Say -- You're an ugly mutha aren't you? James Rhodes
- Unnamed Deviants
- Justin Hammer
- Unnamed Eternals
Over Holland, Iron Man tests the capabilities of his armor with the help of the 32nd tactical flight squadron. His armor's module malfunctions and he's flown to Olympia, home of the Eternals, where Deviants attack them. Thinking he's a robot, Kro orders the Deviants to dismantle him. The armor unfreezes and Iron Man breaks free, finding a room full of immobilized Eternals. He watches as a molecular disruptor disintegrates an Eternal; his energy is fed into Brother Tode, who seeks eternal life. Kro revives Thena and offers to take her away from Olympia if she will spend her life with him. She refuses so he puts her back in stasis. Unable to revive her himself, Iron Man asks the computer where the nearest energy source is so he can recharge. The computer indicates the dead Zuras, so Iron Man takes Thena to him. She wakes up insane, her powers manipulating her clothes and surroundings, the Iron Man armor transformed into a toga. Rhodes snaps her out of it, but Kro arrives before she can restore his armor and puts another brain mine on her. Rhodes escapes, the computer making him another suit of armor. He then hooks Zuras up to the computer, reviving all the Eternals, who quickly defeat the Deviants. Thena starts campaigning for the Eternals to leave Earth. As the Eternals wrangle over the suggestion, Ikaris tells Iron Man the celebration party is over at his place.
Trapped in a city where all the inhabitants have godlike power, Iron Man, a.k.a. James Rhodes, is reduced to a pawn in a struggle between the Eternals and the Deviants. Not for long though.
- More Eternals and Deviants appear in this story. All are not specifically identified by this editor.
- Although Jim Rhodes wondered in this issue if the mountains to which his hijacked armor had transported him were the Alps or the Himalayas, Iron Man #179 revealed that he had actually been brought to Greece.
- The fate of the Deviants who were captured in this issue was revealed in Avengers #247–248. How Kro escaped that fate was revealed in Eternals (Vol. 2) #2.
- Iron Man (Jim Rhodes) appears next in Iron Man #179.
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