Appearing in "Hands of the Mandarin, Part VI: There Shall Come an Ending!"
- Chu Lo Yan
- Force Works
- Suzi Endo
- Recorder RE-404
- Fin Fang Foom (Dream)
- other Kakarantharaians (Dream)
- Hong Kong
Synopsis for "Hands of the Mandarin, Part VI: There Shall Come an Ending!"
Hong Kong is in flames as the Mandarin vows to bring an end to the age of technology, ushering in a new dark age. When Iron Man tells Century about the heart of darkness he identifies it an extraterrestrial artifact. Tony works with Su Yin and Suzi Endo to repurpose the technoorganic parasite which nearly killed Tony into a weapon to use against the Mandarin. The Avatars attack the facility but Iron Man turns himself over to them willingly. Brought before the Mandarin he claims to be seeking the removal of his armor. When the Mandarin opens Iron Man's faceplate and strikes Tony in the face, he makes contact with the reprogrammed virus coating the armor's mask, and the Mandarin's body undergoes rapid cellular decay. Growing older by the second, the Mandarin accidentally kills Deluge. The Mandarin reaches for the heart of darkness for help and causes an immense explosion; the Mandarin and his Avatars all disappear, leaving Paradox behind. Force Works prepare to return home while Tony reaffirms his friendship with Rhodes and promises to fix the War Machine armor. Tony returns to his office, facing an immense backlog of work, but first he places a bottle of Bourbon in front of himself. The alcohol VOR/TEX consumed while wearing Tony's body has reawakened the urge to drink, forcing Tony to face his old demons, he stares at the bottle for awhile and then locks it away unopened in his desk.
- This issue is a giant 47 page story.
- Q'Wake is written Quake in this Issue.