Real Name: James “Jim” Rupert Rhodes
Height: 6’1″ [6’6″ in Amor]
Weight: 240 ibs [470 ibs when in suit]
Hair: Black [with streaks of grey]
Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Universe: Marvel Universe
Origin: Iron Man #144 
James “Rhodey” Rhodes was a US Marine who served several tours in Southeast Asia while studying to become an aviation engineer. In the service, he grew close with his comrade Parnell Jacobs, whom he introduced to childhood friend Glenda Sandoval. Parnell and Glenda eventually fell in love and married.
Rhodes was a soldier with a conscience, willing to kill if a mission required it, yet haunted by every life he took. During one mission, Rhodes’ helicopter was shot down in a jungle and was discovered by Iron Man (Tony Stark), who had recently escaped from the guerrilla Wong-Chu and needed transportation. Iron Man helped repair Rhodes’ helicopter and they made it to safety together. Afterward, Rhodes was approached by Tony Stark, claiming to be Iron Man’s “employer,” and was offered a job as Stark’s pilot. Rhodes agreed to take him up on his offer when his tour of duty was completed. For a while, Rhodes worked as a mercenary with Parnell, but when he caught Parnell running guns to the dictatorship of Santo Marco, he went back to Tony to make good on his word.
Although a novice, Rhodes’ combat experience served him well for his new role as a super hero. Meanwhile, Stark continued to drink and eventually lost Stark International to his rival Obadiah Stane. Rhodes made sure Tony’s alternate Iron Man armors were destroyed to prevent them from falling into Stane’s hands and carried on Iron Man’s tradition.
Power & Ability in Suit:
Rhodes was trained as an aircraft pilot and studied aviation engineering while in service with the United States Marine Corps. He is knowledgeable in aircraft operation/maintenance and has piloted various aircraft at Stark Enterprises. Rhodes is an experienced soldier trained in unarmed combat and military weaponry such as small arms. In addition to being a pilot, engineer, soldier, and businessman, Rhodes derives multiple abilities from various hi-tech armors, either designed by Stark Industries or extraterrestrial in nature. With his years of experience with both the Iron Man and War Machine powered armors, Rhodes is skilled in armored combat and uses a more physical fighting style compared to Stark.
Armors: Iron Man Armor V
Rhodes’ first armor as Iron Man was a solar charged carbon-composite based steel mesh armor which provided him with superhuman-level strength and durability. It was armed with repulsors in each palm of the armor’s gauntlets and a multifunctional unibeam projector in the chest
The original Variable Threat Response Battle Suit Mark I was a version of the Iron Man armor utilizing laser guided munitions. Stark gave Rhodes a modified version of the armor, Mark II Model JRXL-1000, created just for him with the inclusion of repulsors and a unibeam projector. The armor could be modified with various modular weapons and has an improved tactical computer system with automatic targeting. Additional weapons included pulse bolt generators, retractable shoulder minigun, variable-configured double-barrel cannons on each gauntlet, gauntlet mounted flamethrower, plasma blade on the left gauntlet, missile box launcher, micro-rocket launcher, particle beam discharger, and an electromagnetic pulse generator in the unibeam projector that could shut down any electronic device in a 50-mile radius. The armor also included a photon emitter that created a force shield, forcefield-based stealth technology, boot-jet propulsion, and a self-contained breathing system.
The second version of the armor, reconfigured by Stark, contained upgraded improvements such as heat seeking missile launchers, pulse cannon, and retractable weapon pods located on its back. Rhodes utilized different types of specialty ammunition as well as non-lethal weapons such as rubber bullets. Though Rhodes lost the original armor, he still possessed a functional prototype helmet and gauntlet.
“Iron Man 2.0” War Machine Armor:
Created in the series Iron Man 2.0 by Tony Stark, this War Machine armor is a complete redesign after the destruction of the previous model. Designed by Iron Man 2.0 artist Barry Kitson, the armor emphasizes stealth, recon, infiltration, and combat readiness. Unlike its predecessors, it is a slimmed down armor with no visible external weaponry such as shoulder miniguns or missile launchers. The armor’s color scheme is gunmetal with black detailing and has two lines on the helmet’s left eye area that glows according to the repulsor reactor’s color. The armor utilizes upgraded technology such as an updated Chameleon Mode (previously a feature of the “Silver Centurion” Iron Man Armor for optical invisibility, holographic projection, and camouflage purposes. The armor also possesses Ghost technology to phase through solid objects, scanner invisibility to become undetectable to all targeting systems, and a Combat Mode that can deploy weaponry which is normally hidden and increase the size and bulk of the armor. But the armor has limitations such as strain of the armor’s repulsor reactor, disorientation from the Chameleon Mode, and the inability to be both invisible and intangible at the same time due to a compatibility issue.
Rhodes’ powers are derived from his War Machine Armor.
Superhuman Strength: He is capable of lifting between 85-100 tons when wearing his armor.
Superhuman Speed: Even when not traveling for extended distances, the armor enables the wearer to move and react at high speeds.
Enhanced Durability: His armor is very durable, capable of withstanding tremendous amounts of punishment. It can withstand high caliber bullets with ease. He can also withstand rockets, torpedoes, and such, although he does take damage.
Flight: The armor can fly and travel at supersonic speeds.
Power Cells: The armor is powered by a combination of solar converters, electrical batteries and an on-board generator that uses beta particle absorption as a fuel source.
Energy Conversion Power Recharge: The armor is also able to convert nearby energy sources, such as heat or kinetic energy into electricity, or even drain electrical energy directly into the batteries for recharge.
Self-Contained Life-Support System & Environmental Protection: The armor can be completely sealed for operations in vacuum or underwater, providing its own life support, and is shielded against radiation.
Repulsor Rays: The armor can fire particle beams from either or both the palm gauntlets which can repel physical and energy-based attacks, traveling as a single stream or as a wide-field dispersal.
Unibeam: A powerful searchlight capable of projecting beams in virtually every light spectrum.
Gatling Gun A powerful automatic machine gun added to his right shoulder,which fires many bullets simultaneously.
Rocket Launcher An automatic missile launcher added to his left shoulder, which fires a variety of missiles of any type.
Miniature Heat Seeking Missiles A small version of the heat seeking missile designed to hit the targets emitting heat signatures.
Phasing The Iron Man 2.0 armor has the ability to phase through solid objects. The only limit is that it cannot use its weapons while phased.
Invisibility The Iron Man 2.0 armor has the ability to become invisible. The only limit is that it cannot use its weapons systems while invisible.
Skilled Engineer: Rhodes served several tours in Southeast Asia, studying while in the service to become an aviation engineer.Abilities
Skilled Aviator: He is a skilled helicopter pilot and is capable of maneuvering most if not all Stark-designed armors.
Skilled Combatant: Rhodes military training made him a very skilled hand to hand combat.
Skilled Marksman: Aside from his armor’s weaponry, he is a very good marksman.
Skilled Survivalist With intense military training, he can survive explosions and blasts.
Skilled Tactician He can make strategies in order to win.
Without the armor, James Rhodes possesses the normal human strength of a man of his age, height, and build who engages in moderate regular exercise. in armor, roughly 85 tons.
Here a few videos of War Machine:
Iron Man ( Robert Downey Jr) & War Machine (Don Cheadle) from the Iron Man movie series:
Where is War Machine Now?:
In the opening pages, set in Baghdad, Iraq a U.S. bomb team successfully dismantles and removes a vest bomb from a citizen forced to wear it. However, due to some sabotage (and the mention of Palmer Addley again) the bomb explodes with devastating consequences. This opening sequence is very suspenseful as the bomb team works to dismantle the device. It gives evidence that writer Spencer has some detailed military knowledge (or he just watched THE HURT LOCKER enough times until he memorized the details). This sequence was very convincing.
Rhodey recruits Suzi Endo, a communications expert, to help him trace the source of the bomb – – which leads to Russia. Apparently Rhodey and Suzi had a brief romance brewing in their past. Rhodey investigates the Russian location and quickly finds himself rendered helpless and his armor power locked down.
I’m not going to give away anymore. Don’t wait for the trade. Go out there and snatch up Issues #1 and 2. The first story arc concludes next issue, and it should be a fascinating ending. Show your support for single issue sales – – good numbers ensures that the trade edition will get published.