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War Machine #10: Review

Jan 1995
Scott Benson, Geoff Senior

Story Name:

The Last Emperor

Review & Comments

4 stars

War Machine #10 Review by (March 19, 2019)
Comments: “Hands of the Mandarin [Part 5 of 6.]”--Cover. Scripted by the team of Scott Benson and Len Kaminski. Rhodey refers to Mr Wizard, host of a science TV program for kids back in the day.

Review: The bad guy gets stronger and looks invincible—and the good guys have to level up to take him on, and it doesn't look like they're gonna make it. We also get some tutoring in political science as first, the heroes bicker with the warlord about his plans and then, second, the crowd stands up to the Mandarin. Neither guy takes it in the spirit in which it was intended. It's all a set up for the epic conclusion with action, drama, nightmares, comedy, and the arrival of Mrs Arbogast. As Marvel would say, see you in thirty!


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

War Machine #10 Synopsis by T Vernon
Story continues from FORCE WORKS #7.

Force Works (Scarlet Witch, Spider-Woman, U.S. Agent) and the rescued Tony Stark have escaped the Mandarin's fortress only to see an army on horseback heading toward them. Then they see War Machine, Century, and Dr Su Yin in the lead. The happy reunion is interrupted by warlord Chu Lo Yan who demands they march on Hong Kong to face the Mandarin. The American heroes (and some of the warlord's own men) want to map out strategy first for taking on such a powerful foe. The two groups fight, which ends with Chu Lo Yan and a small contingent retreating vowing to return. The heroes make their way to Hong Kong on horseback, Tony and Rhodey calling a truce to their feud and Wanda welcoming Century into the “family”....

As Mandarin has his Avatars wreak havoc in the city, the heroes arrive and take on his human army, fighting their way to the Stark lab where they rescue Suzi Endo. Tony calls California and they send him a parcel of devices which can dampen the anti-technology field Mandarin has set up. Tony dons the Iron Man armor which was also sent over and leads the heroes as they converge upon the Mandarin's throne. But the Mandarin is facing rebellious citizens, and to frighten them he makes his countenance grow to giant size, filling the sky and demanding they all bow to the power of the Mandarin....

Story continues in IRON MAN #312.

Geoff Senior
Pam Eklund
Ariane Lenshoek
Kev Hopgood (Cover Penciler)
Bob Wiacek (Cover Inker)
Letterer: John Costanza.
Editor: Nel Yomtov. Editor-in-chief: Tom DeFalco.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Scarlet Witch
Scarlet Witch

(Wanda Maximoff)
U.S. Agent
U.S. Agent

(John Walker)
War Machine
War Machine

(James Rhodes)

Plus: Avatars, Century, Spider-Woman (Julia Carpenter), Su Yin, Suzi Endo.

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