Seven deadly war hammers have fallen to Earth. These weapons will empower chosen servants of the deity of evil the Serpent. The heroes of Earth have spread out to stop the catastrophe. Tony Stark has made a deal with Odin to let him build weapons capable of combating the evils set loose on the world. He drinks an entire bottle of liquor as a sacrifice to Odin who grants him access to Svartalfheim and the magical forges of the dwarves who work there. Stark Resilient employees along with the rest of the world think Iron Man is MIA.
Pepper Potts in her newly redesigned Rescue armor, travels to Paris to help victims of Grey Gargoyle, who has possession of one of the seven war hammers and is now a servant of the Serpent. She also encounters Sasha Hammer and a squad of Hammer mech who apparently have been authorized by the French government to help defend the nation. The Hammer mechs attack Rescue in order to force her out of Paris, but while their attention is focused on her, Grey Gargoyle suddenly appears and the battle immediately becomes one for survival. The repulsor-powered mechs are no match for their mystically empoweres opponent, and the battle ends as quickly as it began. The Hammer mechs quickly retreat leaving Sasha and Rescue at Gargoyle’s mercy.
In Svartalfheim, Tony Stark is struggling to concentrate through his drunken haze. All his years of sobriety and hard work to maintain it, gone in an instant. With the aid of the Dark Dwarves, Tony makes plans to forge his new weapons. He plans to cast his Iron Man armor in the magical Odin blessed metal Uru, the same metal that makes up Thor’s hammer Mjolnir. Tony soon realizes that without being able to remove his armor, he will have to throw himself into the cauldrons of molten Uru, a situation he had not planned for. Later in his room, he desperately thinks of a way to forge himself in the Uru without it killing him. Suddenly he is attacked out of nowhere and with the hope of the world resting on his shoulders, Tony Stark may die before he can act.
This issue continues the Marvel event Fear Itself. I will admit that I haven’t read much of it beyond the pages of Invincible Iron Man, so I haven’t been totally up to speed on the entire event. When it comes to Thor and the other gods of Asgard, I get somewhat confused. I’ve never been a fan of Thor, so beyond the basic knowledge of his existence and origins, I am a little lost.
Since Stark Disassembled, I have enjoyed what I have read in Invincible Iron Man immensely, albeit with one exception. Since this new Iron Man series debuted, Tony Stark has had to endure a lot. From the fallout of Civil War, being rendered helpless by the Skrulls during Secret Invasion, then having his company crippled by Ezekiel Stane, and finally wiping his own mind to thwart Norman Osborn. Now, as he tries to rebuild and kick-start Stark Resilient, he has faced relentless opposition from the women of Hammer Industries. I’m just wondering when Tony will be able to take a breath and get things back to normal. It’s that alone that keeps me coming back month after month to the pages of Invincible Iron Man. Great writing and amazing art only add to the draw; and in my humble opinion, this is one of Marvel’s best series. With the Fear Itself event soon coming to a close, I am truly eager to see how Tony, Pepper and Rhodey pull through. I would, however, like to see more of Maria Hill in this series. She’s only had a bit part since Tony restored his mind, and has taken on a more adversarial role. I’d like to see her and Tony develop more as allies.