Iron Man volume 3 #64
Marvel Comics (March, 2003)
“Standoff” part 2 (continued from Thor vol. 2 #58)
WRITER: Mike Grell
PENCILER: Alan Davis
INKER: Robin Riggs
COLORIST: Dave Kemp
ASSISTANT EDITORS: Marc Sumerak & Andy Schmidt
EDITOR: Tom Brevoort
Iron Man tries to convince Thor to stand down lest he start a world war. While Thor makes a “line in the sand” (okay, it’s more like a chasm in the ground but still…), he wonders if his friend may have a point but is still determined to defend his followers, descendants of Vikings who used to raid what is now Slokovia, which is where the genetic hatred comes from. Doom uses the opportunity to gain information on a reactor powered by the same element that powers Thor’s hammer by talking Tony (tricking him more like) into using it to power a suit of armor. Iron Man tries again to reach Thor but they end up in battle, Captain America stopping by to try to protect the US soldiers moving in and maybe stop this fight before it somehow gets worse. [concluded in Avengers volume 3 #64]
What they got right: Okay, Iron Man armor powered by the same energy used by the Norse gods? Already cool. Thor is having doubts about whether or not he’s doing the right thing even how things are going down. I do like the art. I don’t love it but I do like it.
What they got wrong: The design of the aforementioned “Thorbuster” armor. (The name it’s know by later, and I’m already not thrilled with an armor named specifically for busting a friend of his. At least the Hulkbuster armor makes more sense given the Hulk’s volatile nature.) He just looks like a muscular dude with a flat-headed bucket helmet. It isn’t terrible, just not very impressive to me. Also, if Tony had plans to only use the reactor for peaceful advancement, why does he have an armor that if powered by it would be used to fight Thor? Also, it doesn’t say which comic this continues off of unless I couldn’t find it. It isn’t from the previous issue so I could see someone who doesn’t read Thor and missed the solicit I saw at the time would be confused.
Recommendation: Still a good story. Hopefully the conclusion next time will make this a comic worth reading but it’s still worth checking into even at this point.