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June 24, 2011

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

Filed under: Blurbs — Chris Eckert @ 7:22 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:


Thank Heaven for small favors!


  1. Chris-
    The most bizarre part is that, after this story wraps with issue 7, there’s a 0.1 issue “jumping on point”, which is followed by parts 5 and 6 of the first story arc. This book is kind of a mess.

    I find myself agreeing with your last podcast more and more.

    Comment by Paul — June 30, 2011 @ 11:07 am

  2. […] I read a few issues of Iron Man 2.0. It was a Nick Spencer/Ariel Olivetti book at the beginning, but Kano and Carmine Di Giadomenico (who I like a whole lot) pinch hit a bit. I was unimpressed. I was actually sort of annoyed when Rhodey slipped further and further into the background. I hit one issue where Rhodey wasn’t in it at all, or on one page or something ridiculous like that. And then Fear Itself hit and the book turned into Cast-Off Iron Fist Characters Monthly (sometimes featuring War Machine). Chris Eckert did a pretty good job of breaking down why that sucks over here. […]

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