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Invincible Iron Man #8: Review

Apr 2016
Brian Michael Bendis, Mike Deodato Jr.

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Review & Comments

4 stars

Invincible Iron Man #8 Review by (April 9, 2016)
Once again this issue is bannered 'The Road To Civil War'. And once again I don't know what bit of it is relevant to that.

The dark artwork continues to make me have to work to figure out what's going on.

In the post-Secret Wars universe Spider-Man's costume is lightly armoured, and the eye-patches and chest insignia glow.

It isn't clear why MJ quits. In this issue she isn't happy about Friday's continuous and intimate surveillance. Last issue she didn't like Tony's attitude. And in #5 we readers learned that she didn't really want to get involved with superheroes again.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Invincible Iron Man #8 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
Iron Man has reached Tokyo where James Rhodes/War Machine disappeared. He meets up with Spider-Man who was in the area and had agreed to start the search while the Golden Avenger was on the way. But Spidey hasn't found anything.

They go to Rhodey's last trackable location on the roof of an apartment block. IM's AI Friday scans the area and finds a bit that fell off a particular make of car. This suggests that War Machine carried the car up here and the unusual stress broke it. Shellhead also tells Spidey that WM was looking for ninjas.

Jim Rhodes is elsewhere surrounded by the light-sabre-wielding techno-ninjas, and his War Machine armour has been stolen by their leader who calls herself Tomoe. They threaten to start chopping limbs off unless he divulges American secrets (either Tony Stark's or US military ones - he's a Colonel in the Marines).

Rhodey decides to fight instead. Dodging ninjas and blasts from the armour, made easier because they're trying not to kill him, he manages to grab 1 of the light-sabres - which evens the battle up a bit.

Some hours ago Tony Stark is suiting up for the trip. He was welcoming Mary Jane Watson to her new job, but now he has to leave her in the hands of Friday. But after he's gone MJ quits.

Back in the present Rhodey is still fighting. He's been luring Tomoe to blast in 1 particular direction and now there's a gaping hole in a wall leading to the outside and freedom. But Iron Man and Spider-Man, with help from Friday, have noticed and come charging in. They ignore Jim telling them to go away., which is a bad call because Tomoe's magic pulls Tony's armour off him piece by piece and adds it to the War Machine armour she's already wearing. She even takes Spidey's web-shooters.

Tomoe demands their instant surrender. Stark bluffs and threatens back. Rhodey says the rest of the Avengers will soon be here. Friday has called them, but they're really a long way away. And she can't infiltrate whatever strange operating system Tomoe is using.

Then Tomoe causes an explosion that destroys the building.

Mike Deodato Jr.
Mike Deodato Jr.
Frank Martin
Mike Deodato Jr. (Cover Penciler)
Mike Deodato Jr. (Cover Inker)
Frank Martin (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)

(Peter Parker)
War Machine
War Machine

(James Rhodes)

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