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Iron Man 2020 #6: Review

Aug 2020
Dan Slott, Pete Woods

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4 stars

Iron Man 2020 #6 Review by (August 28, 2020)
The series ends with Christos Gage still co-scripting with Dan Slott.

So this series ends by wiping the board clear of most of the elements of this and the Tony Stark: Iron Man series, taking us back to the status quo pre-Civil War (given that at that time Arno Stark hadn't been seen for a while).
We'll see what if anything (like the Jan/Tony relationship) survives into the next series.

This is an appropriate point to look at the event tie-ins as a whole.

Rescue #1-2 is the only mini-series that actually mattered, as the DNA Pepper Potts retrieved was necessary to repair Tony's body in our #5.

Machine Man #1-2 did fit into an actual slot in the series, but mainly it just reversed what had been done to Jocasta earlier in the main series.

Force Works #1-3 was effectively independent of the main series, not even involving the robot revolution. The only outcome was getting hold of Ultimo who appeared in this issue, but only in the VR illusion.

iWolverine #1-2 even stated its independence, even though Albert had appeared in our #1&3. Albert got back his pal Elsie Dee, but their appearance here was again only VR.

Ironheart #1-2's plot was related to the event as a whole, but it was still inconsequential.

Iron Age #1 was an anthology.
The Midnight Wreckers story *was* directly related to the Machine Man mini.
Alkhema's story was a sidenote to the revolution.
Dr Shapiro's tale had no consequences. He didn't even get to keep the sweater.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Iron Man 2020 #6 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
Tony Stark as Mark 1 stopped Arno Stark/Iron Man 2020's attempt to turn all AIs into his private army, and as Iron Man stopped him from taking over humanity for the same purpose. But at the end of last issue the threat to both AIs and humans that Arno predicted turned up from outer space. (Or did it?)

The ginormous Extinction Event Entity booms that it's going to break down all life, biological or robotic, and absorb them. (Who does this guy think he is, Galactus?) Arno says his Godkiller armour is damaged so he won't be able to fight it - so it's up to Tony to save the day. But brother Tony says this is the battle Arno's whole life has prepared him for. He apologises for not believing in the threat and sabotaging Arno's robotic and human armies, but he'll make up for it now. He grabs Arno's hand and his 'virtual' Iron Man armour somehow recreates the 2020 armour better than before.

As the Entity breaches the wall of the space station Arno in turn apologises to the AIs present for trying to enslave them, but says he needs them all to help him now. They all fly out into space to do battle:- Awesome Andy carrying Machinesmith, Dr Shapiro the cat in his mecha-suit, HERBIE, Jocasta, Machine Man, Pepper Potts in her Rescue armour, and Mistress (Maria Stark) riding on Arsenal (Howard Stark). Awesome Andy, Dr Shapiro, HERBIE and Machinesmith are zapped by tentacles but the rest get through to start pushing the Entity into the Earth's atmosphere.

But it may not be enough. They need a bigger army. Tony's suit's AI Friday calls for help. We see Captain Marvel, Ironheart, Thor, Vision and Wonder Man heading their way. Meanwhile large tentacles are attacking Earth (New York of course) and we see heroes such as Black Panther, Hulk, Mockingbird, Quake, Spider-Man, US Agent and Wasp doing their bit alongside Albert and Elsie Dee (back together since their 2020 iWolverine adventure), Nick Fury LMDs and even Sunset Bain and her Iron Legion. And Bethany Cabe joins in controlling the Controller (getting revenge for the Tony Stark: Iron Man series), James Rhodes controls Ultimo (picked up in the 2020 Force Works mini), and Andy Bhang has his own mecha.

Out in space Arno suddenly blasts his brother, but it's only so Tony won't stop him from diving into the mouth of the beast. It turns out that his plan is himself, a paradoxical combination of AI and human with a mind that can outthink an immortal singularity. And then there's 1 of those loud implosions ...

... and Iron Man saves Arno from plummeting to Earth through a sky suddenly free of tentacles. Arno confesses that he deceived Tony into thinking he was an AI in an artificial body created by Arno. He needed to do that to get control of Stark Unlimited in order to prepare for the Entity. Tony says he forgives him in the circumstances ...

... and we find that everything that happened since Tony mended Arno's armour at the beginning of the issue has been experienced by Arno in the eScape VR system. And the Entity is just a holographic projection. (So Dr Shapiro and the others are OK.) It seems that the extinction event Arno foresaw was really his own death from the disease that he had from birth. He thought he'd cured it but it was only lessened, and it would kill him sometime this year. But now he will live a happy life in VR as a hero who saved the world. Howard and Maria agree to enter the VR with him in order to give him the family he never had in his youth when he was hidden away in an iron lung (see the Secret Origin Of Tony Stark for the full story).

Later Sunset Bain confesses to Senator Brickman's Senate Investigation Committee that *she* made Tony Stark think he was an AI and she was behind the robot rebellion (and the earlier eScape debacle), and she asks to be sent to prison for a long time. But we know that Sunset is now an AI, and in the Uncanny Valley bar we find Jocasta controlling her via the obedience chip, much to the disgust of her lover Machine Man.

At Stark Unlimited Captain Marvel watches as Andy Bhang, Dr Shapiro and Tony use 1 of Arno's bio-pods to update Rhodey's body with DNA from his living relatives. Carol Danvers asks if Arno really did restore Tony to life with 1 of these pods then does that mean she really didn't kill Tony during Civil War II? (Rhodey also died around then, and both of them got brought back. But Arno's process was flawed, and for Tony it was only corrected with DNA from his real parents, collected in the 2020 Rescue mini-series.) They now say that James' recent aversion to his War Machine armour was due to the flaws in Arno's process. Wasp asks Tony if their romantic relationship was also due to flaws. Tony says they'll have to find out.

Later Friday stops being the AI for Tony's armour and gets her android body back. And Tony Stark hands over the Stark Unlimited building to Andy Bhang, and has it renamed Bhang Robotics. He's going to start from scratch again.

Pete Woods
Pete Woods
Pete Woods
Pete Woods (Cover Penciler)
Pete Woods (Cover Inker)
Pete Woods (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Joe Caramagna.
Editor: Tom Brevoort. Editor-in-chief: C. B. Cebulski.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain Marvel
Captain Marvel

(Carol Danvers)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
James Rhodes
James Rhodes

Pepper Potts
Pepper Potts

(Pepper Hogan)

(Janet Van Dyne)

Plus: Andy Bhang, Awesome Andy, Dr Shapiro, Friday (Friday Stark), HERBIE, Howard Stark, Iron Man 2020, Jocasta (Jocasta Pym), Machinesmith, Maria Stark, Miles Brickman (Senator Brickman), Sunset Bain (Madame Menace).

> Iron Man 2020: Book info and issue index

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