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I Am Pretty Sure Marvel Mislabeled Fear Itself: Immortal Weapons #2 as Iron Man 2.0 #6

Posted by on Friday, June 24th, 2011 at 07:22:49 PM

Iron Man 2.0 #6 came out this week, the second part of the book’s tie-in to Fear Itself. And by tying into Fear Itself, I mean that Nick Spencer really wanted to write an Iron Fist/Immortal Weapons series, and I guess all of the editors were so busy coordinating a summer crossover that he snuck it into a book ostensibly about James Rhodes/War Machine/Iron Man 2.0. If you’re looking for some Rhodey action, you should probably look elsewhere! Not to spoil things, but here’s the sum total of his dialogue in this issue:

“The middle of Beijing, it looks like.”

“Didn’t work. Where are these reinforcements you were telling me about?”

“We all did.”

“I figure I’m clear either way.”

“What the hell is she talking about? That’s not the Titania I’ve dealt with before–”

And lest you think this is some arty minimalist dialogue comic, no: our titular hero’s input is outstripped by that of Sharon Carter, Maria Hill, Steve Rogers, Sun Wukong, Prince of Orphans, Fat Cobra, Iron Fist, Titania, the Absorbing Man, and Dr. Strange. Rhodes gets about as much dialogue as an unnamed demon working for the tailless Monkey King. War Machine is just along for the ride, and this book could have very easily existed without him in it at all. Rough going for a character who recently had one book canceled out from beneath him in twelve misses, and whose current book is just barely above the Comic Book Mendoza Line of 20,000 copies sold monthly.

Still, let’s look on the bright side! Marvel doesn’t share its Distinguished Competition’s marketing tactic for summer movies. It could be worse! The cover to this issue could’ve looked like this:

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Thank Heaven for small favors!

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