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War Machine #6: Review

May 2009
Greg Pak, Allan Jefferson

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Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

War Machine #6 Review by (July 23, 2012)
This issue drops Dark Reign from the cover, but it adds the blazon 'America's Most Wanted', echoing Iron Man's concurrent 'World's Most Wanted'. The issues continue to have no titles, but Marvel's blurb calls this the start of a Homeland arc.

American Eagle tangled with Thing and Ka-Zar in his debut Marvel Two-In-One Annual #6. After several other adventures in a feathered-headdress Village-People-style costume he switched to a motorbike and leathers to fight Bullseye within Thunderbolts #112-115. Since then he's had his own tale in Marvel Assistant-Sized Spectacular #1.

Apart from flashbacks, Mrs Rhodes has been seen before in Iron Man #173 and #12 of the previous War Machine series. James Rhodes had a father David in that 2nd appearance too. Roberta Rhodes will pop back in #12. JR's father will be renamed Terrance in the Iron Patriot series where he'll feature without Mrs Rhodes.

War Machine killed Anton Aubuisson in the Dark Reign: New Nation 1-shot.




 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

War Machine #6 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
In the Navajo Nation Jason Strongbow (who as American Eagle has fought toe-to-toe with the likes of Thing, Bullseye and Ka-Zar) pays a visit to James Rhodes' heavily-armed mother. It seems Jim asked Jason to give her the protection of the autonomous tribal lands before he started out on his vigilante spree. Now War Machine is on his way here.

Jason tells her that her son is wanted for the murder of Anton Aubuisson, of soldiers in Santo Marco in #1, and of Eaglestar CEO Davis Harmon in #3. For the sake of his people Strongbow will have to turn War Machine in. Mrs Rhodes responds that for the sake of what is right James will probably have to resist, and even possibly kill Jason. She says that even as a child he always stood up for what was right, no matter what the consequences, even going to juvenile detention for defending young Glenda Sandoval.

War Machine arrives, and has incorporated parts of Strongbow's motorcycle into his armour. He's accompanied by his allies from the previous arc:- Bethany Cabe security, Parnell Jacobs hardware support, Glenda Sandoval (Mrs Jacobs) and Jake Oh medics, and Suzi Endo responsible for hi-tech stuff like the stealth equipment that got them here without Strongbow detecting them.

Jason uses his American Eagle strength and speed to fight the crew, while Mrs Rhodes shows her son the armoury she has stashed away, for him to replenish his weaponry. When Glenda brings Jake in to fix his broken nose, she explains that they have traced the source of the Ultimo virus that Eaglestar was working on in the previous issues to a nearby military base. (And that Norman Osborn has declared their research illegal, but pardoned them. I.e. taken it for his own use.)

American Eagle tries to stop War Machine leaving. He can't allow him to attack the army base, and bring HAMMER's retribution down on his tribe. He successfully fights his armoured foe, including using WM's body as a defence against his own missile.

But it turns out he's been battling Jake Oh, while Rhodey flies off to the army base in another War Machine suit.


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Hideth #1 comic

Allan Jefferson
Jeffrey Huet
Andy Troy
Francesco Mattina (Cover Penciler)
Francesco Mattina (Cover Inker)
Letterer: Joe Caramagna.
Editor: Bill Rosemann.

Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Thing
Thing

(Ben Grimm)
War Machine
War Machine

(James Rhodes)

Plus: American Eagle, Bethany Cabe, Glenda Sandoval, Jake Oh, Parnell Jacobs, Roberta Rhodes, Suzi Endo.

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