Meet Iron Man 2's Bare-Chested Bad Guy

Want to learn the lowdown on Mickey Rourke's Iron Man 2 villain before next summer's movie? Marvel Comics have recruited Star Trek writer Brannon Braga and Green Lantern movie co-writer Marc Guggenheim to reveal all in Iron Man Vs. Whiplash.

The four-issue series will, according to editor Bill Rosemann, tell you all you need to know about Rourke's character before the movie:

Before he flays the metal off of Tony Stark's hide in 'Iron Man 2,' this is every True Believer's chance to crawl inside the twisted head of the wicked Whiplash... If it's jet-setting, globe-trotting, eye-popping action you crave, Iron Man Vs. Whiplash will make you believe that Tony Stark is indeed a cool exec with a heart of steel... and Whiplash is the fiend that will break it!

Meet Iron Man 2's Bare-Chested Bad Guy

If nothing else, the series will let Marvel redesign the character to more closely resemble his movie incarnation, possibly hint at a potential movie plot (The first issue's solicitation reads "Who is Anton Vanko and why does he blame Tony Stark for the murder of thousands? For that matter, why does the United Nations?"), and bring Braga back to his science fiction roots, just in time to launch his new show FlashForward.

The first issue is released in November.

Whiplash Tears Into Iron Man this November [Marvel.com]