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Omar Karindu

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Subj: The Mandarin's Living Ring: Iron Man #512 and upcoming issues
Posted: Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 06:36:51 pm EST (Viewed 373 times)

Not an analysis of the issue, just a coincidence I noticed. It seems t me that many or most of the villains being revamped as Mandarin agents in this storyline are each a living counterpart to one of the Mandarin's rings. The Living Laser, Blizzard, Chemistro, and the proposed new Melter each suggest one of the Mandarin's ring powers.

The Mandarin did once have henchmen, each granted one ring, to do his bidding. They were called the apparent relation to the more infamous ninjas from Daredevil who also later worked with the Mandarin during the Acts of Venegance. With that in mind, what if that were really intended? Who among Iron Man's villains (loosely defined as a set) would fit the pattern? ( Entries with a "*" next to them are fromt he actual story or from interview comments by Fraction.)

Left Hand
Ice Blast: Blizzard*
Mento-Intensifier: The Controller
Electro-blast Ring: Crimson Dynamo (his forgotten original gimmick was that he could control electricity, hence the "Dynamo" part of the name).
Flame Blast Ring: Firebrand
White Light Ring: Living Laser*

Black Light Ring: An evil version of Darkstar or a resurrected Blackout, maybe???? Spymaster with a cloaking device? There's not really a good Iron Man villain for this one; for all the evil Darkforce users in the MU, few have fought Iron Man. Black Mamba met him once, but she's hardly in IM's class as a fighter.
Disintegration Beam Ring: The Melter* (Remember, his beam was originally supposed to melt matter without heating it up. Stark himself called the Melter's weapon a "matter dissolution ray" in a backup feature in Iron Man Annual #15)
Vortex Beam Ring: Cyclone??
Impact Beam Ring: Nitro
Matter-Rearranger Ring: Chemistro*

Who would you pick, if anyone?

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