Review and Media by Amazing Spidey
Episode #9 - Iron Man To The Second Power, Part 1
Music By: Keith Ammerson
Animation By: Rainbow Animation Group
Guest Starring: Robert Hayes as Iron Man, Dorian Harewood asWar Machine/Jim Rhodes/Backlash, Casey Defranco as Julia Carpenter/Spider-Woman, John Reilly as Hawkeye/Clint Barton, James Warwick as Century, Katherine Moffat as Scarlet Witch, Ed Gilbert as The Mandarin, Jim Cummings as Modok, Neil Dickson as Dreadknight, Dorian Harewood as Whirlwind, Chuck McCann as Blizzard, and Tony Steedman as Justin Hammer
Review:Breaking from the mould a little, this episode was the first of the showís 2 part stories and actually had a plot different from The Mandarin wanting to steal Starkís inventions. No, this time, he wanted to frame Iron Man! No one will ever accuse this show of being original, but still, the episode was a step up from season oneís standards.
One of the more interesting aspects of the episode was Stark fighting to save his company from bankruptcy, and his disappearance, he was almost conspicuous by his absence. Itís not the best but, again, itís better than him beating the snot out of Blizzard and co for 20 minutes.
One of the most notable aspects of this episode is Jim Cummings. His voice for MODOK is absolutely perfect for the character, whether heís playing the sinister sidekick or bumbling brain. Itís hard to believe this is the same guy that voices The Shocker over in Spider-Man. Cummings is easily one of the finest voice actors of all time. Heís one of the few cast members who made the cut in season two and Iím glad he did. Whilst speaking of the actors, itís hard to believe that Chuck McCann is Blizzard. McCann is better known for playing The Thing over in Fantastic Four. Until I read the credits, I had no idea they were the same person! They sound totally distant from each other, and Blizzard is one of the more tolerable useless sidekicks.
Certainly one of Iron Manís more interesting first season adventures, but part two let the story down, unfortunately.