Marvel Begins “The War Machines”

Precursor to 'Civil War II' and Perfect Tie-in to 'Captain America: Civil War'

In the trailer for Captain America: Civil War, we’ve seen a shot of Robert Downey, Jr.’s Iron Man cradling Don Cheadle’s lifeless War Machine. I, for one, think it’s a bit of a red herring not unlike Rey crying over a body in the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We thought it meant death for a character, but probably not. I’ll predict that Cheadle’s character of James Rhodes is merely pining for the fjords, and will recover in time to take the mantle of Armored Avenger in Avengers: Infinity War.

However, that also means that Marvel Comics, always good at focusing their continuity on characters that are important in the Cinematic Universe, needs to shine a spotlight on War Machine. I’m not saying that writer Brian Michael Bendis doesn’t have a great plan for it — he likely does. He’s Bendis. But the crossover appeal is bound to help a book that didn’t get quite the post-Secret Wars boost Marvel had hoped. It’s a strong creative team, and maybe giving some love to Rhodey will get attention.

From Marvel:

Strap in, suit up and hold on, because the second arc of the flagship Marvel title starts here! Today, Marvel is please to present your first look inside INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #6 – the explosive first chapter of “The War Machines”! Blockbuster creators Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Deodato unite to bring you the next chapter in Tony Stark’s life. All is not right within the house of Stark as he uncovers threats from within and threats from without. Now, he must delve into the nooks and crannies of his international organization to discover the truth. And he’s bringing a friend: James “Rhodey” Rhodes – the War Machine! Plus, the first big clues to 2016’s CIVIL WAR II begin here! Don’t miss the kickoff to the exciting new storyline and a perfect jumping on point this February in INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #6!

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #6 (DEC150718)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art & Cover by MIKE DEODATO
Variant Cover by MICHAEL CHO (DEC150719)
Classic Variant by NEAL ADAMS (DEC150720)
Young Variant by SKOTTIE YOUNG (DEC150721)
Story Thus Far Variant by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO (DEC150722)
FOC – 1/11/16, On-Sale – 02/03/16

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