WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Invincible Iron Man #594 by Brian Michael Bendis, Stefano Caselli, Alex Maleev, Israel Silva and Clayton Cowles, on sale now.
Over the course of the last year, and across two titles with very different lead characters, Brian Michael Bendis has been setting up towards what he’s called the biggest Iron Man story of all time. Aided by artists Stefano Caselli and Alex Maleev, Bendis has been able to use the time Tony Stark has been out of the spotlight to highlight the adventures of his young protege Ironheart and a fierce rival turned somewhat peer Victor Von Doom.
Now, with Marvel Legacy, the two characters and Iron Man titles have come together. With Tony Stark is missing, the Stark family is set to be pushed out of their own company, and Doctor Doom has managed to tick off the entire supervillain community.
Tony Stark has been out of commision since the end of Civil War II, when his body was pushed to its upper limit by Captain Marvel and shut down into some sort of artificial coma. In the interim, Stark Industries has been run by the women in Tony’s life; namely Mary Jane Watson, his mother Amanda Armstrong and his artificial intelligence gal Friday, Friday. While they’ve been focused on mentoring the young Riri Williams, who has had her own share of problems dealing with the unstable post-Doom Latveria, the board at Stark Industries has been working to oust them from the company to return it to profitability in the wake of Tony’s convalescence.
With power restored to the board, they’re very eager to get their hands on all of the property that is lawfully theirs, including Riri’s Ironheart costume. As such, they’ve hired a superhuman specialist to bring it in. Fans of Brian Michael Bendis and Chris Bachalo’s run on Uncanny X-Men will recognize David Bond as a member of Cyclops’ team of trainee X-Men; Bond has the ability to control vehicles with his mind and as such goes by the name Hijack, which is exactly what he does to all of the cars, helicopters and drones in the nearby area in an effort to bring Riri in.
Bendis does seem to have an affinity for the mutants he created during his time on Uncanny X-Men; alongside Hijack’s appearance in Invincible Iron Man, Goldballs was moved into Spider-Man where he became roommates with Miles Morales and Ganke Lee. He’s also shown interest in bringing back the time-stopping and time-hopping Tempus, although with his impending move to DC, those plans may have fallen through.
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