Darren Franich over at PopWatch has an interesting article on James Rhodes, aka War Machine. He mentions how during the time he was reading Iron Man, Rhodes was actually under the armor and he thought that Tony was his replacement. I can empathize with his confusion since during that time, a lot of heroes were being replaced with more (at the time) interesting looking costumes. Batman became Mecha-Batman, aka, Jean-Paul Valley. Superman had Steel, Superboy, Cyborg Superman, and the “Eradicator”. Kyle Rayner became the new, and at the time, last Green Lantern.
Though of course Rhodes’ gig as Iron Man didn’t last, and Tony Stark donned the armor again, but Franich gives Rhodes some serious character props and runs down some highlights in the character’s history including his MAX series U.S. War Machine and his playability in the “Marvel vs Capcom” video games.
I believe my first experience with War Machine was more than likely him being on the Iron Man cartoon. I’m currently not reading any Iron Man books, but I keep being told I’m an idiot for passing up what’s going on in Invincible Iron Man. I love both Don Cheadle and Terrance Howard as actors (namely Cheadle’s portrayal as Sammy Davis, jr from The Rat Pack and Howard as Dee Jay in Hustle and Flow).
The reveal of the Iron Man 2 poster has me terribly excited and I’ve heard rumors that the trailer will be attached to Sherlock Holmes, which opens up on Christmas Day.