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Invincible Iron Man #6
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: 02/03/2016

The new story arc The War Machines begins in the sixth installment of The Invincible Iron Man. Though visually more of a War Machine story than an Iron Man story, we are never left questioning whether Marvel inadvertently put the wrong character's name on the title page of this book. Tony Stark is definitely the center of attention, just as he likes it. Mike Deodato and Frank Martin do a solid job as an art team, but personally, I think we were spoiled by the beautiful job Marquez and Ferry did in the first arc.

Being a fan of both Iron Man and War Machine helps with this issue, since Rodey's alter ego takes the heroic lead in this story as the arc's title suggests. Tony sends War Machine to find out what Madame Masque stole from Stark Tower in Japan. The movement of the story has a very clandestine feel to it; Deodato's art and Martin's colors only enhance the feel of War Machine being on a very under the radar mission.

My absolute favorite part of the book is the ongoing subplot with Doctor Doom. Doom puts Tony on his guard simply by showing up. The banter between them is humorous in a typical Brian Michael Bendis way, but not only that, Bendis takes it a step further and injects within this diatribe with Tony's girlfriend of the week, Amara attempting to figure out what the deal is between these two; and if that isn't enough, Doom – who is completely calm, while Tony is nearly flipping out – off the cuff and in the midst of this exchange, advises Amara to move to human testing in her Alzheimer's research. This is Bendis brilliance.

Invincible Iron Man #6 is a solid start to a new story arc that leaves me intrigued and wanting more. Is it a fantastic issue? No, but it's definitely worth the read. I prefer Marquez and Ferry's art, but Mike Deodato and Frank Martin are well suited to the clandestine tone of this story arc. And for me, the ongoing Doom subplot is enough of a draw to keep me coming back for more.

Scale of Awesomeness: 6 out of 10