Comments: The best and worst Iron Man armors

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Gotta disagree on the War Machine armor, it belongs in the 5 worst. It's barely Iron Man armor, the whole best part of Iron Man was that he wasn't a killing machine, he was a passionate genius who figured ways OUT of fighting rather than into. This armor was only made "old school" because tony no longer had the strength to use his good armor's power, so he had to settle on.. machine guns.. REALLY? This is why Kaminski goes down as one of the worst writers in IM history. He obviously didn't understand what drives Tony Stark. A repulsor ray is more powerful than any of the garbage on the War Machine armor. I think the problem is that the Iron Man armors have been way to High Tech for most people to understand. They only understand "big guns = power" and that's what War Machine is, and it's why War Machine was one of the worst and most unlike Iron Man. It's really sad that they want to stick this garbage in the second movie. There is absolutely no use for it. Even the prototype armor is better than War Machine armor.

At least the Hulkbuster series, Tony admits he was TRYING to fight, rather than avoid a fight, and was wrong for doing so. So the Hulk buster armor was just a big mistake.

Kaminski screwed with all the origins, and just ruined the IM history. Worst of all, he set the stage for TEEN TONY.

Posted by Chris at May 11, 2009 06:24 PM

Ah, but Stark HAD to design a different armor if you remember who he was going up against: The Masters of Silence, who were impervious to beam weapons. (See IM #281.) That's not "settling" on guns, it was out of pure necessity.

And Kaminski was KEENLY aware of Stark's origins and was quite true to them. Just reread the "War Machine" arc. Why was he after Justin Hammer with the Masters of Silence at his side? To do RIGHT by his honor and that of his company. Also reread #306. That is classic Tony Stark. I think you're dead wrong in your assessment.

And Len didn't "set the stage" for Teen Tony. Indeed, he QUIT the book instead of writing that garbage! Trust me -- he told me (and others) that directly.

Posted by Hube at May 11, 2009 07:53 PM