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TJ Burns

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Nitz the Bloody

Subj: Re: In defense of Rhodey-as-Iron Man
Posted: Sun Jun 21, 2009 at 08:00:03 pm EDT (Viewed 136 times)
Reply Subj: In defense of Rhodey-as-Iron Man
Posted: Sun Jun 21, 2009 at 04:08:38 pm EDT (Viewed 172 times)



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      -- Jim Rhodes. In Iron Man, he was the less-effective replacement for Tony Stark, drifting through paid missions and relying his fists despite wearing an incredibly versatile technological wonder. Put him among the West Coast Avengers and he can single-handedly save the team from Josten-as-Goliath, match team-killer Graviton blow-for-blow for a little while, and beat anyone and their brother down in his War Machine rig.



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    Well, of course he was the less-effective replacement for Tony, because Tony just dropped the job on Rhodey then disappeared to drink himself to death. Given that Rhodey had to figure most of it out for himself with only the rudimentary explanations intern Morely Erwin could give him about the suit's basic operations, I think he did exceptionally ( and the instances on WCA were later in Rhodey's armored career, when he'd become accustomed to operating the armor ). Iron Man armors are inherently difficult to pilot, hence why Tony's having to downgrade models in the current arc to accommodate his deteriorating mental faculties


Also, there's the whole thing where the armor itself was driving Rhodey insane for the entire first half of the storyline, because Tony forgot to reset the brain-wave reader for Rhodey.


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    Also consider that Rhodey didn't really need to use the armor's more exotic features for the way he fought. Rhodey was more physical and pragmatic with his approach, and a far better fighter than Tony by condition and training. Tony employs more of the armor's weaponry because he approaches the world as an engineer, using specific tools for specific jobs, but there are several situations where an elaborate harmony of electromagnetic beams doesn't work any better than a mechanical punch to the face.


Stark specifically stated that Rhodey was a better fighter and pilot for the suit than he himself was in the Brothers Grimm issue. I think we can take him at his word.


TJB


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