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Omar Karindu

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Nitz the Bloody

Subj: Re: In defense of Rhodey-as-Iron Man
Posted: Mon Jun 22, 2009 at 07:41:53 am EDT (Viewed 166 times)
Reply Subj: In defense of Rhodey-as-Iron Man
Posted: Sun Jun 21, 2009 at 04:08:38 pm EDT (Viewed 173 times)

    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

The problem was that Rhodes seemed to be both more capable witht he armor and generally more sane in appearances with other heroes than on his own; in the same period when he was losing the Brothers Grimm completely or being outwitted by the Termite, he was also shown doing stuff like using the armor's sound projection to defeat Goliath-Josten, tapping external power sources to match Graviton in single combat, and rigging the Uni-beam to short out Blacklash's gear in Marvel Team-Up. These are specific skills with the armor that he simply never demonstrated -- and indeed, was sometimes portrayed as ignorant of -- in the Iron Man title itself.

    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.

Except that, as I said, writers of Rhodes's appearances outside the book seemed to have him go with "what would Tony do?"

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