What is best in life?
I learned tonight that Marvel will be releasing the Iron Man: War Machine trade paperback in May, and decided to revisit Iron Man #281-#291 that will be included. It's a classic story arc in which Tony Stark leaves the scene and associate Jim Rhodes takes up the Iron Man mantle as the War Machine.
My review revealed a run that has lost some of its mojo, not holding up all that well over time. It's also a series of issues cluttered with early 1990s pop culture references, quotes from movies and commercials, and plot devices ripped off from popular films of the era. While a number of them were groan-inducing, one was so unexpected that I got a kick out of it. From Iron Man #284 (September 1992)...
Blacklash, Beetle, Spymaster, Blizzard, Constrictor
Don't recognize it? Here's a refresher: