Fed up with his failing heart, Tony Stark decides never to become Iron Man again! This decision couldn't have been at a worse time as a Russian agent, called the Unicorn, hospitalized Happy Hogan and kidnapped Pepper Potts!
On-Off villain the Unicorn is introduced in this issue.
I completely understand what Tony Stark is going through at the beginning of this issue. I may not be a genius millionaire playboy (thankfully), but a few years ago I was in a pretty similar position. In my case the situation ended up changing and I was dissolved of the responsibility. But I know many others who take up the very same challenge day after day and heroically deny their own desires for the pleasures of a normal, everyday life for the sake of the people they serve, like Iron Man but without a transistor-powered super suit.
Yeah I think Iron Man/Tony Stark's life is very difficult. He lives in constant awareness of his mortality, knowing his heart is damaged and his life could end any minute. I do wish he'd just reveal himself as Iron Man, at least to Pep. Speaking of whom, I think she's just about the only non-superhero character in the mix that I like. Happy is as useful as... something not useful. (I've never been good at analogies).
And my second point, already mention above... wtf Stan, did you ever read back what you wrote?
The Unicorn would be a good name for a villain if the dark nature of unicorns in mythology was emphasized. He could be a startlingly handsome man that kills anyone that he finds who he knows has had sex or has any desire to have sex because of a deep discomfort with and hatred for the very concept of procreation. This would mirror the tendency of mythological unicorns to brutally spear anyone they encountered who wasn't a virgin on their horn.
The one thing that made the friend-only female character-hero situation different here, the fact Stark wasn't interested in Pepper, is now gone. Good job, Stan, you're writing the same thing for the billionth time.
My micro-brain waves are vibrating! They are telling me that I just read a really crappy Uatu story.
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