Armed to the
teeth in Solar-charged battle armor, James Rhodes is War Machine.
This book ran for 25 issues or so, and though Marvel tried several
weak crossovers, the series dwindled. In my opinion, War Machine
still remains an under developed character with a LOT of potential.
the original Iron man created the War Machine Armor and left it
to James Rhodes to carry on the Iron Man legacy. When Starks returned,
an upset Rhodes ended their friendship and kept the armor to fight
his own battles. In a small african country called Imaya, a freedom
fighter named Vincent Cetawayo is captured by a violent dictator
and Rhodes decides to help. Partially to make a name for himself,
and partially because the Avengers would'nt lift a finger to help.
In doing so, he became an advocate for human rights globally and
headed WorldWatch International, the group founded by Cetawayo.
no nonsense, in your face approach to dealing with issues rubbed
other heroes the wrong way and would eventually lead to a run-in
with Iron Man himself. Initially, I liked the premise that War Machine
was his "own man" but wished his identity didn't rely
on a suit so similar to Iron Man's. I believe some casual readers
confused these two similar looking characters and Marvel eventually
changed War Machine's armor.
In a bizarre
twist, aliens fused Rhodes to a new Eidolon Warwear armor. I doubt
if Rhodey goes anywhere with this look.