Okay, it more like the combination of Tony Stark’s carelessness, his overconfidence, and Y2K. But still. Y2K—enemy of Iron Man!
And it was a great storyline, probably the first great Iron Man story I ever read, almost a decade before the movies revitalized the character. “The Mask in the Iron Man” reaches its conclusion in #30, pitting an armor-less Stark against his own technology come alive. But it’s come alive without any ethics or morality.
The armor brings Stark to a deserted island and gives him a choice—they’ll either join forces or the armor will kill him. When the armor, desperate to be recognized as a true Avenger, flies off to respond to a distress call, Stark must rely on his natural ingenuity and resourcefulness to survive on an island that has not a single machine for him to work with. And we’re reminded why the main appeal of the Iron Man series has always been Tony Stark himself rather than any suit of armor.
Easily the best thing to come out of that whole Y2K scare.
Writer: Joe Quesada
Penciler: Sean Chen
Inker: Rob Hunter
Cover: Joe Quesada
Publisher: Marvel Comics
How to Read It: back issues; Comixology; included in Iron Man: The Mask in the Iron Man (TPB)
Appropriate For: ages 12 and up