Written By Matt Fraction
Art By Salvador Larroca
This issue has death and betrayal. In the merry Marvel tradition. In the downtown area of Los Angeles War Machine goes one on one with The Melter. I know he's a really lame villain but thanks to The Mandarin, Melter gets a pretty sweet upgrade. War Machine has his hands full with The Melter but gains the upper hand after awhile.
And where is the hero of our book? Tony Stark is running around the Wilmington Oil Fields in LA in his underwear because his Iron Man armor is shut down. The U.S. Government made him wear a device called The Governor(not that evil dude from The Walking Dead) that can keep him from becoming Iron Man. So with no Armor he huffs it to be picked up by his head of security Bethany Cabe.
In a really cool turn of events The Mandarin gets the old U.S. Pentagon contracts that Tony Stark used to get. Talk about us outsourcing to the Chinese. Pepper Potts decides to play dress up and put on her old rescue armor and goes out to lend a hand to War Machine who is about to beat that no good Melter. But at the last moment The Living Laser shows up and blast War Machine right in the heart. Seemingly killing War Machine.
I say seemingly because really, when do comic book deaths really matter. Oh wait go ask Uncle Ben and Gwen Stacy. But not Bucky or Jason Todd. War Machine is then taken away and pronounced dead. But it's good news because War Machine ain't dead and he and Iron Man have now got to work in secret to beat the new suit wearing Mandarin.
All in all not a bad story. I want to see how this comes to a head with Iron Man, War Machine, The Pentagon and The Mandarin. So I'll stick around until Matt Fraction ends his run.I think that's the only reason I'm still buying this book, or maybe it's just out of habit. You decide.