Iron Man #212-213
Issue(s): Iron Man #212, Iron Man #213
Fortune had been trying to track down his love from the golden age days, Sabbath Raven. And his enemy Wolfgang Von Lundt (aka Simon Steele) lures Fortune out to the west coast with the hope that he'll find Raven there. Fortune's son, Jerry Fortunov, was all set to sign the form committing his father to a mental institution, but instead he follows him out west.
Meanwhile, Clytemnestra Erwin is not dealing well with the death of her brother Morley. It's good to see her dealing with that grief.
When Morley died, Cly's emotions were more focused on blaming Tony Stark for it than any actual grief, so it's not unwelcome for Fingeroth to raise it again here (it's not too late). Cly is now blaming science for Morley's death, and is deciding for the second time that she might quit Tony's new company. The script does acknowledge that she nearly quit once before recently and tells us that the real reason she was thinking of leaving was because of this grief.
One thing that got me wary, though, was Jim Rhodes describing Cly as "troubled". She's not "troubled", she's just understandably dealing with her brother's death.
In any event, she winds up meeting Jerry Fortunov, and the two of them share their stories.
Jerry then spots his father swinging around the city...
...and the two follow him back to where Tony and Jim are participating in a trade show.
Simon Steele had already observed the fact that in Dominic Fortune's previous two appearances, Spider-Man showed up, and he reasoned that Fortune had some kind of partnership with Spidey.
And so he's acquired Obadiah Stane's Iron Monger armor and given it to a new person to wear. The new Iron Monger shows up at the trade show chasing Dominic.
In the fastest quick-change into armor ever, Tony Stark is able to fight the Iron Monger as Iron Man.
But Stark is worried that it might be Stane in the armor, and that causes him to hesitate in battle, and that's why Fortune is seemingly killed.
This causes a change of heart in his son, who takes on the Dominic Fortune mantle.
Jerry Fortune hunts down Simon Steele, and even gets to fight vikings while doing so.
Cly is worried about him, though, and so she asks Iron Man to keep an eye on him. And so they both wind up in Steele's base, where we find that Dominic is still alive. Steele has been messing with him by showing him a woman that looks a lot like Sabbath Raven if she never aged. But we'll learn she's really "the niece of the woman you knew. The daughter of Sabbath... and of Steele's brother".
Father and son are reunited...
...and Cly gets to punch out the fake Sabbath and do some science stuff...
...but unfortunately Jerry is killed.
Steele escapes, and there's still no info on the real Sabbath. Poor Dominic is on a never-ending quest to save his girlfriend.
You'd think if Marvel wanted to keep using the Dominic Fortune property that this story would have passed on the torch from Dominic to his son. It's surprising to see them keeping David Fortunov as Dominic, considering that Marvel was already aware at this point of the sliding timescale problems that basically make it impossible for Dominic to exist. But kudos for being unpredictable.
Jerry's death makes Cly realize that she's got to be tougher and not let her own brother's death force her to give up being a scientist, so at least there's some closure there. Often fill in stories will invent new characters to create a character arc for; it was nice that Fingeroth saw an opportunity to do something with an existing supporting character. Unfortunately the next creative team will basically ignore this.
I've been calling Fingeroth's run, which has been a decent number of issues, a fill-in run, and that's confirmed in the lettercol in issue #213 when they talk about announcing their permanent creative team next issue.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: The MCP puts all of Iron Man #210-213 between West Coast Avengers #13 and Avengers annual #15. A "few days" actually take place between issues here (lord knows what Jerry's wife thinks, especially as he and Cly seem to develop a little thing) but i've left it as one story.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (2): showClytemnestra Erwin, Dominic Fortune, Dominic Fortune II, Elena Von Lundt, Iron Man, War Machine, Wolfgang Von Lundt
Cly seems to have gotten over her brother's death in this story. Which is annoying, since in her next appearance, she'll be trying to kill Tony.The Iron Man fill-ins completely contradicted the direction that Michelinie and Layton planned to go in, but unlike Englehart with Daredevil, they just decided to ignore the fill-ins instead of quitting the book.
Posted by: Michael | January 19, 2014 9:19 PM
Good idea to kill off the son. the last thing we needed was a new Dominic Fortune (Not that we ever needed the first one.)
Posted by: kveto | February 16, 2018 3:58 PM
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