Iron Man v3 #3
Marvel Comics (April, 1998)
“The Art Of The Deal”
WRITER: Kurt Busiek
INKERS: Cannon, Hubbs, & Parsons (because the credits couldn’t bother with full names)
COLORING: Liquid! (You work for us, you don’t get acknowledged for your craft!)
LETTERING: Richard Starkings & Comicraft’s Kolja (which is still better than the coloring people got)
EDITOR: Bobbie Chase
The last time we saw Tony in his own comic he was under attack by the Dreadnaughts and the Siege Engineers, who aren’t on the same side. Iron Man uses that to his advantage and manages to rescue the Countess and her butler. Later Tony learns the full story about the Siege Engineer and their possible master. That same master still wants to blow up all the things but thanks to a plan by Iron Man he manages to defeat the Arms Merchant, the man behind the Siege Engineers and what they were doing to the Countess’ late husband’s auto factory…and why said husband expired. Now she plans to restore the family name since they’re no longer under the thumb of the Arms Merchant. Meanwhile, another employee at Stark Solutions takes a liking to Happy…or does she?
What they got right: There’s more to Iron Man than the fancy armor. Tony uses his wits to save the day, and that’s always good to see. And the Countess reforms from her early days, which was also nice.
What they got wrong:The Pepper/Happy subplot gets revealed next issue so I’ll be able to go into my problems with it then. We also see Happy being tricked again like he did with Spymaster, which makes him look like a chump.
Recommendation: I do enjoy this run and it’s too bad the Stark Solutions concept didn’t stay around longer than it did. Worth checking out.