X-O Manowar/Iron Man: In Heavy Metal

 XOMM   (Valiant, 1996)

™ and ©1996 Acclaim Comics Inc. and Marvel Characters Inc.

This pairing of armor-clad heroes—matched in a concurrent videogame—features two versions of both Iron Man and X-O Manowar. There’s the 18-year-old version of Tony Stark in one set of Iron Man armor and Jim Rhodes operating another. Stark encounters Rand Banion, the latest recipient of the X-O Manowar armor, while Rhodes engages Aric of Dacia, the barbarian who bonded with the sentient armor when the X-O Manowar title flew under the Valiant logo.

There is no shortage of villains either, with Arnim Zola, Augar, Baron Zemo, Mistress Crescendo, the Melter, Mr. Hyde, Titantia, the Absorbing Man, Goliath, and Blackout all attempting to accumulate infinite power by alternately cooperating and betraying one another, depending on circumstances. The object of everyone’s obsession is a fragmented piece of crystal known alternately as the Rock of Reality or the Cosmic Cube.

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Crossover with Marvel; Concludes in Iron Man/X-O Manowar: In Heavy MetalFabian NiciezaAndy Smith