Iron Man #60-61
Issue(s): Iron Man #60, Iron Man #61
And then Iron Man just shreds the hell out of the armor the Marauder gave Steele.
Even the fight with the Masked Marauder goes well at first...
...but then the Marauder uses his dumb flashlight power...
...and manages to take Iron Man prisoner.
Now don't you fear, the Marauder gets his face-punching in the end.
But it takes the whole second issue to get to it, and then Iron Man has to fight Steele again.
Personally, i blame the solar powered armor. Iron Man talks about it like it's a positive; an advantage over the Marauder's goons. But logically, as much as i'm in favor of solar power, there ought to be some kind of trade-off. This armor is more environmentally friendly, but it's weaker or doesn't hold a charge as long. There's nothing in the story to support this, except for again, the fact that there's a two-issue arc against the Masked Marauder.
This line, where the Marauder says he's "moving up" to blackmail made me wish he was fighting the Thing so that he could say, "Haw haw! You call dat moving up? You sure you're cut out for super-villainy? Maybe stealin' candy from babies is more your level!" or something. Iron Man lets the opportunity slide.
In subplots, Roxanne Gilbert doesn't want Tony to visit her at the hospital because he's a weapons manufacturer, and even the nurses get in on the criticism.
Meanwhile, Happy continues to stew about Pepper's traveling. And Tony's inner playboy can unconsciously sense that Pepper might be available again, so he suddenly starts showing up at her hotel room in the middle of the night.
I guess it's only a total of three issues so far where Happy is expressing his anger over Pepper getting a job again, but since there's no movement in the sub-plot, he just winds up repeating himself and therefore looking more and more like a crazy person. If you're going to have sub-plots you have to actually move them forward.
Granted, at the end of this arc, Pepper receives a telegram from Happy saying he wants a divorce.
Quality Rating: C-
Chronological Placement Considerations: The whole period where Iron Man is in Detroit, until Iron Man #67, takes place between Avengers #119-120.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
I don't know. The Masked Maurader is so over the top in his "villany" and super-villain dialouge that I kinda like him. At least he has the brains here to take on a foe that he can actually use his power against.
Posted by: Kveto from Prague | March 25, 2013 5:09 AM
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