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Iron Man Annual #13: Review

Jan 1992
Len Kaminski, Gene Colan

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Assault on Armor City, Pt. 3, Destroy!

Review & Comments

3.5 stars

Iron Man Annual #13 Review by (July 17, 2018)
Comments: Main story falls between issues #283 and 284; it is part three in the three-part adventure which began in DARKHAWK ANNUAL #1 and continued in AVENGERS WEST COAST ANNUAL #7. Kearson DeWitt previously battled Iron Man in issue #258-266; this caps off his career and answers some earlier questions. Next annual: 1993.

Review: Another passable annual from this period of Marvel's history. The main story is halfway decent, being mainly a rehash of Iron Man's confrontation with Kearson DeWitt in issue #266, only with more useless heroes involved. “Cold Fire” and “Five Minutes” are okay stories, both involving Iron Man running a gauntlet. “Mrs A” is fairly amusing and “Annual Report” is junk.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Iron Man Annual #13 Synopsis by T Vernon

Stark Enterprises is under attack from A.I.M. forces; Hawkeye and Wonder Man are leading the defense.... Meanwhile, Tony Stark is leading an assault on A.I.M.'s base with Darkhawk, Scarlet Witch, and Spider-Woman. Rhodey goes in wearing the Mauler armor to take down the guards—and then he's blown apart. Good thing he was operating the armor remotely. U.S. Agent arrives, joining the others for the attack. Tony orders them to evacuate as he is going in as Iron Man. Entering the A.I.M. stronghold he discovers his enemy is Kearson DeWitt, the man responsible for the neural parasite which is killing Tony. As Iron Man battles three remote units wearing the Iron Monger armor, he asks why DeWitt has a grudge against Stark; DeWitt reveals that Stark stole designs created by DeWitt's father, ruining him. Iron Man fires a plasma cannon, the neural feedback kills DeWitt, creating a chain reaction that destroys the base. Tony decides he will never be able to keep his designs out of enemy hands so he's just have to be two steps ahead of them.

Characters: Iron Man (TS), Darkhawk, West Coast Avengers, Hawkeye, Wonder Man, Scarlet Witch, Spider-Woman (Julia Carpenter), USAgent, James Rhodes

Villains:Kearson DeWitt

Story #2

Stark Enterprises Annual Report

Writer: Richard Ashford. Penciler: Dave Johnson. Inker: Dave Johnson. Colorist: Su McTeigue.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Excerpt from Stark's annual report is just a short list of popular Iron Man villains.

Story #3

Cold Fire

Writer: John Tomlinson. Penciler: Andrew Currie. Inker: Andrew Currie. Colorist: Marcus David.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

In the days of detente, Iron Man is asked by the Russian leaders to disarm the deactivated Siberian base called Bitterfrost (previously visited in IRON MAN #229). When he arrives though, he finds himself drenched in acid, a hologram of the supposedly dead Gremlin telling him he has an hour before the acid burns through his armor and kills him—and that there is an antidote at the center of the base. Iron Man battles through various traps and defenses, all while the Gremlin mocks him. When he reaches the inner sanctum, the recording of the deceased Gremlin reveals there is no antidote. Iron Man takes a gamble and leaps at the laser fire the follows: it tears the ruined armor off of him, freeing Tony to shut down the base. As he starts his long way back to civilization, he wonders if the end of the Soviet Union will lead to peace.

Story #4

Mrs A. Takes a Holiday

Writer: Richard Ashford. Penciler: Cooper Smith. Inker: Andrew Pepoy. Colorist: Ken Feduniewicz.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Mrs Arbogast has a family emergency and must take a day off from Stark Enterprises, sending her inexperienced niece Alison to fill in for her. Alison bungles appointments leaving a Senator mad at Tony so he goes down to his lab to continue his experiment as Iron Man. A distraction causes him to short the generator on a micro-electromagnet which hurls him high into the sky where he is able to get a grip on it and force it down to Earth again, crashing through the ceiling into Tony's office. The magnetic quality switches on and everything metal in the vicinity comes crashing towards Shellhead until he is able to fuse the circuits and destroy the machine. With the entire floor a shambles, Tony has to hire someone to work fast and rebuild the offices before Mrs A returns. Tony and Alison await her arrival early the next day and, sure enough, she spots something wrong: her seat cushion is missing...

Story #5

Five Minutes

Writer: Tom Brevoort. Writer: Mike Kanterovich. Penciler: Chuck Wostkiewicz. Inker: Tim Dzon. Colorist: Pat Garrahy.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Iron Man's remote armor is hijacked by Hydra while on a space mission and brought to their island base. Tony Stark dons his stealth armor and heads out to recover it. With the invisible armor he is able to sweep over the island, blinding guards and reaching their testing ground where he sabotages several huge armored suits they are working with. Smashing into the central lab, he finds Hydra scientists experimenting with his stolen armor. They can detect the stealth armor though and have the advanced armor battle Tony. It goes poorly until Tony is able to override their control link, which causes some nasty feedback which sets off a chain reaction, destroying the island base. Tony and his recovered armor take off; total elapsed time of the mission: five minutes.

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Gene Colan
Gene Colan
George Roussos
Mike Manley (Cover Penciler)
Mike Manley (Cover Inker)
Letterer: Jim Novak.
Editor: Nel Yomtov. Editor-in-chief: Tom DeFalco.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Clint Barton)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
James Rhodes
James Rhodes

Scarlet Witch
Scarlet Witch

(Wanda Maximoff)
U.S. Agent
U.S. Agent

(John Walker)

Plus: Darkhawk, Kearson DeWitt, Spider-Woman (Julia Carpenter).

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