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March 20, 2011

Marvel Snapshot: Character Spotlight: War Machine (James Rhodes)

Hello everyone, and welcome back to another installment of Marvel Snapshot. This week, I’ll be spotlighting one of my favorite characters in War Machine! Yes, Jim “Rhodey” Rhodes is going to be under the bright lights today, so let’s get going!

Alright, so for anybody that thinks Rhodey is just an Iron Man rip-off, think again. He didn’t grow up a pampered rich kid, for one. He grew up in South Philly (a far cry from Tony’s upbringing), and didn’t have any of the luxuries that Stark did. He’s a product of the United States Marine Corps, too. He earned his stripes in Viet Nam, fighting off enemy troops and helping Iron Man out as well. Once his military career ended, he soon took up Tony’s offer to work for Stark Enterprises. He was chief of the aviation department due to his extensive knowledge of flight, but not even he could imagine what was next. Tony ended up relapsing into alcoholism due to the fact that his company wasn’t doing well, thanks to Obadiah Stane. Rhodey had no other choice than to put on the armor and get it done the only way he knew how – kickin’ butt and takin’ names!

After a few rounds of being Iron Man, Tony ended up resuming his identity and Rhodey was left out in the cold. However, he had to take up the role of Iron Man on a couple of occasions. After a fight with some Japanese dudes that used magic to render Tony’s repulsors ineffective, Tony created the War Machine armor. After Tony is thought to be dead, Rhodey not only takes up the mantle of War Machine, but also as CEO of Stark International! Upon Tony’s return, though, the relationship between the two had deteriorated, and Rhodey left. After that, Rhodey spent time on the West Coast Avengers team, but that saw an end because of an argument with Iron Man as well. War Machine and Iron Man did settle their differences and fought against the Mandarin to save the world. They have also fought each other a couple of times as well. Typically it’s over something ridiculous or when one of them is being set-up. For me personally, I hope that Marvel starts to use War Machine/Jim Rhodes more often, because he’s like Iron Man, but has a ¬†better attitude for taking down the enemy by whatever means necessary. War Machine can currently be seen in the pages of Secret Avengers, and in Iron Man 2.0.

Checkout my recommended reading list plus some cool covers below, and then check back next week for another great spotlight!

Recommended Reading
The Invincible Iron Man: War Machine – Tpb
Iron Man: Armor Wars Prologue – Tpb
Iron Man: Armor Wars – Tpb
West Coast Avengers: Assemble – HC (Marvel Premiere Classic)
Secret Invasion: War Machine – Tpb
War Machine: Volume #1 Iron Heart – Tpb
War Machine: Volume #2 Dark Reign – Tpb
Iron Man 2.0 (current series)

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Billy Dunleavy