Last issue, we learned Tony Stark’s armor was making him sick. In these issues, we see his competitors, Hydra, Yakuza Samurai, etc., plotting to jump into the breach.
As a result, his armor is damaged and he transitions to…
War Machine. Except he’s not.
He takes it for a test drive against some beefed up mandroids.
By #284, he’s back to his regular “Iron Man” logo. Also during this story, while Tony is sick, Jim Rhodes takes an active role and gets a job offer from Nick Fury.
And so the seeds are sown for a War Machine comic starring Rhodey.
Creators: Len Kaminski and Kevin Hopgood
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