- Writer: Tom Taylor
- Pencilers: Yildiray Cinar, Felipe Watanabe
- Inkers: Cinar & Ruy Jose
- Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
- Cover Art: Mike Choi
- Release Date: April 15, 2015
So if Marvel could make Spider-Man a bad guy per-say and make it a hit, the same should work with Iron Man, right? Right? Eh, not so much but that doesn’t necessarily mean that Superior Iron Man has been a failure. The story itself has been interesting, but far from outstanding. If there had been no Superior Spider-Man, then this would have carried so much more weight with me.
I will be honest with you and confess that even though I have picked up every single issue of this series, mainly to do with my love of Iron Man, I have not read them all. Perhaps that has clouded my opinion somewhat, but I haven’t been blown away with Superior Iron Man like I was with Superior Spider-Man. That that being said let me get on with the virtues of THIS issue and not my displeasure with the series as a whole.
This story arc has many elements rehashed from most of Invincible Iron Man, when Tony Stark had to reformat his mind using a backup copy he had stored away. Only this time, it’s to erase an immoral and invasive personality imprinted on Tony. Using his Mark II armor, Pepper Potts is trying to get the old Tony Stark back before he does even more harm than he’s already done with his plans to make Extremis 3.0 publicly available. The copy of Tony’s mind being used is an 8 year-old copy and this newer, more improved Tony Stark comes with 60% more bad guy and 80% more smarts.
I’ve just had a feeling all along that I’ve read this before and it has made it far less entertaining than it should be. I love Iron Man, Tony Stark and all the support characters, but this series has just been bland and disappointing.
Once again it is the artwork that has really saved this for me. I am much more of a fan of this artwork than I was with Invincible Iron Man, which I never really cared for. Yildiray Cinar, Felipe Watanabe, Cinar Jose and Ruy Jose have done a stellar job with the artwork in this issue. It is much more in line with how I picture these characters, without being carbon copies of Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow. There are a couple of full-page panels in this issue that I wish I could make into posters for my office, they are that spectacular. Mike Choi’s cover art is also noteworthy. I am just sad that all the brilliant art has been almost wasted on such a weak story line.
After Secret Wars is finished destroying and recreating the Marvel universe, I am hoping for a more solid Iron Man title.
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