Art By Salvador Larroca
|Night Of The Long Knives|
So I'm late with my Iron Man reviews. Can you really blame me? Oh,you can,Can you? Well, i don't have to take this and nor does Tony Stark. Tony has his own problems. He's got Uncle Sam breathing down his neck. That's just like the Government to sit up and shove it's nose in the day to day operations of a guy who without any one's authority pilot a Weapon of Mass Destruction. Hey, if Captain America can vouch for him then he's gotta be good. Right?
Anyway Iron Man is doing battle with a villain named Firebrand (it's a chick) in Charlotte, North Carolina. During the fight the U.S. Government gets all Liberal and shuts down Tony's Armor and has the Detroit Steel Corps come in and stop Firebrand. Tony is feeling like his has no control over his actions anymore. He should call up Robert Downy Jr. and get some of that Avengers movie money. He sure could use a pick me up.
A great scene in this book is where The Mandarin has Zeke Stane build him some sort of Iron Man killing robot.( really now? A big robot? The damn thing looks like ED 209 from Robocop.) When the damn thing stalls The Mandarin beats the crap out of Stane. A note to white people everywhere never ever piss off an Asian person. It might resolve in a savage people that will have you telling friends and loved ones that you walked into a "door".
We learns the identity of the spy in Starks company and that the gay couple working for Tony is not all the seem to be. In fact one of them is really the Spymaster! I don't know who this guy is but the big reveal floored me. And I'm a tall guy. I won't spoil it all for you, just go buy yourself a copy. The book ends with Tony telling the Government that he quits being Iron Man.
Lot's of twist and turns and it looks like the heat is really on for Tony Stark. But you know he has something up his sleeve and i wanna know how Matt (this can't be his real last name) Fraction wraps up this story. By the way this book is still $3.99. I'm still not happy with that.