by Marvel A Marvel Knights series by the talents who brought you the IRON MAN movie! What’s a billionaire to do when he’s worn out from running a multi-national corporation? Well, if his name happens to be Tony Stark, it’s a situation that calls for some R & R in the casinos of sin city! Mix in a beautiful archaeologist and the fifty-foot dragon statue she discovered, and a plague of lizards descending on Las Vegas, and it’s a recipe for the sort of armored adventure that’s a perfect chaser after an evening at the movies!
On the banks of the rising Yangtze, a man and woman are walking through some old ruins. The woman is there to observe an archeological find the man is showing her. As they enter a temple, the woman notes two statues of lions, called Shishi, are inside the temple instead of outside. The man suggests the Lions of Fo may have been meant to protect the outside world from the spirits within. He then tells the woman that a price has not yet been set on the object he is about to show her. They arrive in a massive cavern and in it is a massive golden dragon statue.
On an airplane somewhere over the Mediterranean, a woman is asking Tony Stark why he isn't flying in one of his own planes. When he tells her this is his plane, she says she meant one of his private planes. As he asks what her name is, a man stands up with a bomb strapped to his chest and commands that everyone stay seated. As he moves across the plane, Tony leaves his seat and goes into a bathroom stall. The bomber begins yelling at a woman holding a crying child, and Iron Man appears right behind him. He grabs the bomber and flys right out of the top of the plane. The suicide bomber blows himself up, killing only himself and leaving Iron Man's armor steaming. Iron Man gets back on to the airplane and trys to calm everyone down, but the passengers are angry at what he did and tell him to go back to America. As he leaves the plane, he comments to himself, "I need a vacation."
In Las Vegas, Tony approaches to woman in bathing suits by the pool to accompany him to his suite. The giant golden dragon statue is being assembled outside of a new casino. As its head is attached to the rest of its body, nobody seems to notice it's eyes beginning to glow. Suddenly thousands of lizards from the surrounding desert begin rushing into Las Vegas.
In his suite, the two women are asking Stark if they can meet his bodyguard, Iron Man. The people of Las Vegas began freaking out as thousands of lizards swarm all over the city. Tony gets a call from Pepper Potts while in bed with the two women from the pool. When he comes down from his room, he sees what is going on in the streets.
A news reporter on the scene comments on city services being on high alert. A plague of reptiles has descended upon Las Vegas, and the mayor is urging people to remain calm. The reporter also notes that all hotels are at maximum capacity due to the grand opening of the strip's largest resort... the Golden Dragon Casino.