Characters Appearing: Butterfly, Century, Chu Lo Yan, Cybermancer II, Deluge, Foundry (Avatars), Iron Man, Mandarin, Old Woman, PLATO, Q'Wake, Scarlet Witch, Sickle, Spider-Woman (Julia Carpenter), Su Yin, USAgent, War Machine
War Machine #10
Issue(s): War Machine #10
After that, we get the reconciliation between Stark and Rhodey.
The team gets to Hong Kong and fights their way through the Mandarin's goons. Century is feeling better now that he's closer to his staff.
They find Suzi Endo at the Stark lab. She's been unconscious but she recovers.
Stark needs tech from his main lab and he's able to have it delivered instantly.
I know that Force Works is on the outs with the Avengers and that Dr. Strange is not his usual self nowadays. But if Stark is able to contact PLATO and get stuff sent to Hong Kong, it raises the question of why the team isn't able to request some kind of outside help considering the magnitude of the threat.
Meanwhile, the Mandarin hears from the people he claims to be helping with his removal of technology. No one buys into the idea.
As i've noted before, the idea was to give the Mandarin a motivation that put him on par with Magneto and Dr. Doom. But while Magneto attracted actual mutants to his cause and Dr. Doom's subjects at least sometimes appear to genuinely appreciate him (and when he has conquered the world, he's been shown to competently rule it), Mandarin's goals are dismissed by everyone who hears them right off the bat.
Anyway, the anti anti-technology technology is completed just as the Mandarin gets outraged at the backtalk from his subjects, and that's the end of this issue.
Quality Rating: C
Chronological Placement Considerations: This is part five of Hands of the Mandarin. The sixth and final part is in Iron Man #312. (The chapter numbers for these final two issues aren't on the covers, but they are on the interior title pages.)
Crossover: Hands of the Mandarin
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: Hands of the Mandarin TPB
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