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Previous updates to the Marvel Heroes Library site are listed below. For the latest update, visit the Home page.

The Marvel Heroes Library debuted on May 2, 2017. It is the merger of former superhero sites The Hulk Library, The Captain America Library, The Iron Man Library, and The Mighty Thor Library.
Former sites were online as early as 1997. More info about those sites here.

Thanos and Warlock stage a takeover

March 19, 2018

Ironheart is among the Champions For A Day in their #17 while Viv Vision is stalked by Viv 2.0.

Time out from the big battles in AVENGERS #683 as Jarvis recovers to tell us that Voyager is a fake.

Site-Supremo Julio starts the march towards the comics' Infinity War with INFINITY COUNTDOWN: ADAM WARLOCK.

The TBolts/Warriors crossover concludes with THUNDERBOLTS #136 and SECRET WARRIORS (2009) #9.

T Vernon has the 1st of a 2-part retiming of Iron Man's origin in IRON MAN (1968) #267.

Julio also contributes HULK #177 which picked up the threads from the cancelled Warlock series (which later returned to host the 2nd Thanos War).

And I add a missing chapter from the 1st Thanos War with CAPTAIN MARVEL #29 which includes an origin for the Titanians.


A Classic Marvel Moment!

March 15, 2018

A major milestone in Marvel history now has a page in the Marvel Heroes Library! It's AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #100, where Pete ponders whether to remain Spidey or not! And he receives a big shock in the end! This was written up by our Web Wizard Julio Molina-Muscara!

And a little more recently (and less momentous), we have CAPTAIN AMERICA (1998 series) #28: Cap goes to the Savage Land—and it's more savage than usual with marauding dinosaur-men and a missing Sharon Carter! And Cap ends up with an unexpected ally!

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Halfway through 2 things and at the end of another

March 12, 2018

No Surrender has reached its midpoint now we've had AVENGERS #682 . The Avengers claim a 2nd point for the 'obstacles'. But there's a 5th point to play for. And Jarvis seems to know something.

THUNDERBOLTS #135 and SECRET WARRIORS (2009) #8 are the middle pair in the TBolts/Warriors crossover. And Nick Fury turns out to be an LMD with Ares' son inside.

And T Vernon brings us the end of Armour Wars II in IRON MAN (1968) #266. As he says it's a bit of an anticlimax.


Red, White, Green, and Orange!

March 8, 2018

This week we have CAPTAIN AMERICA #699 still in a post-apocalyptic America where Cap is leading a revolt against the wicked king, aided by none other than the Hulk and the Thing!

And to go back a few years, we also have CAPTAIN AMERICA (1998 series) #26-27 where our star-spangled hero joins the Falcon and Nick Fury to take down the hideous Hate-Monger!

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6 multi-parters in 5 issues

March 5, 2018

IRON MAN #597 is part 5 of the 8-part Search For Tony Stark that will end with #600. But this issue has no Tony/Iron Man and is really about Ironheart and Iron Doom.

AVENGERS #681 is part 7 of the 16-part No Surrender. We get origins for Captain Glory and Vector. The Lethal Legion win their 1st point. Hawkeye and Red Wolf join the fight. And Hulk inches closer to his cover-app in #684.

SECRET WARRIORS (2009) #7 is part 1 of 4 for God Of Fear, God Of War. THUNDERBOLTS #134 is part 2 of 4 of Widowmaker. But they are also the opening salvoes in a 6-part SW/TB crossover. Norman Osborn hatches a plan to kill 3 birds (Black Widow, Nick Fury and Songbird) with 1 stone.

T Vernon's IRON MAN (1968) #265 is part 8 of the 9-part Armour Wars II, and Shellhead finally comes face-to-face with the guy who's been controlling his armour.


In Iron news this week:-

February 26, 2018

In PUNISHER #221 Punisher brings the War Machine armour back to life and goes on the offensive to flush Gen'l Petrov out.

AVENGERS #680 begins round 2 of the Grandmaster and Challenger's game. And the original Wasp is revived to replace the 'dead' Human Torch.

The Dark Reign issues this week are NEW AVENGERS (2005) #59-60. The Avengers draft in a lot of help to get Luke Cage out of Norman Osborn's clutches, only to find his body has been booby-trapped.

T Vernon does IRON MAN (1968) #264. This is part 7 of a 9-issue story arc. (In the days before Trade Paperback collections told us that 6 issues was the perfect length for for a story.)


Three Hot New Issues!

February 22, 2018

THE INCREDIBLE HULK #713 wraps up the “Return to Planet Hulk,” pitting our Gamma-irradiated hero against the Warlord himself, with the fate of their world in the balance! Will it be saved—or will the Worldbreaker break it?

Then in THE MIGHTY THOR #704, Jane Foster faces the decision that will end her life: if she becomes the Mighty Thor again, changing back to Jane will surely kill her! So it's her life versus Asgardia's! What would you do?

And then there's CAPTAIN AMERICA #698 wherein the Living Legend emerges from the ice a second time to face a post-apocalyptic America where he is the only one who can lead a successful revolt!

And to go back a few years, we also have CAPTAIN AMERICA (1998 series) #25 where our star-spangled hero joins the Falcon and Nick Fury to take down the hideous Hate-Monger!

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Here's the next issue of everything we did last week!

February 19, 2018

MARVEL 2-IN-ONE #3:- Iron Doom is still trying to find the Multisect while Thing and Torch are persuaded to take someone else with them when they use it to go universe-hopping.

AVENGERS #679:- No Iron Patriot again but I think Bruce Banner/Hulk shows up for the last page.

NEW AVENGERS (2005) #58:- Only 1 Dark Reign issue this week. The New and Dark Avengers actually fight each other, I think for the 1st time.

IRON MAN (1968) #263:- T Vernon tells us how Living Laser returns for a rematch but Dr Pym and Wonder Man pop in to help Iron Man.


Things continue, especially old Marvel monsters

February 12, 2018

Victor Von Doom as Iron Man continues his guest slot in MARVEL 2-IN-ONE #2 as he competes with Thing and Human Torch to find the device Mr Fantastic left on Monster Island - but it isn't there. But Googam son of Goom is.

Toni Ho/Iron Patriot is only behind the scenes in AVENGERS #678, the continuation of No Surrender, which means it doesn't really belong in the Iron Man Library. But that doesn't mean as much as it used to.

Dark Reign continues with NEW AVENGERS (2005) #56-57 where Jonas Harrow takes down the team to convince Norman Osborn to let him replace Hood as leader of the villain gang. But Mockingbird rescues them. And elsewhere Loki gives Hood the power of the Norn Stones.

T Vernon continues the original Iron Man series with #262 where Tony Stark finds a way to bypass Kearson DeWitt's control of his body. And Mandarin chats with Fin Fang Foom.


All this and Fin Fang Foom!

February 5, 2018

IRON MAN #596 brings us closer to the return of Tony Stark as Riri Williams seems to give up being Ironheart and others find where Tony's been struggling to recover from his coma.

AVENGERS #677 confirms that Grandmaster's behind the current plot, which this time is a Contest of Villains rather than a Contest of Champions.

In the Dark Reign issues AVENGERS: INITIATIVE #29,31 Penance gets his sanity back and Norman Osborn gives Taskmaster an offer he can't refuse.

T Vernon is here with IRON MAN (1968) #261. DeWitt and the Marrs twins have shut down Iron Man's body. And Mandarin meets Fin Fang Foom.


Hulk Versus Thor!

February 1, 2018

Just out, THE INCREDIBLE HULK #712 pits the Jolly Green Giant against the unworthy God of Thunder as we “Return to Planet Hulk!

And back in the old days, there's CAPTAIN AMERICA ANNUAL 1999 where Cap faces an old enemy with a new look and new mission, Flag-Smasher!

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Vamping until Tony Stark is ready

January 29, 2018

CHAMPIONS #16 makes it onto this list by having 1 page of Ironheart. They're having a membership drive but I don't think she'll join until #19.

AVENGERS #676 sneaks in by having Toni Ho billed as Iron Patriot. But all the Avengers get blown up at the end so who knows who'll be in the rest of the issues.

DARK AVENGERS #10-12 has the 1st Iron Patriot Norman Osborn and his crew getting outclassed by Molecule Man until Sentry realises he has the same power.

In the times of those comics Tony Stark is missing.

At least Tony's in CAPTAIN AMERICA (1998) #22 brought to us by Peter Silvestro, as the vibranium problem is solved and Cap gets his proper shield back.

And finally the real Iron Man is in T Vernon's IRON MAN (1968) #260 where he's beaten by Living Laser because the behind-the-scenes villains are remotely messing with his body.


4 Iron Ages

January 22, 2018

In PUNISHER #220 Punisher/War Machine continues his 1-man war on the Chenayan dictatorship, this time busting open detainment camps and fighting rogue SHIELD Agents.

Nearly all the current Avengers, including Iron Patriot Toni Ho, get assembled in AVENGERS #675 by a mystery woman when the Earth gets transported elsewhere.

We're back in 2009 in Dark Reign after 2 months of Avengers West Coast issues. I'm starting out easy with a single issue DARK AVENGERS #9. It's mainly Ares discovering his son is 1 of Nick Fury's Secret Warriors - and not being happy about it. Iron Patriot Norman Osborn is as usual my excuse to include this.

From 1999 Peter Silvestro contributes CAPTAIN AMERICA (1998) #21 within which Tony Stark explains that when Cap's shield was destroyed and rebuilt way back in Secret Wars I it gained a flaw in its vibranium which has now infected all the vibranium in the world causing bits to start to explode. When the mound in Wakanda goes it'll be bye-bye Earth.

T Vernon continues 1990's Armour Wars II in IRON MAN (1968) #259. It wasn't really the ghost of Titanium Man it was Living Laser in disguise. But there are 2 bigger villains manoeuvring in the background.


Thor's Days Are Numbered!

January 18, 2018

Just out, THE MIGHTY THOR #703 shows us that while Thor may be mighty, Jane Foster is not, as the poignant tale of Thor's last days winds down!

And the new Marvel Legacy CAPTAIN AMERICA #697 pits Cap against the ever-popular Spidey foe Kraven the Hunter!

Meanwhile, heading back to 1999 CAPTAIN AMERICA (1998 series) #21 shows us the time when Cap's shield threatened the entire world with destruction! Not to mention the spectacular cover!

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Let's go back to the 90's

January 15, 2018

I have no new issue for you this week.

But in the early 90's Iron Man was involved in the end of the Pacific Overlords story in AVENGERS WEST COAST #72-74 and the rise of a new island nation Demonica.

Shellhead was very busy around this time. Among his apps between the Overlords and his own next issue the Marvel Chronology Project has IRON MAN: LEGACY OF DOOM #1-4 which T Vernon did a few months ago.

And now he gives us IRON MAN (1968) #258 which kicks off Armour Wars II with the ghost of Titanium Man - maybe.


I come back from my Xmas semi-layoff to find the old Iron Man Library site's gone!

January 8, 2018

Here's IRON MAN #595, better late than never. They're stretching this story out until #600, and it shows here. A large chunk of the issue is a delusion of the man who may be Tony Stark. Other subplots continue.

Stark cameos with shocking news he uncovered while investigating Cap's old shield (I think) in CAPTAIN AMERICA (1998) #20 brought to us by Peter Silvestro.

T Vernon has IRON MAN (1968) #257, another fill-in before next week when we'll get to Armour Wars II. The 1-off villain is Samurai Steel who shoots down North Korean missiles. Where is he when we need him now?! (Except for the invading bit.)

But before then Iron Man joins the Avengers West Coast for a long storyline called The Pacific Overlords. The 1st half is here in AWC #69-71. Dr Demonicus (previously best known for his involvement with Godzilla) heads a string of new villains (plus Sunfire). The AWC have help from a Spider-Woman (plus Sub-Mariner).


A Happy New Year to all our readers (yes, we do have more than 1)

January 1, 2018

The latest issue of Iron Man is out but I didn't go into the city this week so I don't yet have it.

I have to content myself with giving you PUNISHER #219 where Frank Castle as War Machine defends a farmer against Chernayan soldiers.

I also haven't written up any old issues again for this week.

But T Vernon saves the day again with IRON MAN (1968) #256. It's another 1-issue story but this 1 wraps up a subplot from some issues back about the Stark space station.

I've space again this week to mention things outside my Iron domain. CHAMPIONS #15 wraps up the Worlds Collide crossover with Avengers by bringing Viv Vision back to this world.

And Peter Silvestro ends the Red Skull/Korvac story in CAPTAIN AMERICA (1998) #19 where Sharon Carter doesn't react well to Cap telling her he loves her.


A Merry Christmas to our reader

December 25, 2017

The new Iron issue this week is MARVEL 2-IN-ONE #1, the 1st of 2 guesting Iron Doom. And the starring duo Human Torch and Thing start off on a quest to find the rest of the Fantastic Four and their family.

I've taken time off for Christmas so there are no old issues from me this time.

But nothing stops T Vernon from bringing you IRON MAN (1968) #255 - another single-issue tale where Iron Man and a new Crimson Dynamo swap minds.

Outside of the Iron spotlight I've done UNCANNY AVENGERS #30 where Captain America pops in for the last issue of his old team.

And Peter Silvestro has been busy this week. As well as continuing the 1998 Cap series with #18, with added Korvac, he's covered the new HULK #711 where Hulk meets Thor Odinson as gladiators and the new THOR #702 where Jane-Thor doesn't die yet.


Iron Man gets busy in the past as the currently IM-less Avengers clan gear up for their weekly event

December 18, 2017

US AVENGERS #12 has those wacky Skrulls imitating Earth movies/TV series again. It's the team's last issue and everything gets wrapped up before they get sucked into the Avengers weekly series.

Back in his original run Iron Man appeared in lots of stuff between his #253 and #254 including:-

The Terminus Factor event in 5 Annuals (Captain America An#9, IM An#11, Thor An#15, Avengers West Coast An#5 and Avengers An#19). Peter Silvestro wrote these up some years ago, and our hero is in all of them. Go to CA An#9 and follow the links.

AVENGERS WEST COAST #63 puts a final spotlight on the android Human Torch as he fights a new villain Living Lightning.

I've skipped #64-65 because Shellhead's not in them. #64 is a fill-in issue. #65 has a backup tale which writes HT out of the series, while the main part is an intro to the next storyline ...

... The Reaper And The Robot in #66-68 featuring a zombie Grim Reaper, and Ultron-13 infecting and infected by humanity.

Then T Vernon brings the Armoured Avenger back to IM(1968)#254 where a new Spymaster impersonates Santa Claus.

There's still no Iron person involved in the Avengers/Champions crossover but I've also contributed AVENGERS #674 where Viv Vision sacrifices her life to save 2 Earths.


2 Dooms for the price of 1

December 11, 2017

Title:- 2 Dooms for the price of 1 GWENPOOL #23 ends her fight with 2 Victor Von Dooms, the current Iron Man version and the old villainous Dr Doom (sort-of).

Peter Silvestro continues a Cap/Red Skull battle by Mark Waid and Andy Kubert in CAPTAIN AMERICA (1998) #16, where Tony Stark is still fiddling with Cap's broken shield.

In AVENGERS WEST COAST #60-62 Roy and Dann Thomas close down both of John Byrne's Scarlet Witch subplots with Magneto and Immortus. Next issue they can start on their own plots.

Then Shellhead moves back to his own series as T Vernon recounts IRON MAN (1968) #253, a fill-in issue by Danny Fingeroth. It's the 1st in a series of 1-off issues by different writers until John Byrne (him again) takes over for Armor Wars II.


Who let Punisher in here?

December 4, 2017

The surprise addition this week is the Marvel Legacy Punisher series starting with #218. Frank Castle earns a place in the Iron-sphere by wearing the War Machine armour, as Nick Fury Jr sends him after a military dictator.

Peter Silvestro continues to fill in a gap in the 1998 Captain America series with #15 which is the start of a new Red Skull epic, but also has a cameo from Iron Man with the broken pieces of Cap's shield.

I've given T Vernon the week off because there's a lot of Avengers West Coast issues to fit in between Iron Man #252 and #253.
#56-57 are the end of John Byrne's run and feature the team trying to pry an evil Scarlet Witch from the clutches of Magneto.
In fill-in issue #58 they get diverted from their task to deal with the effects of a man-made earthquake in Los Angeles.
I haven't done the 2nd fill-in #59 because it takes place in 1 of the alternate timelines that are being deleted by Immortus.
In next week's issues Roy&Dann Thomas will combine and resolve the Immortus/Magneto/Scarlet Witch plots.

Outside the Iron-sphere the current Avengers/Champions crossover continues in CHAMPIONS #14 where they learn that the High Evolutionary intends to destroy both Earth and Counter-Earth.


The Hulk! Better Late Than Never!

November 30, 2017

We've just added the details for THE INCREDIBLE HULK #709, first issue under the Marvel Legacy banner (no relation) and it's a doozy. Part one of Return to Planet Hulk sees the Hulk's return—but it's not the same old Hulk! This time it's Amadeus Cho as the green giant—will he have the ability to conquer this world as his predecessor once did? Or will he go down to defeat?

We've also got CAPTAIN AMERICA (1988 series) #15! The Red Skull, Cosmic Cube, America a fascist dictatorship, bad stuff foreseen on the Capitol steps, and Captain America responsible for it all? Why does all this seem familiar? Oh right, it's SECRET EMPIRE, about 2 decades early! See how this plot was handled in a previous century!


You can't keep good villains down

November 27, 2017

In the 2nd new Legacy issue INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #594 Ironheart and friends fight the Stark Industries board, and Iron Doom fights a lot of supervillains (including Chemistro and Wrecker in significant roles) that he arrested lately. But nobody does anything about finding Tony Stark.

And in the 2nd part of his Acts Of Vengeance tie-in IRON MAN (1968) #252 T Vernon tells us how Iron Man fought Chemistro (after fighting Wrecker last issue).

Then Shellhead moves over to AVENGERS WEST COAST #53-54 to fight more random AoV battles against the U-Foes and Mole-Man. But at least #55 is more significant as it's the wrap-up of the whole Event with lots of Avengers defeating Loki, the man behind it all. But he'll return immediately in the Thor series.

And in other news Peter Silvestro has documented the Red Skull's escape from his Cosmic Cube prison in CAPTAIN AMERICA (1998) #14.


The end of Utopia is the beginning

November 20, 2017

This week I give you US AVENGERS #11. I'm continuing with the last 2 issues of this series even though Toni Ho is no longer Iron Patriot. The team are off to rescue MIA member Cannonball from Archie Andrews (who to us British was a ventriloquist's dummy).

In Dark Reign the Utopia crossover ends with DARK AVENGERS/UNCANNY X-MEN: EXODUS. At last an actual fight between the 2 teams. Dani Moonstar has become Valkyrie again to defeat Ares. And Emma Frost persuades Sentry to quit the battle. After that the X-Men can't lose, and they live happily ever after on Utopia island.

T Vernon takes Iron Man into the Acts Of Vengeance event with IRON MAN (1968) #251. Shellhead only just survives the Wrecker but then Chemistro joins in.

In other news AVENGERS #673 continues the crossover with Champions as High Evolutionary explains some of what's going on.


Unbelievably ...

November 13, 2017

... this week's new Iron issue is GWENPOOL #22. Gwen Poole is a comics geek who's fallen into the Marvel Universe. Using her comics knowledge and the ability to step out of the panels, she's carving a place for herself. Now she goes after Victor Von Doom to prove herself worthy to be in the Avengers. But she doesn't know he's changed his spots and become Iron Doom.

Working backwards through time we come to UNCANNY X-MEN #514 and DARK AVENGERS #8 as the Utopia crossover continues. Cyclops prepares his masterplan and then we see the 2 main elements:- The raising of a sunken Asteroid M to be mutants' new homeland Utopia, and the rescue of Norman Osborn's mutant prisoners from Alcatraz. Plus the Dark X-Men break up.

Peter Silvestro provides IRON MAN & CAPTAIN AMERICA ANNUAL '98 as Steve Rogers and Tony Stark have a clash of ideologies while fighting AIM but come to respect each other's POV. (As Peter suggests, a pre-echo of Civil War I.)

And furthest back of all (in chronological content but not publication date) T Vernon finishes Iron Man: Legacy Of Doom with #4 as Iron Man and Dr Doom team up to save Earth from an extra-dimensional monster composed of eyeballs (that Doom had previously angered).


Continuing where we left off

November 6, 2017

Just old Iron Man-related stuff again.

The Utopia crossover continues in UNCANNY X-MEN #513 where Emma Frost meets her new Dark X-Men and adds Sub-Mariner to the ranks, and DARK AVENGERS #7 where they go on their 1st mission.

And T Vernon continues Iron Man: Legacy of Doom with #3 where Shellhead fights Dr Doom who has the sword Excalibur in order to win the sword's mystic scabbard.

But in the general arena I've continued the Worlds Collide crossover in CHAMPIONS #13 as the Avengers and Champions stop several large buildings vibrating to pieces, only to discover that the whole world is vibrating to somewhere else.


3 armoured warriors from the past

October 30, 2017

Just 2 old issues of Iron interest this week.

In DARK AVENGERS/UNCANNY X-MEN: UTOPIA Norman Osborn takes advantage of conflict between X-Men and anti-mutant protesters to declare martial law in San Francisco and as Iron Patriot bring in his Dark Avengers.

T Vernon does IRON MAN: LEGACY OF DOOM #2. Iron Man breaks out of Hell but Dr Doom gets Morgana Le Fey to mystically fuse Excalibur into his armour.

But elsewhere I've added the new Avengers Legacy title AVENGERS #672, the start of the crossover with Champions, and NEW AVENGERS (2005) #55, slightly connected to the Utopia story.


What's all this about legacy?

October 23, 2017

Our Marvel Legacy series begins with INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #593. The previous Invincible and Infamous titles live on in this 1 with artists Stefano Caselli and Alex Maleev handling the pages for their own characters. I wonder how long that can last? Will Ironheart and Iron Doom never meet? Meanwhile Tony Stark's body has gone and someone is putting on his armour.

T Vernon has just finished IM#249-250 which was the 2nd story in what has become known as the Camelot Trilogy. The 1st tale was in #149-150. Unfortunately the original Iron Man series never reached #349-350, but much later the IM: Legacy of Doom miniseries provided the 3rd leg. It's set back in this period of Tony Stark's life, so TV has decided to write it up now. Here's #1.

While T is doing that I'll be reporting on the Dark Avengers/X-Men: Utopia crossover event. Starting with DARK X-MEN: THE BEGINNING #1-3 - the miniseries which shows Norman Osborn recruiting his Dark X-Men. But it doesn't involve the word 'legacy'.


Back to the future

October 16, 2017

I've no new titles to report on this week, so it's back to the past.

In AVENGERS: INITIATIVE #28 Norman Osborn's grip on the Initiative starts to slip as the Nevada Heavy Hitters team quit, helped by Tigra's Avengers Resistance.

And T Vernon does IRON MAN (1968) #250 where Iron Man and Dr Doom have been taken to the future by Merlin to aid reincarnated King Arthur against an older Doom and an evil future Iron Man descendant of Tony Stark.


Everybody's leaving (except Sam Wilson)

October 9, 2017

The US Avengers start to break up in their #10. Sunspot resigns, Gen'l Maverick can't be Red Hulk anymore, Toni Ho's giving up being Iron Patriot, the Government want to deport Enigma, and nobody believes Squirrel Girl could really have done all the things in her comics. But at least Smasher turns up to say Cannonball's still alive.

In the historical section we finish off Atlantis Attacks. I've added comments to Seahammer's THOR ANNUAL #14 where Thor and Dr Strange kick the demon Set out of our dimension. And then everybody gangs together in FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #22 to free the 7 Brides from Ghaur and Llyra, who also disappear.

Then Iron Man goes back to his own series in IRON MAN (1968) #249 to battle Dr Doom over a pair of mysterious artefacts, which ends with them transported to another time as they'll discover next issue. T Vernon's on the case.

In this new site it's easier for me to mention that I've also contributed AVENGERS #11 to the Captain America and Thor sections. Jane-Thor stops Sam-Cap, who's now gone back to being Sam-Falcon, from resigning as leader of the now homeless team.


Triple whammy

October 2, 2017

This week we have synopses for issues from 3 different Iron Man series (but only 1 of them starring Tony Stark).

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #11 does at least feature Tony in flashbacks as Riri Williams and Mary Jane Watson reveal that they each actually met Stark well before their official introductions. And then AI Friday takes us into the Legacy era when she discovers comatose Tony is missing.

INFAMOUS IRON MAN #12 ignores Stark completely as it concludes the pre-Secret Empire storyline of Iron Doom and Mephisto. But it sows a couple of seeds to grow during Legacy.

These are both the last issues of their series before the Legacy Invincible Iron Man title starts with #593.

And Peter Silvestro brings us MARVEL LEGACY itself. The main line is a story spanning the past million years involving a Celestial, Asgardians, an Infinity Stone, the Avengers 1,000,000 BC and the return of Wolverine (and maybe of Franklin and Valeria Richards). But there are also pages hinting at the upcoming stories in the Legacy titles, including the search for the missing Tony Stark. And Ironheart gets to play Avenger with Sam-Cap and Jane-Thor.

The original Shellhead is of course in T Vernon's IRON MAN (1968) #248 where paralysed Tony Stark walks again ...

... just in time to take part in 2 of the Atlantis Attacks annuals. AVENGERS ANNUAL #18 has a shedload of Avengers fighting Atlanteans invading the US. And AVENGERS WEST COAST ANNUAL #4 has a cut-down group trying to rescue the 7 Brides of Set and stop that demon manifesting on Earth.


Team-ups great and small

September 25, 2017

It's another of those weeks where I have no new comics to report on. (Invincible Iron Man #11 came out but I didn't go to Liverpool this week.)

Meanwhile Dark Reign ambles on with MIGHTY AVENGERS #30-31 where we find loads of Avengers from different teams assembling to fight the Unspoken who wants to turn humanity into Alpha Primitives. (But Norman Osborn won't let the Dark Avengers play.)

T Vernon and IRON MAN (1968) #247 give us Iron Man and Gray Hulk separately caught up in the war between Madame Masque & the Maggia and AIM & Hydra.

They then team up to continue the fight in HULK (1968) #361 which Julio Molina-Muscara briefly synopsised a long time ago.


The once and future Tony Stark

September 18, 2017

In GENERATIONS: IRON MAN & IRONHEART Ironheart gets sent to the future not the past, and meets Tony Stark Sorcerer Supreme not Iron Man.

Peter Silvestro *really* concludes Secret Empire with SE: OMEGA as good Captain America visits bad Cap in prison and we get some clues about upcoming developments.

As SE is wrapped up I've completed and reorganised my tie-in comments in SE#0-8. (SE#9&10 don't have any tie-in issues.)

In Dark Reign's AVENGERS: INITIATIVE #26 we meet some of Norman Osborn's new Initiative teams, and the Avengers Resistance go into action.

And in IRON MAN (1968) #246 T Vernon brings us the start of a 3 (or 4) part arc featuring a war between AIM, Hydra and the Maggia.


Atlanteans keep attacking

September 11, 2017

It's a quiet week in Iron-land now Secret Empire is over, so I've only got old issues to give you.

In Dark Reign's DARK AVENGERS #5-6 Norman Osborn gives a TV interview, Marvel Boy quits after he discovers that his teammates aren't the good guys, and Sub-Mariner quits the Cabal when Sentry/Void kills some Atlantean terrorists who have invaded Los Angeles.

Even further back T Vernon synopses IRON MAN (1968) ANNUAL #10, the 2nd part of the Atlantis Attacks crossover event. Iron Man and Namor team-up against Attuma's Atlantean invaders in Panama, and Subby appears to get killed.


Everything comes in 2's

September 4, 2017

Peter Silvestro concludes Secret Empire with SE#10 as good Captain America fights bad Cap and Kobik puts nearly everything right. Except it seems that Black Widow and Rick Jones are still dead.

INFAMOUS IRON MAN #11 reveals that Mephisto is behind the return of Doom's mother, and his motives aren't good.

In T Vernon's IRON MAN (1968) #245 we get the return of Madame Masque - or do we because another Madame Masque is found dead?

And then Mephisto is in AVENGERS WEST COAST #50-52 as well as it turns out that Scarlet Witch's 2 children were really just fragments of the demon. Oh, and Iron Man returns to the team.


Replacements galore

August 28, 2017

The wider view from the Iron throne.

Peter Silvestro is here again with SECRET EMPIRE #9. The good guys continue to win, including deconstructing the Hydra Avengers. Kobik seems to have the good Steve Rogers ready to bring him back. But his replacement Hydra-Cap gains a god-like power.

US AVENGERS #9 is an SE tie-in where the split team also win their fights against Hydra. But is Tony Ho going to change from Iron Patriot to another super-id?

Dark Reign's NEW AVENGERS (2005) #51-54 has Brother Voodoo replacing Dr Strange as Sorcerer Supreme. Oh, and the team fight demon-Hood and Madame Masque. Only #54 has Norman Osborn/Iron Patriot in, but in the new system my report isn't so directly connected to the Iron family.

There's yet another replacement Iron Man, but it doesn't take long for crippled Tony Stark to get back in the armour in IRON MAN (1968) #244, brought to us as usual by T Vernon.


The Queen abdicates

August 21, 2017

In Iron news this week:-

In INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #10 Ironheart resigns as Queen of Latveria but not before making everything OK.

I've added more comments on Secret Empire tie-ins in SE #1,2,8.

In MIGHTY AVENGERS (2007) #24 the team go on a world tour of super-problem outbreaks, much to the annoyance of Norman Osborn.

And in IRON MAN (1968) #243 T Vernon shows us the effects of Tony Stark getting shot.


Hydra's on the ropes. Yay! Tony gets shot. Boo!

August 14, 2017

I haven't got any new issues for this week but Peter Silvestro comes to the rescue with 2 from Secret Empire.

In CAPTAIN AMERICA #25 Steve-Cap's Hydra successfully attack Wakanda and the mutants in New Tian. But Sam-Cap and the Stark AI get a new fragment of the Cosmic Cube.

Then there's SE #8. Suddenly everything starts going right. The Darkforce Dome and the Planetary Shield are destroyed and the Chitauri invasion is repulsed.

And both issues reveal that Bucky Barnes is alive and working with Sub-Mariner.

The Dark Reign saga continues with THUNDERBOLTS #133 as Norman Osborn recruits a new Scourge, Songbird flies back into action and we learn that Black Widow is working for Nick Fury.

Further back in the past T Vernon's IRON MAN (1968) #242 has Mandarin fighting in a new suit of armour. And obsessive Kathy Dare shoots Tony Stark.


This week's guests, the Pretenders

August 7, 2017

In INFAMOUS IRON MAN #10 Iron Doom has a nice chat with his dead mother. And then things go wrong because she may not be who she claims to be.

THUNDERBOLTS #130-131 is part of a Dark Reign crossover with Deadpool, who thinks Norman Osborn owes him for enabling him to be the hero of Secret Invasion. Plus Taskmaster pretends to be another DP, and DP himself has a crush on Black Widow.

Peter Silvestro has completed filling in the missing synopses for the long initial Captain America series. I reckon T Vernon has 1/4 left to do for the Iron Man series. This week he reaches IRON MAN (1968) #241. Mandarin's back again, but this time he's disguised as a businessman named Zhang Tong who's delegated the ring-using to a set of underlings.


Secret Empire is like buses - if 1 is delayed then 2 come in quick succession

July 31, 2017

View from the Iron throne:-

Peter Silvestro moves quickly to SECRET EMPIRE #7. Spider-Man (Miles Morales) doesn't quite kill Captain America (Steve Rogers) as predicted by Ulysses' vision. And Black Widow dies in the attempt. Deaths like this just tell me that the Cosmic Cube will resurrect everybody in the end, or even make the whole thing to not have happened.

I've added more comments on tie-ins to SE#1, #3 and #7 itself.

In US AVENGERS #8 Iron Patriot has to get sneaky to save Citizen V/Sunspot's life.

Ironheart guest stars in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #2. But so does Peter Parker's sister!

THUNDERBOLTS #128-129 introduces us to the new Dark Reign Thunderbolts as Norman Osborn launches a scam to convince the President that he's no longer Green Goblin.

T Vernon marches on to IRON MAN (1968) #240 where Iron Man defeats Ghost with the untrustworthy help of Blacklash, Blizzard and Boomerang.


Cap vs Iron Man Round N (I've lost count)

July 24, 2017

News from the Iron camp.

So now Peter Silvestro *can* give us SECRET EMPIRE #6. Hydra and Hulk demolish the Underground HQ, ending in yet another clash between Captain America and Iron Man (the AI version this time).

The 3 weeks of tie-ins I can describe this time all fit within SE#0-5.

Meanwhile (in publishing terms) in INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #9 Ironheart defeats Lucia Von Bardas and becomes Queen of Latveria.

Back in Dark Reign I finish updating the Comments to War Machine vol 2 with #11-12. In the final arc Norman Osborn has James Rhodes prosecuted for war crimes but in the end Rhodey is free with a cloned body in place of his cyborg 1.

And T Vernon takes us back to IRON MAN (1968) #239. Why does Shellhead agree to oppose the Ghost for his old enemy Justin Hammer?


What, no Secret Empire?

July 17, 2017

No new issues this week, partly because Secret Empire #6 has been delayed until next week, but also because I didn't get to Liverpool this week. We'll have to make do with 2 issues from the past.

Dark Reign continues with AVENGERS: INITIATIVE #25. Norman Osborn tries to get heroes to serve in his Initiative with mixed success - including triggering the formation of the Avengers Resistance.

T Vernon presents IRON MAN (1968) #238 where Iron Man fights Rhino while several subplots bubble underneath.


2 Iron Patriots but only 1 Iron Man

July 10, 2017

US AVENGERS #7 is a Secret Empire tie-in where Iron Patriot and Red Hulk are captured by Hydra in the battle for Washington, and Enigma and Squirrel Girl teleport to Paris where they join the French Resistance, er ... Champions of Europe.

I've updated comments on WAR MACHINE (2009) #6-10, the Homeland arc where Rhodey and some fellow ex-West Coast Avengers face Ultimo and a different Iron Patriot (Norman Osborn).

And T Vernon takes us back to simpler times in IRON MAN (1968) #237 where Iron Man has to fight an evolving alien on a space station.


3 Iron Man titles this time but he's only in the oldest 1

July 3, 2017

Peter Silvestro has delivered SECRET EMPIRE #5 in which AI Tony Stark's Underground team give up and return with only 2 fragments of the Cosmic Cube. Mockingbird betrays them and Hydra comes for them with a secret weapon - Bruce Banner.

I've added yet more comments on tie-ins to the SE issues so far.

My 2-weekly journey to Liverpool has this week netted me both current Iron-issues.

In INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #8 Ironheart is sent by Sharon Carter of SHIELD to confront Lucia Von Bardas in Latveria.

And in INFAMOUS IRON MAN #9 she captures Dr Doom in Latveria and brings him back to Carter. And these 2 stories have nothing to do with each other.

For Dark Reign I've just done updated comments again, this time in WAR MACHINE (2009) #1-5 where James Rhodes and his team contend with the Ultimo virus.

T Vernon's IRON MAN (1968) #236 concludes the Grey Gargoyle story and all the petrified women are restored to health.


Tony Stark a rebel in 2 eras

June 26, 2017

The Secret Empire bandwagon keeps trundling on as Peter Silvestro brings us SE: UNDERGROUND. Following on from SE#4 the Tony Stark AI's team leave Ultron in the Arctic to gain another Cosmic Cube fragment in the Savage Land (in the Antarctic).

My contribution to Dark Reign this week is just some updated comments for IRON MAN (2008) #8-13 as Shellhead goes on the run from Norman Osborn's forces.

And T Vernon's IRON MAN (1968) #235 is the opening of a 2-parter featuring Grey Gargoyle turning terrified women into stone statues. This was published as slasher movies were passing their high point.


Teams and team-ups

June 19, 2017

Peter Silvestro gives us 2 Secret Empire goodies this week:-

In SE#4 both sides have sent teams after Cosmic Cube fragments. Ultron/Hank Pym kidnaps them and tells them off, then gives his fragment to the Resistance out of sympathy for the underdogs.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON #23 tells us how Sam helped AI Iron Man's team get where they were going, and got carried along with them.

I've added tie-in comments to all SE issues.

Resolutely still before SE (but only until next issue) AVENGERS (2016) #8 has new pal Iron Doom called in to help them against Avenger X.

In Dark Reign MIGHTY AVENGERS (2007) #21-23 has what looks like Scarlet Witch recruit a new team of Avengers to save the world from Chthon.

And back in simpler times T Vernon tells us how IRON MAN (1968) #234 Shellhead teamed up with Spider-Man for a romp with Radioactive Man.


Stuck in the past again

June 12, 2017

We've just got 3 layers of past Iron Man-ical history to report on this week.

In 2009's Dark Reign it's *maniacal* history as Iron Patriot confronts the Young Avengers in DR:YA#4-5.

In the 1990's Peter Silvestro tells us how Tony Stark creates an armour to support Captain America's weakened body in CA (1968) #438.

And T Vernon takes us back to the 80's where IM (1968) #233 introduces us to Kathy Dare who will be a deadly new girlfriend for Tony.


Twists and turns

June 5, 2017

Peter Silvestro follows the latest Event in SECRET EMPIRE #3. Ironheart is part of Black Widow's young team. But this issue follows many other strands including showing us Sam Wilson smuggling people out of Hydra's USA.

PS also gives us SE: UPRISING where Widow's team are out to assassinate Steve Rogers. So of course Amadeus Cho and Nadia Pym infiltrate Hydra's youth choir.

I've added details of tie-ins to SE#0,2,3.

Probably before SE, Ironheart is also in INFAMOUS IRON MAN #8 where she chats with Iron Doom, as Ben Grimm chats with Reed Richards (not knowing he's really the evil Maker). And at the end Tony Stark turns up possibly as a future Sorcerer Supreme.

In Dark Reign FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2009: AVENGERS tells us how the New Avengers have to team up with the Dark Avengers to face Thor's enemy Ymir who's got hold of Odin's Twilight Sword.

T Vernon has the postscript to Armour Wars in IM (1968) #232 (pencilled by Barry Windsor-Smith) as Tony Stark wrestles with guilt, not for what he did during AW but for what the villains had done with his technology.


2 Iron Men, 2 Iron Patriots, 1 Iron Doom

May 29, 2017

AVENGERS (2016) #7 ignores Secret Empire and tells us how Iron Dr Doom recruits the Avengers because he needs young Nadia Pym to infiltrate a girls' training camp to uncover occult goings-on. But also to check her out to see if she's a mad scientist he'll have to put down.

US AVENGERS #6 is set during SE#0 where Hydra assassinate Sunspot and set Red Hulk against the rest of the team. Iron Patriot (Toni Ho) is in there.

I'm continuing my wander through Dark Reign using appearances of Iron Patriot (Norman Osborn) to justify including them in this Library. This week it's DR: YOUNG AVENGERS #2-3 where the team try to deal with a rival group using their name. Osborn isn't exactly behind these imposters, but he plans to capitalize on their actions.

T Vernon does IM (1968) #231 where Tony Stark 'kills off' the old Iron Man in the Silver Centurion suit, who'd been doing all those naughty things in Armour Wars, and introduces a 'new' IM back in red & gold. Are we fooled?