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Iron Man 2.0 #7: Review

Jul 2011
Nick Spencer, Carmine DiGiandomenico

Story Name:

Fear Itself, Conclusion

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

Iron Man 2.0 #7 Review by (January 30, 2013)
3rd and last Fear Itself tie-in issue. Carmine Di Giandomenico and Matt Wilson illustrate the Dr Strange prologue and epilogue. The pact with the ruler of the 8th City (not then Monkey King) was mentioned in #5, when John Aman referred to an adventure of the Immortal Weapons there, which occurred in Immortal Iron Fist #22-26. However I don't such a pact being made in those issues. Iron Fist was controlled by Agamotto in New Avengers (2010) #1-6. Obviously the control wasn't completely shaken off. Dr Strange mentions that he has come back to his Sanctum Sanctorum because he needed its 'resources'. He left that house after losing his rank of Sorcerer Supreme, and he and Wong went to live with the New Avengers. The Iron Fist/Agamotto thing here is probably connected to the story in New Avengers (2010) #1-6. But I don't believe this possession has been followed up on, even in the End Times conclusion to that series of New Avengers. Iron Fist is next seen at peace in FI#4. Monkey King will be seen in his own 1-shot as part of the FI event. James Rhodes isn't seen in the rest of Fear Itself. Next issue we're back to the Palmer Addley plotline.

The following comment is on the main issue.

Kano returns as artist for this 1-off issue after #1-3. This issue brings the reader back up to speed with the Palmer Addley story, after the diversion into Fear Itself. The later issues can occur after FI. But I think this one has to happen beforehand. For one thing, Paris hasn't been devastated by Mokk. Also according to the dialogue War Machine has only just got the new Iron Man 2.0 armour, and Kaylie Harrison has only just seen the Addley file and gone 'sick'. President Nabavi and Christine don't figure in any later issues.

The following comment is on #7.1.



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Iron Man 2.0 #7 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
Last issue Iron Man 2.0 (James Rhodes) and the Immortal Weapons (Bride of Nine Spiders, Dog Brother #1, Fat Cobra, Iron Fist, John Aman and Tiger's Beautiful Daughter) in Beijing saw Absorbing Man gain one of the hammers of the Worthy, and become Greithoth. The power of the transformation itself KO'd all the heroes.

The situation is being monitored by Dr Strange and Wong from Strange's old house.

The heroes awake to find that Greithoth has left, along with Titania/Skirn who already had one of the hammers. The gate to the Hell which is the 8th City of Heaven is still open and spewing demons. Monkey King, the ruler of that city, goes off after the villains, who he considers stole the hammer that was rightfully his. But not before cryptically saying he senses evil in Iron Fist.

The Immortal Weapons tell Rhodey that closing the demon gate is more important than following Greithoth and Skirn. There is a pact which means that they, and only they, can just ask the gate to close. However, when they try a voice in his head disrupts Iron Fist's concentration.

Then the voice takes Danny Rand over, and he attacks his comrades. The magical usurper also cuts the Immortal Weapons' connections to the 7 Cities of Heaven denying them their powers. So of course it's up to Iron Man 2.0 to defeat Iron Fist.

Rhodes' armour's ghost mode means Iron Fist's martial arts attacks just pass through him. But stealth mode doesn't work as well, because Danny has been trained to fight without seeing his opponent. A cannon blast unexpectedly takes Iron Fist down, because it somehow has a mystical component.

And the portal to Hell closes.

Dr Strange tells Wong that this battle was part of a larger conflict that has nothing to do with Fear Itself. One side in this war caused Iron Man 2.0 to be taken to Beijing along with the Immortal Weapons in #5. It also arranged for Dr Strange to give Rhodey's gun the power to stop Iron Fist.

Because Danny Rand has been recruited by the other side. He is now an Immortal Weapon of Agamotto.


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Story #2

#7.1 (no title given)

Writer: Nick Spencer. Penciler: Kano. Inker: Kano. Colorist: Kano. Editor: Alejandro Arbona. Cover Penciler: Salvador Larroca. Cover Inker: Salvador Larroca. Cover Colorist: Frank D'Armata. Letterer: Joe Caramagna.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

In a hotel in Paris Christine makes sure preparations are perfect for President Nabavi, dictator of an unspecified Muslim country. Unrest in his country has forced him to come here for peace negotiations. Christine is determined not to give him any excuse to back out.

James Rhodes returns to Mackelroy army base, centre for the hunt for Palmer Addley (which occupied the 1st 4 issues of this series, and is unfinished). Ernst Hoyer and Mike Zelinsky are already there, but the other team member Kaylie Harrison is absent and not answering her phone. Rhodey is angry because she's the one who has just got to see the real file on their target (in #4), and he was expecting a briefing on it.

Kaylie is at home, not intending to go to work but refusing to give her roommate a reason.

Jim wants the others to run through what they know about Palmer Addley again. But they distract him by asking about the new armour (gained in #3) they heard him talking to Tony Stark about on his phone as he came in. And about Suzi Endo, who they suppose is his ex-girlfriend.

Meanwhile Suzi gets a bunch of flowers from Jim, and a note thanking her for helping save him (from a nuclear blast in #2). She's torn between keeping them and shredding them. And shredding them wins.

But we finally get to the potted recap. Palmer Addley was a genius inventor working in deep secrecy for DARPA, until he committed suicide. But now some months later his inventions are cropping up all over the world in the hands of terrorists. The investigation confirmed that he really is dead, and there's no way his secrets could have leaked out. But his official file was a fake, and Kaylie got permission to see the real one. And now she's AWOL.

Rhodey's boss Gen'l Babbage is notified of another of Addley's inventions flying towards Paris. He sends Iron Man 2.0 there. Jim finds a hulking robot to hit, making use of the armour's ghost mode to become intangible, and chameleon mode for invisibility. But old-fashioned repulsors to destroy it.

Our hero thinks he's stopped the robot's plan, whatever it was. But Nabavi uses the incident to pull out of negotiations, and his country falls deeper into conflict.



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

Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Absorbing Man
Absorbing Man

(Crusher Creel)
Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange

(Stephen Strange)
Iron Fist
Iron Fist

(Danny Rand)

Plus: Bride of Nine Spiders, Dog Brother #1, Ernst Hoyer, Fat Cobra, General Babbage, Kaylie Harrison, Mike Zelinsky, Monkey King, Prince of Orphans (John Aman), Suzi Endo, Tiger's Beautiful Daughter, War Machine (James Rhodes), Worthy.