When you think of the greatest mechanized hero of the modern era, only two words come to mind: DETROIT STEEL. You wanted the best? You got the best. But the best comes at a price. Meanwhile Pepper Potts is on the road to recovery, but nothing is free from complication in Tony Stark’s world — and this one’s a doozy, even if it means the debut of an all-new RESCUE. The Pentagon keep shutting War Machine out, and the new offices of Stark Resilient let everyone in for a big coming-out party…with special guests Justine and Sasha Hammer.


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  1. For those of you antsy for some punching, I’d say this is the one you’ve been waiting for.

  2. Cool.  I don’t necessarily need non-stop fighting, but I don’t read the book to watch Tony give job interviews.

  3. @malecema: Look it might not be sexy but finding good help is important to any super hero organization.

  4. @Uspunx: LOL, actually, that’s my favorite part of this book. It’s like a behind-the-scenes look at Stark Enterprises. 🙂

  5. @JJ:Yea the first arc was kind a look at Stark while it was huge and this arc is looking at the company as a fledgling with a great idea. I do have to ask what the F*&$ took so long for Stark to realize that he could power the entire world for like free.

  6. I’m actually really enjoying the half of the plot dedicated to building Stark Resilient more than the actual superhero stuff. Unfortunately I MUCH prefer the art when Tony’s face is safely inside hidden by his helmet… I feel like I’m getting half a great comic on any given page, but it’s a different half!

  7. Come on now. I know we are a sophisticated bunch and don’t want to seem too caveman like, but we can have some blasting and punching mixed in with the fascinating world of corporate intrigue and white collar crime.

  8. @scorpion: You’ll get it. Probably in this issue.

  9. I better get it or I’ll . . . continue to complain while still loving the book.

    And I do love this book. Will probably end up picking up the omnibus even though I got the first hardcover the rest of the issues.

  10. In this issue Tony goes over the W-4 with his latest hire, Ralph the janitor. Ralph just can’t figure out how many deductions he should take! You have no dependents, Ralph! Play it safe and take the minimum. Worse come to worse you get a big return in April.

  11. @Jim: HA! Nicely done! 😀

  12. I get that this book is slow and full of talking heads, and that the art isn’t for everyone, but I consistently enjoy this book every week, and it’s a testament to fraction’s talent as a writer that while the story is crazy decompressed, it is still easy to follow every month

  13. Well, you guys didn’t get your face-punching but I still liked this issue 🙂

  14. Invincible Iron Man 29 starring Josh Holloway, Nicole Kidman, and no backgrounds.

  15. JumpingJupiter!!!! Don’t mislead me! Don’t play with my emotions!

    This book is going for the world record of mainstream superhero comics without having the main character throw a punch or blast something.

    Over 10 issues . . .

    4/5 Still damn good.

  16. I asked Fraction on twitter if Tony weighs like 350lbs now because he is carrying his whole suit inside him. Didn’t get a reply though.

  17. Good, solid issue. Wasn’t as overly impressed with the art this issue, some panels worked for me and some didn’t. Nice to see Pepper back suited too, and little RT moment toward the end of the book.



  18. @Scorpion: Heh heh, we’re witnessing comics history!!! 😀

  19. Fraction probably bet some other creator that he could pull it off. 

    I wonder how this book is selling now?

    Sometimes in the art, the eyes are dead and the faces are devoid of any emotion. The art at times looks a bit wierd. It seemed to happen more often in this issue.

  20. The way Fraction has been tweeting the action is going to be crazy good when it actually goes down in the next few issues. apparently the action set-piece was so big he had to extend the arc by one issue

  21. So larocca can’t even draw a nine without copying it? Nice to see The Fangs of the Serpent making a cameo on the cover for the next issue!!!

  22. I hate to break it to Pepper, but in that bright red tux, Tony does indeed look like a pimp. Or maybe Captain Kangaroo.

  23. Usually the art is fine but this issue was just weak. Like I hated the wa y Rhodey was ‘drawn’

  24. Between this issue and last month’s, the real Rhodey seems to have vanished and been replaced w/ Terrance Howard.

  25. It did look like he was trying to make Rhodey look like Terrance Howard.  I think this is it for me until a new arc starts up or something.  I can’t belive I’m saying it but I’m now actually dreading what Fraction might do to Thor when he takes that over.

  26. The art is so bad.  Top panel on page 7, what is this guy looking at?  An invisible iPhone?  Third panel on page 6 – since when do you have to hold you phones at head height to d/l an app?  And what is the kid on the right doing?  Rhodey’s eyes are alternatively blue and brown.

     Now on the writing – decompression in itself is not bad but it when we have 3 pages dedicated to explaining how ‘nerds’ are going to pilot cruise missiles with smart phones, something is wrong.  It could have been done in two panels.  Decompression is not a replacement for having good ideas.

     This title is DROPPED! 

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