For everyone who developed a grudge against Tony Stark in "Civil War," it looks like they're getting their wish to see him humbled. Not only has he lost everything -- his company, leadership of SHIELD, the Avengers -- he's erasing his own mind so that Norman Osborn can't extract the secret IDs of every superhero on earth. In the last few issues, during the "World's Most Wanted" storyline, he's been getting dumber and dumber, as he runs from safehouse to safehouse just ahead of Osborn, going backwards in time with each suit of old armor he dons.

And apparently it's just going to get worse. Here's a piece of art I just couldn't keep to myself, from a story called "Stark: Disassembled," beginning in Invincible Iron Man #20 in November. If it looks familiar, there was once a similar scene of Tony Stark sitting vigil over Stever Rogers's body.

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Comment by Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) on August 25, 2009 at 1:09pm
Actually, the question "How does Stark get overthrown by a Spider-Man villain?" might be looking at the situation the wrong way. Instead, why not "Why is someone so capable and competent wasting his time riding a glider and fighting Spider-Man?"
Comment by Doc Beechler (mod-MD) on August 25, 2009 at 1:14pm
Because he is competing for your son's love and attention...
Comment by Captain Comics on August 25, 2009 at 1:15pm
As I said in a CBG column about Norman, "It was in Thunderbolts that Osborn’s true super-power emerged: He’s an incredibly talented PR weasel, with mad office-politics skillz! "
Comment by ClarkKent_DC on August 25, 2009 at 1:19pm
Rob Staeger wrote:

Actually, the question "How does Stark get overthrown by a Spider-Man villain?" might be looking at the situation the wrong way. Instead, why not "Why is someone so capable and competent wasting his time riding a glider and fighting Spider-Man?"


Good point. Likewise, "Why did Spider-Man have so much difficulty with a underworld mobster, when someone like that is more Daredevil's speed?"
Comment by Batmatt Beyond on August 25, 2009 at 1:52pm
All I know for sure is that I've been loving Fraction's Invincible Iron Man from the very beginning. It's right up there with Captain America at the top of my reading pile, which kind of blows my mind seeing as how I've never been that involved in either character for most of my 30 years of comics reading.
Comment by Doc Beechler (mod-MD) on August 25, 2009 at 2:05pm
I'm right there with you, Batmatt. I just finished the second collection and it was fantastic.
Comment by Dagwan on August 25, 2009 at 8:45pm
"You can't fight City Hall?"

"You've got the brain of a four-year-old boy, and I'll bet he was glad to get rid of it." -Groucho Marx

Check out the Secret Headquarters (my store) website! It's a pretty lame website, but I did it myself, so tough noogies

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Comment by Dagwan on August 25, 2009 at 8:49pm

Of course, this is coming from a guy whose first post on the old board included this line about Avengers/ New Avengers,

After what Marvel allowed "the writer whose name I can no longer say without getting angry" to do to some of my favorite fictional characters, I will no longer read the series, or anything by "the writer", no matter how good anyone says it is.

and now has to read all of the guy's books because it's part of his dream job.


"You've got the brain of a four-year-old boy, and I'll bet he was glad to get rid of it." -Groucho Marx

Check out the Secret Headquarters (my store) website! It's a pretty lame website, but I did it myself, so tough noogies

Listen to WOXY.com, it's the future of rock-n-roll!


Comment by Rich Lane on August 25, 2009 at 9:03pm

Mark:

A question I'd more like answered is why so few superheroes in the mu seem to be bothered by the fact that a supervillain is in chage of national security. Even in the moral dead zone that is the mu you'd think that someonoe besides the New Avengers and Spiderman would try to do something about it.

Who in particular are you talking about that isn't bothered?  About the only books that aren't involved in Dark Reign to one extent or the other are the cosmic books involved in the "War of Kings" story.  The heroes there are understandably preoccupied.

Comment by Rich Lane on August 25, 2009 at 9:17pm
Meh. Let's just say I strongly disagree with that assessment and leave it at that.

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