Iron Man #42-43
Issue(s): Iron Man #42, Iron Man #43
Then we get the weirdest transitional panel i've ever seen.
The "poignant" scene that comes next involves Mr. Kline's latest custom-built super-villain, Mikas (aka "Soulfather") attacking Tony Stark's ESPer girlfriend, Marianne Rodgers.
Soulfather manipulates Marianne's paranormal abilities to create illusions that lure Iron Man into breaking out of his jail cell.
It turns out the Senator that's been persecuting Stark is "Operative 12", an agent of Mr. Kline.
With Stark missing, Kevin O'Brien, one of Stark's engineers, dons a suit of armor that he developed as an emergency measure with Stark.
Meanwhile, the fight with Soulfather drags on. There's a text-heavy pin-up as Iron Man recovers from one of Mikas' attacks.
Iron Man uses up every last bit of energy in his armor, disabling the pacemaker that keeps his heart going, but he buries Soulfather in rubble and passes out just as O'Brien arrives.
O'Brien will soon be given the name "Guardsman", and the armor he's wearing will be passed on to his brother after his death, and then later used by guards at the super-villain prison called the Vault.
When Soulfather is first introduced, Mr. Kline asks him if the "Mutant Sector" has been treating him well. We'll never learn what that means, although i guess it's just the division of Mr. Kline's organization that creates all these super-villains (except the Man-Bull, who was created in a much less high-tech establishment).
The Soulfather wasn't a very inspired villain, and there's a lot of standing around posturing and a lot of illusionary demons during the fight. Little is revealed regarding Mr. Kline's motivations; indeed, Iron Man isn't even aware that someone is behind the recent super-villain attacks or the Senate inquiry.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: Takes place after Mr. Kline was revealed to be an android in Daredevil #81.
Crossover: Mr. Kline
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (1): showBen Crandal, Guardsman (Kevin O'Brien), Iron Man, Jasper Sitwell, Marianne Rodgers, Mr. Kline, Soulfather
the soulfather is really groovy.
Posted by: kveto from prague | December 10, 2011 1:42 AM
Soulfather's costume is way too much like Killraven's first outfit(and DC's Warlord's first outfit).
Posted by: Mark Drummond | December 10, 2011 7:03 PM
I may be in the minority here, but I found Mikas to be one of the better iron man villians from that period. Also, the Mr. Kline tie-in was intriguing, and coupled with George Tuska's solid artwork, issues #42 & 43 are much better than some of the previous offerings(ie. the lame white dragon storyline). Lastly, the transitional panel in issue #42 may be weird, but it stands out as being unique, as I've never seen anything like it before or since. All in all, issues #42 and #43 are above average efforts in my book.
Posted by: Mike | March 10, 2013 10:37 AM
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