July 15, 2013 - Striking out against an old foe.
This is a surprise.
I'm pleasantly choosing X-O.
I hunted for this beast for AGES!
For some reason, no one was selling this ANYWHERE on ebay for ages. Of course, for some stupid reason, I refused to look ANYWHERE else.
Looked last night, and found a bunch of these being sold, relatively inexpensively.
The story pits the new X-O against the Armorines and the HARDCorps, testing out its function.
Quick read, and I think that this is the only real time HARDCorps really appears in this incarnation of Acclaim and Valiant.
I guess I liked the exclusive story release. I didn't like trying to find it afterward, but cross promotional tie ins are fun when they are ORIGINAL - and not just re-hashes or slight versions of the story. No real development behind it, but I should really try to come back and compare it to the Acclaim Armorines when they appear.
For about a second, they fight.
It isn't even some mistaken identity thing. It's ONE PANEL. And then shortly thereafter, they team up to fight against an unknown foe - revealed at the conclusion to be ZEMO! Good reveal to bring back someone SO long dead. And good idea to flip and start with Cap first, too. Interesting way to bring Panther into the fold of comicdom, and make him an Avenger.
The Iron Man story isn't much more than a placeholder. Starts out well, and I kind of like the changes in the story - Tony using his defenses as well as possible to delay the inevitable - but it ends. Wouldn't Tony use this to get the heck out?