Last issue Tony Stark decided he was done with being Iron Man. This issue? Well, I guess we'll find out in a few...
Invincible Iron Man #517:
-We open with Tony Stark, the elder Hammer girl and General Babbage going to see Reed Richards to remove the Iron Man components from Tony's body.
-Reed isn't pleased to do it, but he does.
-So that's it, Tony Stark no longer has the Iron Man tech in his body...
-Spy-Master sneaks around trying to kill members of Stark Resilient but is confronted by Tony's head of security, Bethany Cabe.
-Cabe alerts Tony of what was going down, and he tells Reed that he had some back-up Iron Man tech he needed put in him... I think...
-Detroit Steel breaks into the home of the younger Hammer girl and menaces her.
-Ezekiel Stane manages to remove the bomb the Mandarin put in his chest.
-This one ends with somebody in a new suit of Iron Man armor(Rhodey?) doing hero stuff.
Thoughts: Matt Fraction is doing a great job of slowly moving all of the pieces around the chessboard here... Stane has freed himself from the threats of the Mandarin, without the Mandarin knowing, Tony has freed himself from the eyes of the government since he relinquished the Iron Man tech to them, while still maintaining the pieces necessary to turn him back into IM again, we got some more stuff with Spy-Master, and there was another Iron Man flitting around at the end of this one. This was a very good read.
Score: 8 1/2 out of 10.