Iron Man #258-266 (1990-1991): Armor Wars II

John Byrne takes over for Armor Wars II, in which Living Laser seeks revenge on Iron Man while, at the same time, industrial sabotage and Mandarin attack him as well.

Also Fin Fang Foom.

During all these, Tony is only able to move around due to an implant (remember, he got shot a long time ago and was fully paralyzed), and the same bad corporate siblings from Byrne’s Namor comic manage to keep shutting off that device via remote control.  Which is really, really dumb.  Why would Tony allow anyone to have control over the device that un-paralyzes him?

Jim Rhodes fights that side of the battle, figuring out who within Stark International sold out the boss, and taking him down—putting the Iron Man armor back on at one point.

Hank Pym and Wonder Man help out during one of Tony’s episodes being paralyzed.

Eventually, the saboteur is uncovered and Living Laser is defeated, but the Mandarin plotline continues—and the Fin Fang Foom story is tied to it.  So more Fin in the future, I assume.

Creators: John Byrne, John Romita Jr.
Grade: C

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