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Iron Man 2.0 #10: Review

Nov 2011
Nick Spencer, Ariel Olivetti

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The Palmer Addley infection, part 3

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4 stars

Iron Man 2.0 #10 Review by (March 5, 2013)
Part 3 0f 5. The series never does establish why Palmer Addley's inventions stopped working. We also never really know what his inventions were, apart from the secret virus and some basic robots. (It does say here that his early interest was robots.) This is the last we see or hear of Kaylie Harrison, Ernst Hoyer and Mike Zelinsky.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Iron Man 2.0 #10 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
This issue starts with another flashback. After reading Palmer Addley's real file in #4, Kaylie Harrison went to see one of his handlers, Mr Reich. We learn that the file she read was about someone named Andrew Palmer, not Palmer Addley (no name was used in the comic panels we were presented with). Most of the incidents (and some more we hear of now) were the genuine actions of young Andrew. His genius brought him to the attention of the government, but his attitude was very troubling.

The later actions of Andrew Palmer, leading up to a shooting, were committed in connivance with government agents. We learn now (I think) that he officially then committed suicide. But the whole thing was a cover story to get rid of Andrew Palmer, and then employ him in seclusion in a top-secret establishment, with a fictitious background as Palmer Addley.

The flashback re-establishes the plot points that Palmer Addley later did commit suicide, after working on nano-viruses. Then all his inventions for the government stopped working. And later the tech all turned up (working) in the hands of multiple terrorists.

Before they parted, Reich abruptly kissed Kaylie. We now realise that this is what gave her the Palmer Addley Infection. Now, after the infection made Kaylie go on a shooting spree last issue, her teammates Ernst Hoyer and Mike Zelinsky are in critical condition.

We learned in the last 2 issues that Addley invented a virus that would clone his consciousness into other people (at least beneath their normal consciousness). Thus he (as the virus) could get them to do things he wanted without them realising it.

His first 2 victims were infected by organs he donated. But part of his orders was to give blood regularly, spreading the infection. We learn now that 1 of the 2, Luis Garcia, has since died, but donated more organs. The team picked up the surviving original, Judith Brickley, in #8 because the infection made her build a terrorist robot in her garage. They've also tracked down Garcia's donated organs. But that's a drop in the ocean because blood doning and transmission by other means has spread the infection worldwide now.

Suzi Endo now directs Iron Man 2.0 to save Sydney Opera House from another of the Palmer Addley robots. He breaks it into pieces, but this time the pieces are still active. So he renders them inoperative with an EMP. But unfortunately this takes out the Sydney power grid too.

Then he heads to Guangzhou to face another robot. But he mustn't EMP this one because it's right next to a hospital. So he carries the robot into space and destroys it there.

Meanwhile in O'Hare Airport, Chicago the next phase of Palmer Addley's plan manifests. An infected victim dies and bursts open, scattering blood and virus everywhere. By the time James Rhodes gets there the crowd in the airport has gone mad, trying to kill each other.

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Ariel Olivetti
Ariel Olivetti
Ariel Olivetti
Salvador Larroca (Cover Penciler)
Salvador Larroca (Cover Inker)
Frank D'Armata (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Joe Caramagna.
Editor: Alejandro Arbona.


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War Machine
War Machine

(James Rhodes)

Plus: Suzi Endo.

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