Set up to be an epic tale, Armor Wars falls short. For one thing, there's little here beyond a series of iron-on-iron fights that Iron Man ultimately -- and often very easily -- wins. It grows tiresome fairly quickly. Also, one wonders -- if it's so easy for the hero to find and subdue these various armor-powered bad guys -- why he didn't do it sooner.
Besides, since Tony Stark in his civilian identity as a defense contractor sold the technology to the government, he actually does cross the line and become a crook when he takes it back, causing untold damage and injury in the process. Of course, you just know Stark is going to find a way to escape any kind of real penalty for his wrongs.
A lot of folks point to this episode as a thrilling climax in Iron Man's ongoing storyline, but it falls flat for me. The battles are monotonous, Stark's tortured inner monologue -- often recited ad nauseum to chum Jim Rhodes just so readers can be reminded every few pages why he's doing this -- is tedious, and the lack of any real consequence for his crimes is disappointing.
by Tom Knapp, the Rambles. NET guy
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Millionaire industrialist Tony Stark is an inventive genius who has dedicated all of his enormous financial and intellectual resources to a single guiding principle: the creation of technology for the betterment of humanity. Stark's greatest creation is a modern-day miracle: a suit of form-fitting, strength-enhancing, steel-mesh armor he dons to become the living symbol of his ideals, the Invincible Iron Man! But when Stark discovers that the same technology he used to create the Iron Man armor - technology so secret he didn't even dare patent it - is now in the hands of several deadly super-villains, he feels responsible for the evil they have done with the high-tech tools he unwittingly provided. In the face of objections from his government, friends, colleagues and fellow super heroes, Stark swears to use the power of Iron Man to bring the evil to an end - and to take back what's his. The Beatle, Stilt Man, the Controller, Stingray, the Mandroids, the Guardsmen and Firepower don't know it yet, but they've got a problem. The world's most powerful force for good isn't playing by the rules anymore. And he's coming for them Collects Iron Man #225-232.