Iron Man volume 3 #70
Marvel Comics (September, 2003)
“Vegas Bleeds Neon” part 1
WRITER: Robin Laws
PENCILER: Robert Teranishi
INKER: Eric Cannon
COLORIST: Tony Avina
LETTERER: Randy Gentile
ASSISTANT EDITORS: Marc Sumerak & Andy Schmidt
EDITOR: Tom Brevoort
Tony finds himself in need of a vacation and gets a chance when former employee Saige Kaufman, who is now a private investigator, contacts Tony with a design apparently made by Howard Hughes (as Tony notes, one of the few people a rich industrial inventor has for a role model, later years aside) that’s tied to a missing person case she’s investigating in Las Vegas. While they don’t find her target they do manage to stop a ring of kidnap/mugging thieves. Tony tries a different angle to find out who took the missing person which garners the attention of casino owner Marc Vicus. Later that night something oozes into Tony’s hotel room, takes over the Iron Man armor, and attacks Tony.
What they got right: A minor mystery to leave you unprepared for the more science fictiony mystery. Nice move. The story itself is well done and at least it looks like Iron Man will be important to the story eventually. I hope.
What they got wrong: Yes, Tony, until Rumiko officially dumps your uncompassionate backside and tells Pepper what she can do with herself it IS wrong to already prepare to flirt with the pretty blonde investigator before you even get to Vegas. Just another reason she should dump him the way he’s being written.
Recommendation: The story is starting out okay but it won’t be until the arc ends that I can pass final judgement. That’s just the way they write comics nowadays, with no concern for the monthly periodicals or how those should be used. No, I won’t go into that rant this time but we’ll have to wait a couple of weeks for a proper recommendation for or against.