Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin
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|Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin|
Cover art to Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin #1.
Art by Eric Canete.
|Publication date||November 2007 - May 2008|
|Number of issues||6|
|Main character(s)||Iron Man
|Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin||ISBN 0-7851-2622-8|
Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin is a 2007 comic book limited series published by Marvel Comics. Written by Joe Casey with art by Eric Canete, the series is a retelling of Iron Man's first encounter with the Mandarin. The original version of the story appeared in Tales of Suspense #50 (February 1964).
Stark Industries CEO Tony Stark is called into a special S.H.I.E.L.D. conference. They want his "bodyguard" Iron Man to perform a deep cover reconnaissance mission on a Chinese warlord has been exerting undue influence over the political climate. Iron Man flies to the Mandarin's castle and navigates through a gauntlet of security devices. After being discovered by the Mandarin, the two fight ending with a critically injured Iron Man barely managing to escape.
As Iron Man heals, the Mandarin's underling hire Ebenezer Laughton to attack Tony Stark giving him the identity of the Scarecrow. That evening, the Scarecrow breaks into Stark Industries but is defeated by the recovering Iron Man.
The Mandarin takes control of Stark's elite S.H.I.E.L.D. satellite and plans to use it against the West. Iron Man once again infiltrates the Mandarin's headquarters which nearly results in his death. Iron Man confronts the Mandarin a third time and though he has the upper hand, the Mandarin breaks away from the battle and launches the satellite at Beijing. Iron Man stops the satellite, deflecting away from earth, but when he returns to the Mandarin's compound, the villain is nowhere to be found.
Iron Man: Enter the Mandarin was generally well received. Joseph Szadkowski of The Washington Times lauded Casey's writing style and use of pacing. Alan Kistler of ComicMix.com included Enter the Mandarin among his "10 Must-Read Stories Before You Watch 'Iron Man' in Theaters."