Characters Appearing: Iron Man
Iron Man #79
Issue(s): Iron Man #79
We admit it! Our continuity has been shot to pieces by the Dreaded Deadline of Doom! We hate as much as you to break into our Super-Villain War just as it nears its dramatic conclusion, but in this emergency we've brought up this special line-up of designated pinch hitters... Next ish we'll be back where we belong... we promise!
This story is a very silly haunted hotel story. The breakout star is this cat, recently adopted by a couple that Iron Man rescues during a storm.
Instead of just carrying the couple to safety (like, maybe in their broken down car), he leaves them stranded on the side of the road in the rain, flies to the nearest town, and then rents a car as Tony Stark and drives back to pick them up. They then all go to the haunted hotel to spend the night. And of course as soon as trouble breaks out, Stark is back in his Iron Man costume. He has to fight Quasar.
Ok, it's not that Quasar. This one is a super-evolved ape. The mad scientist owner of the hotel - a Professor Kurakill, supposedly pronounced "cure or kill" - is into swapping brains and super-evolving animals and that sort of thing.
But like i said, the breakout star of the issue is the cat, Zero.
Zero the Electro-Cat even ensures that Professor Kurakill will be eaten by her own "neo-ape" captives.
Yes, coming soon in her own series, it's Zero!
Quality Rating: D+
Chronological Placement Considerations: This issue seems to reference the early events of the War of the Super-Villains...
...so i've placed this after that story, which ran from Iron Man #74-81.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Maybe Zero and Niles can create their own "feline hero club"...maybe they could let Lockheed or Lockjaw hang around for fun and laughs.
Posted by: Ataru320 | August 11, 2015 7:32 PM
Fnord, I think the point is that Zero is the scientist's assistant.
Posted by: Michael | August 11, 2015 8:11 PM
Don't ruin the magic, Michael.
Posted by: fnord12 | August 11, 2015 8:45 PM
I love how the professor is "flirting with the very laws of psychic energy conservation" -- the sort of pseudo-science term that us dedicated comic book readers often take in without a second thought, but if someone used it in casual conversation, we would likely be deeply puzzled and concerned. I'd love to hear it used in a Marvel movie and see how it went over with an audience.
The comics nerd in me, though, wonders: if the professor is right in her statement, then everything Professor X and other psychic characters can do in the Marvel Universe must conform to these laws. That would be a strange graduate thesis to write on...
Posted by: Aaron Malchow | August 11, 2015 9:17 PM
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