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Iron Man 2.0 #8: Review

Aug 2011
Nick Spencer, Jorge Lucas

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The Palmer Addley infection, part 1

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4 stars

Iron Man 2.0 #8 Review by (February 26, 2013)
This is the 1st of 5 parts of The Palmer Addley Infection, continuing from Palmer Addley Is Dead in #1-4, after a break for Fear Itself in #5-7 and a refresher issue #7.1. I don't think Rhodey is actually referred to as Iron Man 2.0 anywhere within this series. But I don't think he gets called War Machine either. This issue Judith Brickley calls him 'the other Iron Man'. Jim and his team deduce that Palmer Addley transferred his consciousness to Judith via a donated kidney, without even checking that it was his kidney she received. They also deduce that he has spread like an infection all over the world, which is ma lot more than just organ donations. But, like most comics 'detection', they will turn out to be amazingly right.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Iron Man 2.0 #8 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
Iron Man 2.0 is fighting another of Palmer Addley's robots, this time in Dubai. Suzi Endo is back advising him remotely (after indicating she didn't want the job in #2 and #7.1). He has to keep the robot busy while Suzi tracks the transmission controlling it. She directs a SWAT team to a suburban house in Ann Arbor. Jim Rhodes destroys the robot, but all they find in the house is a mother and 2 kids.

Judith Brickley is taken to Mackelroy army base, where Jim's co-workers Ernst Hoyer and Mike Zelinsky can't believe she's got anything to do with Addley's terrorist activities. They ask her about him anyway, but she just keeps demanding to see her kids and a lawyer. (But we know she's the woman from #1 who had an operation and later built a robot in her garage.)

Iron Man 2.0 gets back and takes over the interrogation. Purely incidentally Judith tells him she's an organ donor. This rings a bell, because Addley was an organ donor too. It also turns out that Ms Brickley was an organ recipient too, 6 months ago when Addley committed suicide. They jump to the conclusion that Palmer Addley somehow smuggled his consciousness out of the secure facility he was in, hidden inside his donated organs! And he's partially taken over Judith's brain, making her do things she's not aware of.

They also conclude that Addley's now somehow spread like a virus all over the globe, where his secret inventions are being used by random terrorists. And even as they speak, their boss Gen'l Babbage is seeing more terrorist acts happening all over the world.

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


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

War Machine
War Machine

(James Rhodes)

Plus: Ernst Hoyer, General Babbage, Mike Zelinsky, Suzi Endo.

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