Synopsis for “The Death of Tony Stark!”
Pepper Potts and Happy Hogan, not trusting Iron Man (who they don’t know is really their boss Tony Stark) hand in their resignations because they do not trust Iron Man and suspect that he’s responsible for Tony’s “disappearance”. Soon the story attracts the attention of the media, and Happy himself decides to break into Tony’s estate to find the truth. There he finds Tony (who just managed to slip into bed so Happy wouldn’t see the Iron Man armor he is forced to wear) who tells him to totally trust Iron Man and not to worry about him.
With Happy and Pepper appeased, and the press sated, Iron Man is once more again able to try to find a way to cure his injured heart in peace. However, this peace doesn’t last long as the Mandrarin, has just setup a satelite in space and uses it to destroy Stark’s home. While Iron Man survives all watching believe that Tony Stark is killed in the explosion.
While Happy mourns Tony’s “death”, and Pepper attempts to get the police to go after Iron Man, the Golden Avenger himself is busy tracing the source of the blast.
Learning that it was the Mandarin, Iron Man flies to stop his arch-foe, only to be bombarded and weakened from blasts from the Mandarin’s rings once he gets into close proximity of the Mandarin’s base. Weakened he battles the Mandarin’s robot guard Koto, who easily defeats Iron Man. The Mandarin then has Iron Man tied up and prepares to tell Iron Man the life story of the man who is about to destroy him, this story is continued next issue….