Infamous Iron Man.

So this issue is set after CWII#3. It's somewhere within #4, before the Alison Green affair that triggers the battle in #5.

Carol Danvers was revealed to have a drinking problem when she was in the Avengers as Warbird during their vol 3, and was suspended in #8. She then appeared in several Iron Man issues until Tony Stark persuaded her to attend AA meetings in his #25.

I think Tony and Carol's flirting dates all the way back to her 1st stint as an Avenger in Av#183-200, when they only knew each other as Iron Man and Ms Marvel.

That's the end of this series. In the next series Riri Willimas is the/a new Iron Man. The ending presumably refers to events in CWII#6-8 which haven't been published yet (partly because #6 is delayed).


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Invincible Iron Man #14 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
Tony Stark watches news reports about events in Civil War II including some since last issue:- The death of Bruce Banner and the trial and acquittal of Hawkeye who has since gone into hiding.

He tells Mary Jane Watson that he needs to go to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. He's not started drinking again, but needs support to keep him sober. But he wants to avoid Carol Danvers who attends his usual place since he sponsored her. MJ continues to fend off phone calls, but Tony is glad that Riri Williams tried to contact him. (MJ doesn't yet know who she is.)

So Stark drops in on a random AA place. We hear a man say how the need to keep his family safe in these troubled times keeps him sober. And the fact that there are also good things in the world helps too.

But the next person to speak is Carol Danvers! Tony hears her say that her particular law enforcement job means that she has to stay sober to keep the world safe. And then he walks out. She recognises him and follows.

Stark accuses Danvers of following him, but they soon convince each other that they both had the same idea to avoid each other. They share their grief over James Rhodes, but Carol suggests Tony's against Ulysses' predictions because 1 of them killed his friend. Tony denies this - he's anti because he's cleverer than everybody else and can see it's wrong. And he brings up Bruce Banner as well, but Carol reminds him that it was Bruce who arranged for Clint Barton to kill him.

But eventually they calm down and chat. Tony reminds her of when they used to flirt. He claims he knows now that was his standard response to women who overawed him. Carol says she responded because his charm offensive was very good, until she detected the broken boy inside. Tony claims that's what makes him most attractive - Carol disagrees.

They end up saying how they respect each other but are still fundamentally on opposite sides re Ulysses. They both also say they've been holding back, but if necessary they'll each go all the way in defence of what they believe is right.

Captain Marvel flies away. But Tony stops his Iron Man armour from returning to him, and re-enters the AA meeting. A woman is just finishing explaining how her parents blame her lifestyle choices on her drinking, even though she's sober now. Tony is crying, but we don't see if he takes a turn to speak.

2 weeks later Stark International shares are still falling when Amanda Armstrong comes to see her son. Instead she's met by the AI Friday who says there's a problem with the arranged meeting, and asks Amanda if she's seen the news today.

Mike Deodato Jr.
Mike Deodato Jr.
Frank Martin
Dale Keown (Cover Penciler)
Dale Keown (Cover Inker)
Jason Keith (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Clint Barton)

(Bruce Banner)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)

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