The Small Lebowski:
Iron Man #146-147
Issue(s): Iron Man #146, Iron Man #147
...during this arc, and he has a new costume as well. Apparently. Without going back and comparing, the costume looks just about the same to me with a different color scheme.
(Whoops. Why Blacklash? His costume is blue and purple. OK, i guess the middle section is actually black and not just covered in shadow. When i thought it was Backlash, i figured that made sense, although i don't know why he'd change it from Whiplash. Blacklash, i don't even really understand.)
The nun-chucks, on the other hand, are definitely new.
Beyond that, I don't know why he feels the need to re-name himself. This is a guy that goes up against one of the Marvel Universe's most powerful, heavily armored super-heroes with nothing more than a tricked-out whip...
...and generally has a good showing. This arc, he pretty much destroys Stark Industries' main compound. That's not bad!
I suppose we can look to Blacklash's home life for reasons for his lack of self-confidence.
Yvette Avril, from Stark's French office, is made vice president of SE.
Bethany Cabe is heading out for Germany as a result of her visit to the West German Embassy last issue, and she's not telling Tony about it.
Michelinie and Layton do a great job using the staff of Stark Industries to deliver layered plots and good character moments.
Quality Rating: B
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (6): showArtemus Pithins, Bethany Cabe, Iron Man, Ling McPherson, Mrs. Arbogast, Vic Martinelli, War Machine, Whiplash (Blacklash), Yvette Avril
It's kinda cute that there are super-villain "molls" like Marlene here. Makes sense in the MU. And we learn that the Melter was a better date than Blacklash.
Posted by: kveto from prague | December 15, 2013 5:54 PM
The new costume is definitely an upgrade for Blacklash. Not sure why the name change was done - but he certainly looks a lot better.
I agree that any villain willing to go up against Iron Man with a "whip" and more than holding his own, is sign of a good character. Unfortunately, outside the hands of Michelenie/Layton, writers did not treat him well.
Posted by: Chris | June 6, 2015 10:16 PM
Blacklash's accidental killing of Vic Martinelli's cute little dog provoked some angry responses on the letters page a few issues later.
Posted by: Omar Karindu | April 14, 2017 9:39 PM
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