Iron Man Mark IV is GO! With his new armor, can Tony Stark defeat the Mandarin once and for all? Plus: Captain America must save the world from the mysterious weapon known as the Z-Ray!
Iron Man Story -"Death Duel for the Life of Happy Hogan!"
In the previous issue, Happy Hogan was kidnapped by the Mandarin and interrogated, since the Mandarin thought that he was Iron Man. However, just as Happy was about to be killed, the real Iron Man stepped into the room, ready to confront the Mandarin and save his friend. The Mandarin orders his guards to take Happy away, whilst he himself attacks Iron Man. Fortunately, Iron Man upgraded his armour in the previous issue, and so the karate chops that would normally have damaged his older armour aren't as effective. The Mandarin then manages to use one of his rings to coat Iron Man with a layer of ice, but Iron Man easily defrosts this.
Seeing this, the Mandarin runs off, tapping a section of the wall as he does. As Iron Man follows, a trap is activated, forcing two walls to crush him. Luckily, his strength is great enough that he stops the walls, and then goes to confront the Mandarin once more. Iron Man removes his iron gauntlets when he confronts Mandarin, as he plans to beat Mandarin man-to-man, with no super strength to help him. Iron Man succeeds in this, and then heads to the dungeons, where Happy has been taken. Whilst looking for Happy, Iron Man hears some of the guards mentioning a missile which the Mandarin has given to the Chinese army, which is secretly set to attack an American base, thereby leading to a war between the East and West.
Iron Man manages to take out the guards and save Happy, then programs Happy's armour to take him back to America, whilst he takes care of the missiles. Iron Man uses his radio signal to alter the course of the missile that's been fired, making it head for Mandarin's castle, seemingly killing the Mandarin as it hits.
Captain America Story -"The Secret!"
Captain America is sneaking around a hidden base in Asia for as-yet unknown reasons. He's spotted by some scientists, but takes them out then keeps sneaking around. Despite his best efforts, Captain America is attacked by a man inside a large robot, but manages to stop it with some explosive capsules he finds behind him. With all the security coming down on him, Captain America sneaks into an air vent, and follows it through to a man called Colonel Kuro Chin, a SHIELD operative called Agent 60. Captain America tells Agent 60 that Nick Fury sent him there, after his own SHIELD agent, who is also the girl he loves, was kidnapped by both HYDRA and Batroc (in the previous issue).
Captain America then asks Agent 60 whether he's destroyed the Z-Ray yet, which is what he was sent to the base to do. Agent 60 gives Cap some papers with information about the Z-Ray on it, just as some of the guards at the lab burst into his room, searching for Captain America. Agent 60 convinces them that he isn't in the room, but once they're gone, starts to break down from the stress of being so close to death for so long as a SHIELD agent. Captain America then leaves Agent 60 and goes to destroy the Z-Ray himself, but before leaving tells Agent 60 that he was one of SHIELD's best agents.
Captain America is then found by some mechanical robots, which alerts his prescence to most of the guards in the base. However, although he's shot at by many of the guards, he manages to steal a flying car from the base, and drive it into the Z-Ray, destroying it forever.