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Invincible Iron Man #299: Review

Dec 1993
Len Kaminski, Kev Hopgood

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The Doomsday Machine!

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4 stars

Invincible Iron Man #299 Review by (November 13, 2018)
Comments: Part two of three parts. First appearance of Philip “Raven” Grant. Marcy Pearson was a fan of MAX HEADROOM (a very cool sci-fi TV series from the 1980s). Last appearance of Earth-Mover (a shame as I liked him). It is explained that tectonic movements shifted Ultimo underground from where he was buried in Washington DC across the country to California. If you say so.

Review: Another spectacular battle scene, this time against an Ultimo far scarier than in any of his previous appearances. And I liked Earth-Mover and don't know why they so casually threw him under the bus in his second appearance. The goofiest moment comes when Veronica Benning distracts Tony while he's fighting a giant monster to have the “we need to break up” talk. The maudlin romantic bits threaten to knock the issue off the rails but we get back on track quickly enough. And angry Rhodey is still taking some time to get used to; at least it's moving into his own book with him. But Ultimo trumps everything and makes the issue a winner.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Invincible Iron Man #299 Synopsis by T Vernon
Ultimo has returned, his programming by the Mandarin now erased, he has reverted to its prime directive: exterminate all life on Earth. Absorbing his strength from a thermonuclear coupling similar to Iron Man's, Ultimo battles Iron Man and Earth-Mover, melting the latter with one blast of his eye-beams. Tony Stark decides to call in reinforcements but at that moment, Veronica Benning enters his office and explains how their mutual attraction requires her to resign as his therapist and they should never see each other again. While Tony is distracted, Ultimo crushes Iron Man under foot....

At an LA bar, Marcy Pearson meets freelance hacker Philip Grant, nicknamed “Raven” and hires him for the task of breaking into Stark Enterprises....

When Iron Man finally extricates himself from the ground, he goes in search of Ultimo and finds the giant monster causing mayhem in a nearby town. Iron Man attacks but his repulsors don't even make a dent in the creature. Ultimo hurls a gas truck at his enemy and it explodes, knocking Iron Man flat. The giant picks up the helpless armor and tears it into little pieces, the neural feedback nearly killing Tony. Happy Hogan and Mrs. Arbogast break into Tony's office and find him apparently dead. Meanwhile, Ultron moves on, in the direction of Futura, California....

Story 2:- “Wake Up Call”

Writer: Len Kaminski. Pencils: Steve Ellis. Inks: Don Cameron. Colors: Ariane Lenshoek

Synopsis: Tony Stark is in surgery, medicos led by Erica Sondheim trying to save his life. His loved ones (Happy and Pepper, Mrs Arbogast, Felix Alvarez, Abe Zimmer) gathering around. Mrs A. knows just who to call: James Rhodes. She fills him in on the situation but he doesn't want to help because of the bitter rift between him and Tony. Mrs Arbogast shames him for holding a grudge and hangs up. Rhodey ponders this then calls back, issues some orders then suits up as War Machine and he's on his way....

Story #2

Wake Up Call

Writer: Len Kaminski. Penciler: Steve Ellis. Colorist: Ariane Lenshoek.

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Kev Hopgood
Steve Mitchell
Ariane Lenshoek
Kev Hopgood (Cover Penciler)
Steve Mitchell (Cover Inker)
Letterer: Phil Felix.
Editor: Nel Yomtov. Editor-in-chief: Tom DeFalco.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Pepper Potts
Pepper Potts

(Pepper Hogan)
War Machine
War Machine

(James Rhodes)

Plus: Abe Zimmer, Earth-Mover, Erica Sondheim, Felix Alvarez, Marcy Pearson, Mrs. Arbogast, Raven (Philip Grant), Ultimo, Veronica Benning.

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