When Tony Stark's former competitor, Bruno Horgan, starts destroying his tanks and war materials, it's up to Iron Man to stop him. But how can Bruno be defeated when he can melt iron as the Mysterious Melter!
I liked this issue a lot. The Melter had a great plan to destroy Stark, had real motivation to do so, and was a legitimate threat to Iron Man. The stress that Stark was going through as his projects were being ruined, the repairs he needed done immediately, having to dodge constant demands for his attention, and not knowing how he was going to defeat the Melter felt real. This was very effective, and maybe one of the best issues in the series to date.
Not much else to say about this issue. I enjoy the bickering between Happy and Penny more than that of Ben and Johnny.
I like that Stan has taken over with more than just the plot, getting rid of the last alternate script writer here.
But by my count it's the third time Stark's plants have been targeted. It's the second time he faces political/economic pressure because of this. Both of those plots were used last issue... A little change of direction is needed, in my opinion.
The Melter's costume is Awful Waffle! He seems to a good foil for Iron Man though. Him and Dr. Strange (the electrical whiz) should team up to really give Iron Man a run for his money. But wait! Tony now has an aluminium suit! Modify that dissolver-beam Melter!
This seemed a lot more like Heck art than it did Ditko to me, the panel layout is very Ditkish but the character polish had to have been Heck, it's very clear. It's like when Kirby inks mags but the faces of characters look good, so you know the whole design/polish job was shared.
One star for freckles. One star for the dude changing his tire on the side of the road as Mr. Silver Spoon speeds by.
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