I love how the cover to this issue seems like an impressionistic bit showing Mandarin cracking open the Earth, but then at the end of the issue, Fraction reveals that this is actually what he’s planning! Very cool. Though the less said about the multi-coloured logo the better. The insides of this issue were very exciting, the tide has turned in the battle against the Mandarin, and you really got the epic scale of things, and how this is Fraction bringing everything in his long run together. It was great seeing the Triumph Division and The Dynasty show up again, and I also got a kick out of Tony and Stane teaming up alongside the ‘Three Amigos’ of Blizzard, Living Laser and Whirlwind. Classic Iron Man elements with a new lick of paint. It’s also cool how Mandarin is just freaking out and being a massive diva about things, it’s an interesting take on a supervillain, and it works. The best scene in this issue was probably the one where Pepper and Bethany Cabe went to visit Rhodey’s mother, very strong dialogue there. Only two issues left! Oh man, it’s the end of an era.