I can't wait for the relaunch of this book. I can start running this book down on the podcast instead. Eh, i'm just kidding. Or am I? Only future Tash knows for sure. In this issue Tony Stark is still slaving away in Mandarin City. Tony is building giant robots to house whatever is living inside The Mandarin's rings. Tony finishes three out of ten and Mandarin tells Tony to hurry the hell up. If he's gonna take over the world it's got to be on a schedule. Some people just work better that way.
Back in the good ol' US of A, Pepper Potts and Resilient launch the Swarm which is really just the Marvel U. version of the Cloud. Hey, remember Split lip? The little elf that helped Iron Man during Fear Itself? No? Well shit, neither did Matt Fraction because in this issue he shows up. The day when you can't keep up with an elf that once lived in Asgard as a supporting character in your book is a sad day for comics in general.
Oh yeah, back to the comic. Pepper Potts in her Rescue armor runs into Iron Man 2.0 and pulls off his boot. His foot is black? Why is there only one black guy in the Iron Man corner of the Marvel Universe and it's Rhodey. Pepper put it all together (it really took ten panels to figure that one out) and concludes Tony and Rhodey have some master plan.
The ending sees that Zeke Stane is 100% with the help of Tony Stark and they get all of Iron Man's villains to agree to join them so they can team up and take down The Mandarin. I guess they can all agree that they don't want to be bossed around by an Asian guy with flowing hair and a ring on each finger. When you really think about it, The Mandarin comes across as a mean old pimp. That's it Mandarin, put Tony Stark on the corner and make you some money. True Story.