Stuart Moore, Roberto de la Torre & Carlo Pagulayan, Jeffrey Huet and Dean White.
Tony and his elite Alpha team are tracking nuclear explosives in Kirikhstan. One of the nuclear devices goes off, but Tony is able to disable the other. The devices are nanotech bombs, which explains the rapid dissipation of the radiation around the site where the bomb did go off.
As soon as the nuke is disabled, SHIELD intercepts a message from a man who takes credit for the bombs and vows to have revenge on those who killed his wife. Tony recognizes the bomber.
Meanwhile, in a Carlo Pagulayan-penciled subplot, a high-level SHIELD agent (Nicolas Weir) inspects the remains of one of their failed weapons - the Overkill Horn. It was decommissioned because it was too dangerous. But Weir isn't just here to look. He knocks out hte security guard and uses a "magic" briefcase full of nanotech to try to rebuild the Overkill device. It seems he was a weapon designer for SHIELD before Stark took over, and his role has been made moot now.
Back in the main de la Torre-penciled plot, Tony reveals the bomber is Nasim Rahimov who used to be a classical pianist and whom Tony knew personally. Tony intimates that he is responsible for Rahimov's current state in some way.
The rebirth of the Overkill Horn goes awry, and starts to fill the room with an out of control blob of tech. Weir books it out of the room.
To be continued...
I liked this issue a lot. As much as I liked the Mandarin storyline, it's nice to finally get a breather from it. It does seem a bit odd that bothe Weir and Rahimov are both using nanotech independently in the same story, but of course there could be a connection. I liked Weir's magic suitcase. His nanotech tricks are pretty cool.
Both artists this issue did a fantastic job. Their styles are distinct but not distractingly so. I love the look and feel of this book, and it's a great companion to Captain America. I was honestly wary of yet another "past sins haunt Tony" story but so far this well seems to be done well with a lot of action and interesting characterization, especially with Weir. Looking forward to the rest of this storyline.