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Invincible Iron Man #3: Review

Jan 1997
Jim Lee, Whilce Portacio

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3 stars

Invincible Iron Man #3 Review by (July 23, 2019)
Review: This issue is actually pretty cool: all of Tony's most obnoxious qualities have been sloughed off in the interests of making the plot move smoothly. We've also got Pepper Potts as possibly the most likable character in the series thus far (not counting the Thing) and the introduction of two promising villains. And the FF's guest appearance makes perfect sense though Johnny and Sue don't have very much to do. Reed is reasonable and Benjy is Benjy, in a bit that makes him seem almost identical to the one from the familiar 616 world. This series might actually improve as Lee and Lobdell get the hang of it. And it's been a while since we've seen the absurdly inflated Hulk.
Big Question: Why does Madame Hydra look like a guy who has been punched in the face a lot? Really, Steranko's Madame was one of the hottest babes in Marvel History but this one looks like Roy Scheider on a bad day/in ALL THAT JAZZ.

Comments: First appearance of the new Fantastic Four in this title. First appearance of Whirlwind. First appearance/origin of the Living Laser.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Invincible Iron Man #3 Synopsis by Kevin Hollander
The Fantastic Four learn of the disturbance at the Buffalo annex of Stark International and convince Nick Fury to allow them to investigate. Jasper Sitwell is not happy about this - noting he "allowed" them here as a favor to Fury. He attempts to dissuade them from continuing but Richards insists that despite what has happened to them since college, Stark needs his real friends.

Stark makes his way to Pepper Potts’ house where he receives a quick recharge from a car battery. She then sneaks him back into Stark International for repairs.

The Fantastic Four pay Iron Man a visit at Stark International looking for the missing Tony Stark. As Iron Man, Stark attacks the Thing until they are separated by Richards. Pepper quickly explains that Iron Man is Stark’s personal bodyguard and has "Iron Man" retrieve "Tony Stark" from his secured location to prove that everything is under control. Whether or not Richards believe it, they accept this explanation. Stark tells his old friend that for the first time in years, he feels more in control of his life.

In upstate New York Arthur Parks says goodbye to his wife and returns to his company Parks Fibreoptics. Years ago Stark manipulated him into selling controlling ownership of his company and sold it out from under him. This ruined his life and the lives of his employees. In a last desperate act, Parks performs one final experiment upon himself to take revenge on Tony Stark

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Whilce Portacio
Scott Williams
Joe Chiodo
Whilce Portacio (Cover Penciler)
Scott Williams (Cover Inker)
Letterer: Comicraft.
Editor: Mike Heisler.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Human Torch
Human Torch

(Johnny Storm)
Invisible Woman
Invisible Woman

(Sue Storm)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Mr. Fantastic
Mr. Fantastic

(Reed Richards)
Pepper Potts
Pepper Potts

(Pepper Hogan)

(Ben Grimm)

Plus: Jasper Sitwell, Whirlwind (David Cannon).

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