Iron Man #138-139
Issue(s): Iron Man #138, Iron Man #139
Instead of going home, Tony, Rhodey, and Beth all go to investigate the guy who hired Beth in the first place. But it turns out he's been replaced by the Spymaster, who kidnaps Bethany and steals Stark's briefcase. Tony finds a check that shows that Spymaster is being paid by Williams Innovations, which he knows to be a front for the Maggia. Indeed, Spymaster is working for Madame Masque (see note below).
Tony and Rhodey infiltrate Masque's base dressed as telephone repair men, but Whitney catches Tony just as he's putting his armor back on. Oh, and she's got a whole bunch of Dreadnoughts with her.
Meanwhile Rhodey gets involved in a cool helicopter chase with the Spymaster, leaving the Spymaster dumped in the water.
I don't know about you, but i can just hear the Magnum P.I. theme music.
And Bethany and Masque have a confrontation. Masque tries to reveal that Tony Stark and Iron Man are one and the same, but Beth just casually says "I know." and proceeds to harangue Masque for leaving Stark, which created a desperation in him that led him to drink.
Whitney is overwrought and falls apart. Beth lets her go.
The Dreadnoughts suffer from a bit of Diminishing Threat Syndrome, and Bethany & Whitney's confrontation may be a little overly dramatic, but overall this is was good. Layton does a fine job on pencils. Probably inspired by the Dreadnoughts, he gets into a little bit of Steranko-esque panel layouts.
A note on the Madame Masque appearing here: per Kurt Busiek's Avengers run (vol 3. Avengers #32-34), all Madame Masque appearances after Iron Man #116 (the death of her father, Count Nefaria) are actually a "Bio-Duplicate".
Quality Rating: B
Chronological Placement Considerations: Takes place soon after Stark got the news last issue that Lindsay was put into the hospital, so no Iron Man appearances should take place between #137 and #138.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
bleh, I hated that they made Madame Masque just another angry woman scorned.
Posted by: Suzanne | March 5, 2013 4:53 PM
Bethany Cabe must have been listening to Rod Stewart's Maggie May a lot, because y'know there's always a woman to blame for every man's shortcomings. Wonder how smug she'd be if she knew she was only talking to a bio-duplicate. Meow.
Posted by: Holt | April 9, 2018 6:47 AM
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