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Iron Man 2: Public Identity #2: Review

Jul 2010
Joe Casey, Ron Lim

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Public Identity: Part 2

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3 stars

Iron Man 2: Public Identity #2 Review by (April 1, 2022)
Comments: Tie-in to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, serving as a prologue to the movie IRON MAN 2. Plot by Joe Casey and Justin Theroux. Finishes credited to Barry Kitson and Stefan Gaudiano. No colorist is credited.

Review: Decent but unnecessary lead in to the second MCU Iron Man movie introduces various themes that are part of the movie which are pretty well covered in the film itself. These include Tony’s reckless early days as a celebrity superhero, the Military’s growing disappointment with him, Tony’s mean father shaping his life, the betrayal of Anton Vanko, General Ross’ hostility toward Tony, Justin Hammer’s jealousy, and Nick Fury’s concern. The writing and art are okay, nothing more and even Adi Granov’s realistic covers are seriously generic. The best I can say is “decent.”


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Iron Man 2: Public Identity #2 Synopsis by T Vernon
Iron Man goes in to defeat Somali pirates in the Gulf of Aden….

Years ago, Howard Stark was shocked when Anton Vanko sold secrets to the Russians and Obadiah Stane advised him to give up on the Arc Reactor and go back to building weapons….

Some time later, young Tony bore the brunt of his father’s anger and frustration; the boy sought solace from Jarvis the butler …

…and now adult Tony is looking around his family home when he receives a call to action….

Lt. Col. James Rhodes is introduced to Justin Hammer who shows off his single-pilot attack vehicle and Rhodey meets the pilot selected for the mission. General Thunderbolt Ross immediately wants to do a field test with the machine….

Pepper Potts is left having to stall a huge board meeting because Tony Stark is off on another adventure in Afghanistan. Iron Man unveils a huge missile which he launches and it uses magnetic tech to pick up all of the land mines in the area laid down by the Ten Rings. But Nick Fury, keeping Stark under surveillance, thinks something bad will happen….

Rhodey reports to Tony about Hammer’s new vehicle and then word comes that it was shot down by an enemy missile while on its test mission in the Congo. And now Tony has to get involved….

Ron Lim
Barry Kitson
Stefano Gaudiano
Adi Granov (Cover Penciler)
Adi Granov (Cover Inker)
Adi Granov (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Clayton Cowles.
Editor: Ralph Macchio. Editor-in-chief: Axel Alonso.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
James Rhodes
James Rhodes


(Edwin Jarvis)
Pepper Potts
Pepper Potts

(Pepper Hogan)
Thunderbolt Ross
Thunderbolt Ross

(Thaddeus Ross)

Plus: Howard Stark, Justin Hammer, Nick Fury of MCU (Nick Fury), Obadiah Stane, Whiplash (Anton Vanko).

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