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Appearing in "Stark Wars, Chapter I"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Iron Man #225.

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Synopsis for "Stark Wars, Chapter I"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Iron Man #225.



Appearing in "Stark Wars, Chapter II: Glitch"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Iron Man #226.

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Synopsis for "Stark Wars, Chapter II: Glitch"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Iron Man #226.

Iron Man's wild crusade against the thieves who stole the Iron Man armor technology leads him into a battle with Stingray — but Stingray didn't steal his armor!

Appearing in "Stark Wars, Chapter III: The Last Mandroid"

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Iron Man #227.

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Synopsis for "Stark Wars, Chapter III: The Last Mandroid"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Iron Man #227.

Iron Man's war against everyone in armor swings into high gear as he takes on S.H.I.E.L.D.'s armored Mandroids! With an appearance by Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.!

Appearing in "Stark Wars, Chapter IV: Who Guards the Guardsmen?"

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Iron Man #228.

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Synopsis for "Stark Wars, Chapter IV: Who Guards the Guardsmen?"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Iron Man #228.

Iron Man goes berserk! He's turned his quest to find who stole the Iron Man armor technology into a war against anyone wearing armor! When he attacks the fifty armored Guardsmen at the U.S. government's Vault maximum security prison, he finds himself facing an unexpected foe — Steve Rogers, the Captain!

Appearing in "Stark Wars, Chapter V: Red Snow"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Iron Man #229.

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Synopsis for "Stark Wars, Chapter V: Red Snow"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Iron Man #229.



Appearing in "Stark Wars, Chapter VI: The Day the Hero Died"

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Iron Man #230.

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  • Stark's Porsche

Synopsis for "Stark Wars, Chapter VI: The Day the Hero Died"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Iron Man #230.

Jack Taggert, in the experimental Firepower suit, is using a simulator which allows him to practice fighting Iron Man in a virtual environment. He is being observed by Edwin Cord, Senator Boynton, and General Meade. He is also being coached by a Dr. Abrams, an apparent employee of the Senator, but Cord convinces him to stop, saying, “My man has worked the Firepower Simulator dozens of times these past weeks! He’s quite capable of concluding this test without external interference!”

Meanwhile, Taggert handily finishes off Iron Man, but General Meade is critical: Taggert used a missile that would have destroyed half of downtown Detroit. He goes on to stress that he wants to avoid fatalities, and then reveals that, “The government financed you development of the Firepower weapons system ostensibly for use by our soldiers in the next war. But in reality, we wanted a ready defense against the country’s so-called “super heroes,” should they ever get out of line!”

He suggests that Iron Man’s destruction take place in a sparsely populated area. Meanwhile, at the California headquarters of Stark Enterprises, Tony Stark is feeling melancholy after the recent death of Titanium Man, even though he had “succeeded in destroying the armors that were based on my technology and used for evil purposes.” Jim Rhodes does his best to buck him up, and the duo head off to Accutech Research and Development, a subsidiary of Stark Enterprises, in a company helicopter. There they are greeted by Abraham Zimmer, who tells them that he has perfected “the tapeworm” – a computer virus which will replicate itself in virtually every database in the world, erasing all data concerning the stolen Stark technology that was being used by terrorists.

In Las Angeles, at Transcorp, a front organization for Justin Hammer (the man who had bought and sold Tony Stark’s secrets), all of the stolen information is erased.

Elsewhere, Firepower is undergoing a practical test in which he must defend himself against tanks and jet airplanes. He destroys them all easily, even faster than the 12 second computer estimate. The men who were watching him earlier are congratulatory, but Boynkin worries about Taggert’s zeal, and wonders if he’s the right man for the job. Cord reassures him.

At Tony Stark’s Pacific Coast estate, he puts on his Iron Man suit and prepares for a confrontation, because he is afraid that “one armored bad-guy could still be on the loose.”

He heads into space, and enters an orbiting satellite that he had once intended to be a global research station before it was contaminated with an anaerobic plague by Advanced Idea Mechanics. He uses the stations advanced monitoring capabilities to find that someone is indeed using his stolen armor circuitry.

He heads back to earth, where Boynton and some men from the Defense Department convince him to help destroy Iron Man, inadvertently giving away an ambush that they have set for Iron Man using Firepower. Even though he knows that he is heading into a trap, Iron Man heads for the desert, where Firepower is.

The next day, Tony approaches the ambush site in a Stark Enterprises helicopter. When it gets close, he exits in his Iron Man suit. After a lengthy fight with Firepower, Iron Man is defeated. He is almost killed, but Rhodey picks him up in the helicopter just in the nick of time. The helicopter is surrounded, and we next see the Iron Man suit flying away. It is hit by one of firepower’s missiles, and blown to bits. A lone Private, Alvin Barnes, watches as the pieces of his suit fall to the ground. The story closes showing Iron Man's blood smeared, shattered helmet.

Appearing in "Stark Wars, Chapter VII: Reborn Again"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Iron Man #231.

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  • Helicopters
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Synopsis for "Stark Wars, Chapter VII: Reborn Again"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Iron Man #231.

At Tony Stark’s home, a wall of television screens is playing several different TV shows at once: predominantly news, but also Wheel of Fortune,Gilligan’s Island, The Brady Bunch, Jem and the Holograms, and Speed Racer. All of the news shows are discussing Iron Man’s recent fall from favor and apparent death (last issue). Jim Rhodes asks Tony is he should rotate the satellite dish to get some more channels, but Stark is satisfied that the world does indeed consider Iron Man to be dead. He, unfortunately, is not much better off. He has three cracked ribs, a sprained arm, an injured knee, and numerous injuries on his face. He has also had a blood transfusion. Rhodes helps him to his bedroom, telling him that he should count himself lucky: his recovery from what the doctors think was him being thrown out of his seat in a helicopter has been nothing short of miraculous.

Stark begins to reminisce about the events of the past few issues: first, Justin Hammer had Spymaster steal his secret technology, and then distributed it, forcing Iron Man to fight those he had supplied the secrets too. However, he has crossed many lines, and in the eyes of the public has caused much harm. As a result, the government sent Firepower after him. When Firepower “beat the living crap” out of Iron Man, he took refuge in the observation helicopter with Rhodes. The military was about to destroy the helicopter, so he and Rhodes filled the Iron Man suit with their stores of whole blood and sent it out on its own, controlling it with transmissions from the chopper’s radio gear. Thus, Firepower only destroyed Iron Man’s empty suit.

Rhodes says that now that the pressure on Stark Enterprises is starting to ease with the news of Iron Man’s death, he has a great excuse to build a new suit of armor. Stark, though, putting on a suit, replies that he is afraid of dangerous technology being stolen from him again; he intends to let Iron Man stay dead.

A moment later, in a desert arroyo, two soldiers, Private Baskin and Corporal Winters, fire rockets at Firepower, in his armor. Edwin Cord observes. The structural integrity of Firepower’s armor is intact, and the fight with Iron Man didn’t do it any damage. Senator Boynton and General Meade show up, wanting to take custody of the armor, but Cord refuses to give it to them. He says that should they try to take it, he will reveal to the tabloids how the armor was conceived as a riot control device and has Taggart blow up the flatbed truck they were going to use to take away the armor. They are cowed; though Meade is very unhappy.

North of Los Angeles, a company helicopter takes Stark to the administration building of Stark Enterprises. His employees welcome him warmly, and he tells them that the dark days are over. His head of public relations advices that he hire Bill Cosby as the new corporate spokesperson.

Over the next few days, Edwin Cord and Firepower seem determined to sabotage Stark Enterprises: they intimidate a manufacturing group into not accepting a Stark contract bid, blow up a shipment for Accutech Research and Development (a subsidiary of Stark Enterprises), and eventually, after more days of destruction and harassment, drive Stark Enterprises to the point where, as Tony, at the Stark railyards, says, they “can’t afford to lose another account.” He tells Rhodey that he filed a protest in Washington, but was blocked, and so much pressure is being applied that he can’t even get the police involved. Just then, Firepower arrives, injuring Bill Segrist, who is in charge of the railyard. He gives Stark a message from Cord: having destroyed Iron Man, he now plans to destroy the rest of Stark’s life.

Stark goes home, leaving Rhodes confused at his apparent lack of action. In his basement lab, he spends the next several weeks making a new suit, despite his earlier reluctance. He includes new features, such as a beta particle power supply, experimental attack, and defense modes, and a self-destruct feature if circuit duplication is attempted without access to secret codes that only Stark knows. He completes the armor and then resolves to destroy it as soon as Firepower is dealt with.

A few days later, north of San Francisco, Iron Man shows up to stop Firepower from harassing a celebration of a new Stark Enterprises facility in Marin County. They fight, and Iron Man wins easily, but Firepower’s backpack nuke almost goes off; Stark has to use an EMP pulse and a sophisticated sensor scan to stop it. Firepower, unaware that this new Iron Man is actually the same as the old one, warns him that there’ll be others, and eventually, someone will kill him.

Iron Man returns to his coastal mansion and realizes that Firepower was right: there will always be others, and someone must protect the world against them. He decides to continue being Iron Man and retires to bed for a good night’s sleep.

Appearing in "Stark Wars: Epilogue Intimate Enemies"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Iron Man #232.

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Synopsis for "Stark Wars: Epilogue Intimate Enemies"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Iron Man #232.

Stalking a technological cyborg nightmare in what appears to be a high-tech hell, Iron Man must defeat his inner demons while wearing primitive armor. He fights off zombies and alcohol as he tries to find a way to beat the mysterious cyborg creature, who then grows huge and transfroms into a cyborg Tony Stark! As Iron Man defeats the thing by sacrificing himself, he explodes, and Tony Stark wakes up in his bed, thinking that it was the worst nightmare he's ever had and that it caused by guilt passed onto him from the Armor Wars.

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