Characters Appearing: Abe Zimmer, Bertram Hindel, FBI Agent Mallard, Felix Alvarez, Iron Man, Kathleen Dare, Marcy Pearson, Mrs. Arbogast, Rae LaCoste, War Machine
Iron Man #246
Issue(s): Iron Man #246
...but he's still focused on that problem. So when Marcy Pearson comes in to have Tony join her on an important business meeting, he tells her to take it alone.
Tony is then further rattled when his former lawyer Bertram Hindel shows up with his new client, Kathleen Dare, the woman who shot him.
Tony's current lawyer Felix Alverez chases him away with the threat of a restraining order, and Tony goes to relax in Rae LaCosta's pool. He asks Rae to go with him to the funeral of Whitney Frost, the former head of the Maggia who we found out was killed last issue.
At the funeral, some reporters turn out to be Maggia hired goons.
On surprising thing that may have meant to be a clue is that Rae LaCosta is a surprisingly good fighter.
The goons get Tony in their van and try to warn him off investigating the Maggia...
...but as soon as they dump him out of the van, Rhodey picks him up and Tony gets into his Iron Man suit.
Iron Man catches up to the van and subdues the goons.
He then turns them over to the FBI, but that's when we see that something's not quite right.
Tony later goes to his computer expert Abe Zimmer and asks him to create a computer virus that will alert him to any mention of words related to a cure for his paralysis. I guess setting up a Google Alert wouldn't have been good enough.
Then the FBI show up and give Tony a "tip" about where the Maggia might be.
Instead, when he shows up, he finds AIM in "Dread-Busters" designed to fight Dreadnoughts.
Of course, Iron Man isn't a Dreadnought.
After the attack, Iron Man realizes that the government is in on whatever is going on between the Maggia, Hydra, and AIM.
A good continuation of the Maggia plotline. Michelinie & Layton won't see it all to completion, but even what we get, including a fun crossover with the Hulk starting next issue, is enjoyable.
Quality Rating: B
Chronological Placement Considerations: This issue opens with Tony reviewing footage of the Maggia/Hydra/Atlantean encounter from Iron Man annual #10, and ruling out the idea that the Atlanteans had anything to do with the Maggia plot going on in his own book. Tony also talks about the Sub-Mariner like he's still thought to be dead. So this has to take place after Iron Man annual #10 but before the conclusion of Atlantis Attacks that reveals that Namor is alive after all.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Iron Man, Spider-Man and Cap America are the only two titles I'm enjoying at the moment.
Posted by: JSfan | October 24, 2014 12:13 PM
JSfan - don't you mean three titles?
Posted by: clyde | October 24, 2014 12:26 PM
Yeah, I'm doing a fnord.:)
Posted by: JSfan | October 24, 2014 1:06 PM
Hmm... I'm pretty sure fnord can count. :)
Posted by: Uncanny Michael | October 24, 2014 1:39 PM
"Maybe I should have fired you to another planet!"
I didn't realize Tony's quip organ was also damaged.
Posted by: david banes | October 24, 2014 2:43 PM
UM, he can count my mistake. :)
Posted by: JSfan | October 24, 2014 7:25 PM
Another clue- note that Rae's thoughts make it seem like she doesn't want to go to Whitney's funeral.
Posted by: Michael | October 25, 2014 7:52 PM
Yeah, Rae knew she was going to send Maggia goons to the funeral to kidnap Stark and give him his "friendly" warning and didn't want to be present, in case something went wrong. However, because of his request, she went and ended up being right. Fortunately for her, she was a pretty good fighter.
Posted by: Andrew Burke | October 11, 2017 9:06 AM
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