Tony Stark was having such a nice day. First, he single-handedly repaired the space shuttle so it could land safely. Then, he returns to Earth for a pleasant evening with a beautiful woman. Unfortunately, he is interrupted by the news of a terrorist bombing in Africa. He learns of a cell of A.I.M. splinter group Advanced Genocide Mechanics, and decides to lead a team to take the group out and look for data on the bombing. Meanwhile, Ezekiel Stane has been using tobacco money to develop research that used himself as a guinea pig, and has significantly increased the normal biological energy he has at his disposal.