|Beating Down The Transhuman Condition|
Drawn By Salvador Larroca
Ol' Mandarin is in for it now. Well not really. But he will be. Isn't that the way these stories go.In Mandarin City Tony Stark, Zeke Stane,Blizzard, Living Laser and Whirlwind cause a riot. Just how do they do that? They got all new armor from Tony Stark. Seems like Stark does his best work when he's up against the clock and stuck in a god forbidden place. I'm sure The Mandarin won't take it well to hear of his awesome Asian city as a dump. But hey what can you really do about it.
Iron Man 2.0 aka Rhodey's mom is visited by Pepper Potts and Bethany Cabe. They spill the beans that they know that Rhodey is alive and well. They also know that he's the new Iron Man running around the Marvel U. If this was the 80's and 90's everything that is going on in ol' shell heads book would be reflected in the other titles in the line. Iron Man 2.0 would totally be on Avengers Vs. X-Men. But it's a comic book. No need for continuity here.Matt Fraction must be taking a page out of WWE and Vince McMahon's playbook.
The newly reformed bad guys go into The Mandarins armory and destroy all the weapons of mass destruction. This joke is way to easy to make so I'll leave it be. Pepper Potts and Bethany Cabe gather a group of (wannabe) heroes called "Triumph Division" and "The Dynasty" to go and rescue Tony Stark from the hands of The Mandarin. Tony and Zeke Stank come face to face for a final showdown with The Mandarin. Man that was a lot of F's in there. Turns out the giant robots that Mandarin wanted Stark and Stane to build are really weapons of mass destruction. Mandarin plans to crack a huge hole in the center of the planet to kill us all. Oh No! So it's Tony's last stand. Not bad but not great. I have the feeling that this title is on cruise control. Maybe Tony dies next issue and we get young Iron Man back. But i doubt it.