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What shocking revelations have left Tony Stark reeling? Will Pepper Potts turn her back on Tony for good? The impossible is working against him. Doubt is creeping in. His history is uncertain...and his future has just been complicated by another ghost of the past. Collecting: Superior Iron Man 6-9


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What shocking revelations have left Tony Stark reeling? Will Pepper Potts turn her back on Tony for good? The impossible is working against him. Doubt is creeping in. His history is uncertain...and his future has just been complicated by another ghost of the past. Collecting: Superior Iron Man 6-9

30 review for Superior Iron Man, Volume 2: Stark Contrast

  1. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    2.5 stars I was one of the readers that loved the first volume, so I was excited to get my hands on this one. Unfortunately, it didn't really impress me. Tony getting his personality rewritten into a more douchey version of himself wasn't (to me) a bad thing. I like seeing characters take on their worst traits...for a while. I do expect it to get fixed eventually, though. Sadly, it looks like Secret Wars is hijacking this storyline from here on out, so this seemed like a rushed jumble of unformed 2.5 stars I was one of the readers that loved the first volume, so I was excited to get my hands on this one. Unfortunately, it didn't really impress me. Tony getting his personality rewritten into a more douchey version of himself wasn't (to me) a bad thing. I like seeing characters take on their worst traits...for a while. I do expect it to get fixed eventually, though. Sadly, it looks like Secret Wars is hijacking this storyline from here on out, so this seemed like a rushed jumble of unformed ideas. Maybe this is how it was supposed to go down, but it felt very unfinished (again, to me). For example, the entire Daredevil storyline just...disappeared. This was all about Pepper and an old version of Tony (a downloaded personality...roll with it) trying to stop Evil/Amoral Tony. Midway through, I could just kind of feel everything slipping off the rails, and sliding into phone-it-in territory. It was as though Taylor just said...Awww, fuck it. None of this is going to matter in a few months anyway. So, it went the way of every generic plotline ever written. I'm not saying it's the worst thing I've ever read, but I felt let down and disappointed by the lackluster finale. shrugs Meh. I guess it's just another title that's been bulldozed by Major Crossover Events. *frowns* I'm so used to it, that I'm barely even upset when I see this sort of thing anymore. Ha. How sad is that? See you after Secret Wars, Tony!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Paul E. Morph

    I'm going to be honest here. It might sound overblown but I found the entire run of Superior Iron Man repugnant. It span out of what was probably the single worst crossover event Marvel have ever produced and was a hackneyed attempt to cash in on the success of Superior Spider-Man. Not only that but it's all been done before! Seriously, how many times has Tony Stark fallen from grace now? From Demon In A Bottle to Armour Wars to The Crossing to god knows what next... I would dearly love Tony Star I'm going to be honest here. It might sound overblown but I found the entire run of Superior Iron Man repugnant. It span out of what was probably the single worst crossover event Marvel have ever produced and was a hackneyed attempt to cash in on the success of Superior Spider-Man. Not only that but it's all been done before! Seriously, how many times has Tony Stark fallen from grace now? From Demon In A Bottle to Armour Wars to The Crossing to god knows what next... I would dearly love Tony Stark to come out of Secret Wars as a hero again, as he should be, untainted by all this crap. I read an interview where one of the Marvel management team stated that, since the success of the movies, Marvel now consider Iron Man to be their flagship character. If that's the case, Marvel, why are you trying to make the comicbook version of your flagship character such a loathsome piece of shit? Sort it out...

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nicolo

    The reader had high hopes for this second collection of Superior Iron Man. There are two factors. First, the first collection was really good, an inspired take on a character defined by constraint into removing all morality from him. Second, the cover is a bad ass image of Pepper Potts in her Rescue armor looking down on her former boss after sanctioning a savage beat down on him. This is the context needed to understand why the reader feels that this book may have its merits but its a relative The reader had high hopes for this second collection of Superior Iron Man. There are two factors. First, the first collection was really good, an inspired take on a character defined by constraint into removing all morality from him. Second, the cover is a bad ass image of Pepper Potts in her Rescue armor looking down on her former boss after sanctioning a savage beat down on him. This is the context needed to understand why the reader feels that this book may have its merits but its a relative disappointment. I would have wanted to see more Cinar pages but Watanabe and his Leinil Francis Yu-esque art isn't bad. Braga also contributed a decent full issue to spell out Cinar as well. The story is where this collection lacked, especially the ending. The ending isn't satisfying and only leads into Secret Wars, but if you've read Jonathan Hickman's Time Runs Out Secret Wars lead-in, you would now that Tony Stark was a prisoner of the Cabal for a while. I guess that all happened off-panel during the time jump. Ultimately, you would want to read this if you've had the first volume of Superior Iron Man but if you haven't, save yourself and read that instead.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    You might not expect the new Thor and Superior Iron Man to have much in common, but both of their second volumes suffer thanks to a shortage of the main narrative and the inclusion of a decades-old story. Much like Who Holds The Hammer?, Stark Contrast is a great read, but there isn't quite enough of the main story to earn a higher rating. The first four issues of Stark Contrast are solid, building to a climax that unfortunately felt abrupt and somewhat lacking. I hate to mention it once again, b You might not expect the new Thor and Superior Iron Man to have much in common, but both of their second volumes suffer thanks to a shortage of the main narrative and the inclusion of a decades-old story. Much like Who Holds The Hammer?, Stark Contrast is a great read, but there isn't quite enough of the main story to earn a higher rating. The first four issues of Stark Contrast are solid, building to a climax that unfortunately felt abrupt and somewhat lacking. I hate to mention it once again, but it seems that Marvel's Secret Wars event may have forced this series to wrap up before it reached a natural conclusion. Several plot points are resolved in the finale, but it's done in a rapid-fire way that's jarring compared to the pace set by the previous eight issues. If the series had lasted one more month (making it ten issues long, with two five-issue trades and two halves to the story...makes sense to me) then the ending would have had more room to breathe. Again, I hate to complain, but instead of a Superior Iron Man #10, we get Iron Man #182 from May, 1984. It's not as laughably expositional and clunky as the story in Thor Vol. 2, but it's still a pointless, baffling read that offers an unsatisfying end to the volume. Also, Tony Stark has blue hair. I know that this was the done thing back in the day but it looks ridiculous in 2015. Still, Stark Contrast has moments. Writer Tom Taylor raises the stakes, with the conflict escalating into a tense game of one-upmanship, ahead of an explosive final confrontation. Laura Braga's artwork remains strong, Felipe Watanabe and a team of inkers maintain the consistent character designs and Yildiray Cinar makes a triumphant return for the finale. Again, Guru-eFX assists the cohesion of the book with great colour work. The story is still engaging and overall Superior Iron Man is a worthwhile read. It's just that in attempt to race to the finish line, it stumbles, taking the shine off an otherwise enjoyable run.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jesse A

    Good, if definitely rushed, ending.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Sesana

    The first volume of Superior Iron Man was strangely, almost unaccountably good. And then this happened. I strongly suspect that Taylor felt rushed and lacked motivation to develop his story as effectively as he maybe could have, considering that Secret Wars was barreling down the pipe. Particularly because it looks as though the Superior Iron Man will be a thing of the past right out of the post-Secret Wars gate. I can see how this would screw things up royally. In volume one, Taylor seemed to b The first volume of Superior Iron Man was strangely, almost unaccountably good. And then this happened. I strongly suspect that Taylor felt rushed and lacked motivation to develop his story as effectively as he maybe could have, considering that Secret Wars was barreling down the pipe. Particularly because it looks as though the Superior Iron Man will be a thing of the past right out of the post-Secret Wars gate. I can see how this would screw things up royally. In volume one, Taylor seemed to be setting the stage for a lengthy run, and that just didn't happen. The end result is something considerably less intelligently written, but with some really good moments. I'm a huge fan of Pepper out-maneuvering Stark, and I really liked the ending. In a world where Secret Wars didn't screw everything up, this could have led to some really interesting stories. But that didn't happen.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    Tom Taylor does an admirable job in these final four issues of Superior Iron Man in wrapping up the storylines he started in the first five issues; with the advent of Secret Wars, there's a lot of pressure to leave things in a good place - otherwise you end up with things like Gerry Duggan's Hulk, which ended basically mid-story arc and had so many unresolved plotlines that it made me angry. Taylor pits Pepper Potts and an 8-year old Tony Stark AI against the Superior Iron Man and Teen Abominatio Tom Taylor does an admirable job in these final four issues of Superior Iron Man in wrapping up the storylines he started in the first five issues; with the advent of Secret Wars, there's a lot of pressure to leave things in a good place - otherwise you end up with things like Gerry Duggan's Hulk, which ended basically mid-story arc and had so many unresolved plotlines that it made me angry. Taylor pits Pepper Potts and an 8-year old Tony Stark AI against the Superior Iron Man and Teen Abomination, as Superior Tony's ego gets the best of him and he goes even further off the rails. The story ramps up over the four issues, and it ends in a good place to slide into Jonathan Hickman's Avengers stuff and the ultimate end of the Superior Tony Stark. The art's mostly just 'okay', with Laura Braga of issue #5 returning for issue #6, and then Yildiray Cinar and Felipe Watanabe double teaming for the final three issues. Watanabe's a bit more angular, with harsher lines than both Braga and Cinar, but there's never any major problems, it's just kind of...eh. Superior Iron Man, like a lot of post-Axis pre-Secret Wars storylines, didn't really get a lot of time to run with it's interesting plot ideas, but Tom Taylor and co. do an admirable job of making this entertaining whilst wrapping things up and having their hands tied, which, really, is all we can hope for when met with such insurmountable odds by editorial mandate.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Christopher Mclean

    This was quite a disappointment, I enjoyed the first volume, and for the first few issues this one was going along very well, then suddenly it all ended. Over the first few issues Taylor does a good job of giving some more context, to the characters motivations, and sets some nice paths to take the story down, then out of nowhere over the space of about half an issue everything just ends. I wouldn't say it wraps up at all as their is no build up to the conclusion and no real resolution for the ch This was quite a disappointment, I enjoyed the first volume, and for the first few issues this one was going along very well, then suddenly it all ended. Over the first few issues Taylor does a good job of giving some more context, to the characters motivations, and sets some nice paths to take the story down, then out of nowhere over the space of about half an issue everything just ends. I wouldn't say it wraps up at all as their is no build up to the conclusion and no real resolution for the characters or the plot, it just stops. I understand this was done for the Secret Wars event but it really ruined what could have been a very enjoyable little mini-series if it had had just a few more issues.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Clarissa

    The artwork is the only reason I'm giving this 2 stars but the story just sucked. I've had enough attacks on Tony's character and morality, and this series just went overboard. Way to make Tony Stark a complete dick, Taylor! I do not appreciate it! If you're going to warp someone's character I expect you to not leave it open-ended. The story went no where. First off, the story with Daredevil just disappears. We spend around 3 issues with Matt trying to ruin Tony's plans for him just to lose his me The artwork is the only reason I'm giving this 2 stars but the story just sucked. I've had enough attacks on Tony's character and morality, and this series just went overboard. Way to make Tony Stark a complete dick, Taylor! I do not appreciate it! If you're going to warp someone's character I expect you to not leave it open-ended. The story went no where. First off, the story with Daredevil just disappears. We spend around 3 issues with Matt trying to ruin Tony's plans for him just to lose his memory of it. Wtf? Oh, and Teen Abomination is just hanging out in the background while all this goes on. Second: I was expecting more action from Pepper when I saw her in the Rescue outfit and got nothing. Taylor's makes it seem like there's some big plan to save Tony from himself and builds up to a climax but falls short. It all felt very rushed and unfinished. I feel absolutely no urge to read Secret Wars to find out how this ends.

  10. 5 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    So the first volume was fun and a bit dumb. This one basically stays the same. I felt it was rushed, and another issue could have helped a lot, but I really enjoyed the fights in this one. Watching all the different Iron-man suits try to fuck up the new superior suit, that got me excited. I don't know how I feel about the wrap up but I guess it all gets fixed but I haven't read much of Axis so yeah. Either way good time, very silly, but if you wanna see a somewhat evil Tony doing evil shit and b So the first volume was fun and a bit dumb. This one basically stays the same. I felt it was rushed, and another issue could have helped a lot, but I really enjoyed the fights in this one. Watching all the different Iron-man suits try to fuck up the new superior suit, that got me excited. I don't know how I feel about the wrap up but I guess it all gets fixed but I haven't read much of Axis so yeah. Either way good time, very silly, but if you wanna see a somewhat evil Tony doing evil shit and beating everyone, check this one out.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Daria Marshall

    The art was really good, but the story was a bit lackluster. Taking away all of Tony's humanity and morality is an interesting idea to play with, but I felt like the ending was really weak and I guess I need to read Secret Wars now, even though I hadn't planned on it at this moment. I was hoping for a bit more of Pepper being a badass since she's on the cover in her Rescue suit, but sadly, there was a real lack of her fighting. And where did the Daredevil storyline from the first volume go? Over The art was really good, but the story was a bit lackluster. Taking away all of Tony's humanity and morality is an interesting idea to play with, but I felt like the ending was really weak and I guess I need to read Secret Wars now, even though I hadn't planned on it at this moment. I was hoping for a bit more of Pepper being a badass since she's on the cover in her Rescue suit, but sadly, there was a real lack of her fighting. And where did the Daredevil storyline from the first volume go? Overall, this definitely wasn't my favorite.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jordan Lahn

    I certainly enjoyed this story, but once again it feels like a story that was forced to wrap up for Secret Wars before it reached a natural stopping point. I wish the writers had been given more time to explore Tony's dark side, because it seems like with the end of Time Runs Out killing Tony and the absence of Superior Iron Man in any of the Secret Wars stuff so far, this story essentially evaporates into the ether when Secret Wars resolves and Bendis takes over Iron Man. I certainly enjoyed this story, but once again it feels like a story that was forced to wrap up for Secret Wars before it reached a natural stopping point. I wish the writers had been given more time to explore Tony's dark side, because it seems like with the end of Time Runs Out killing Tony and the absence of Superior Iron Man in any of the Secret Wars stuff so far, this story essentially evaporates into the ether when Secret Wars resolves and Bendis takes over Iron Man.

  13. 5 out of 5

    47Time

    Pepper is pretty hot in an Iron Man suit. Tony continues to fight his closest friend and the suit that houses his consciousness from 8 years before. He will discover too late the price he pays for losing his morality. Tony is trapped by his old suit that was designed to be his contingency plan. It has his consciousness downloaded into it, so it wants to help Tony to become himself again while fighting its own existential crisis. Pepper will also play an important role, but ultimately Tony is too Pepper is pretty hot in an Iron Man suit. Tony continues to fight his closest friend and the suit that houses his consciousness from 8 years before. He will discover too late the price he pays for losing his morality. Tony is trapped by his old suit that was designed to be his contingency plan. It has his consciousness downloaded into it, so it wants to help Tony to become himself again while fighting its own existential crisis. Pepper will also play an important role, but ultimately Tony is too formidable an opponent. (view spoiler)[Tony escapes the suit before it can find and remove the corruption in his mind. For their next fight Tony transforms his newest suit into a destruction machine and goes all out against his united suits. Pepper joins the fray in a suit of her own and takes Tony out of the fight. It all turns out to be a ruse when Tony wakes up and installs a virus that disables the consciousness using his suits. He then regains his symbiote suit which makes him basically invincible. Pepper is left to fight him using the media. The last panel shows him alone and brooding for having lost his closest allies. (hide spoiler)]

  14. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    The conclusion to the Superior Iron Man story. Overall a bit of a weak and rushed ending. After a decent start and good character building in part 1, this is just a rush to the finale. There are some decent scenes along the way, including “Superior” Tony battling Pepper and a host of Iron Man armours. Unfortunately some of the more interesting plot lines from part 1 are lost, including Daredevil, the investigation into Extremis, and Teen Abomination. The final part of this book isn’t even part of The conclusion to the Superior Iron Man story. Overall a bit of a weak and rushed ending. After a decent start and good character building in part 1, this is just a rush to the finale. There are some decent scenes along the way, including “Superior” Tony battling Pepper and a host of Iron Man armours. Unfortunately some of the more interesting plot lines from part 1 are lost, including Daredevil, the investigation into Extremis, and Teen Abomination. The final part of this book isn’t even part of the Superior storyline, but instead a reprint of an old story. In its own way it shows an insight into Tony’s past and his relationship with alcohol but feels tagged on the end just to increase the page count. If you have read part 1, this at least furthers the story of arrogant “evil” Tony Stark, but it certainly would not be winning over new readers. If you want to start reading Iron Man, this is not the place to start. I’m hoping the character and story improve after the Secret Wars event.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Quentin Wallace

    3.5 Stars This continued the story of newly "evil" Tony Stark. I had a few issues with this one. First, there isn't a satisfying conclusion. I think this may have been wrapped up in the recent Secret Wars series, but I'm not sure. Second, this volume made Dardevil's appearance in volume 1 seem superfluous. I thought Dardevil was an odd choice anyway, but after this volume it really made the appearance seem unnecessary. Tony Stark's main antagonist in this volume is...Tony Stark? Long story, but i 3.5 Stars This continued the story of newly "evil" Tony Stark. I had a few issues with this one. First, there isn't a satisfying conclusion. I think this may have been wrapped up in the recent Secret Wars series, but I'm not sure. Second, this volume made Dardevil's appearance in volume 1 seem superfluous. I thought Dardevil was an odd choice anyway, but after this volume it really made the appearance seem unnecessary. Tony Stark's main antagonist in this volume is...Tony Stark? Long story, but it's a pretty cool twist. Overall I thought this was a cool idea, but not sure how well received it was. It does show that Tony Stark can make almost as good a villain as he does a hero.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jill Kenna

    It's ok, not my fav Iron Man volume It's ok, not my fav Iron Man volume

  17. 5 out of 5

    Brent

    Not my Iron Man. This was a sort of filler Iron Man before Secret Wars. Some fine comics artists, at least three, but this is a comic book treading water.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ariya

    By far, this series is the best Iron Man comics I've ever read (haven't read Civil War: Iron Man yet). The two volumes are read as a chess game, plus the players are Tony Stark vs Tony Stark. And it's such a clever play with all the plot twists, turning tables, smart moves of cat-and-mouse chasing and running wild. Within only 9 issues, the characters, the tension, and the pacing have been on point. We get to see Tony become a hot, and sexy but very intelligent vigilant. He's at his utmost arrog By far, this series is the best Iron Man comics I've ever read (haven't read Civil War: Iron Man yet). The two volumes are read as a chess game, plus the players are Tony Stark vs Tony Stark. And it's such a clever play with all the plot twists, turning tables, smart moves of cat-and-mouse chasing and running wild. Within only 9 issues, the characters, the tension, and the pacing have been on point. We get to see Tony become a hot, and sexy but very intelligent vigilant. He's at his utmost arrogant narcissistic self and tries to gain the control over the world through an Extremis app, even as simple as it sounds, the technological products always get to the people, especially when it comes to improve your appearance. Anyway, things have been so out of hand. Pepper stepped into the God's plan and set up the contingency Iron Man with Tony Stark memories and personalities to it. The story will get less complicated if Iron Man doesn't plan to replace Tony "Mr.Evil" Stark. Basically it sounds a little flamboyant and somewhat unconvincing, but the writing and the art collaborate so well together. The foreplay tension between Daredevil and Tony serves (so right) as the character's motives and explorations. The conflicts have been built in since issue 1 and continues to be more sensible, and before you know it, the exposition at the end is not taken by surprises, but satisfying. Along the way, the plot is usually neat and gripping. We see Tony in his darkest time, and he proves all the theories that when the richest man on the capitalism society wants to be in control, the world has nothing except to be submitted, willingly, to him. Also Pepper Potts is so well-written. She has an armor built by a robot and tries to protect Tony from Tony's mind, which is beyond awesomeness and sounds so legit and so Pepper. She really did outplay him at the end. Tony, even comes in the fullest weaponized form, has been left alone. He is stripped down to his own palace, manipulating people and the world as his playthings but there's no one else on his side. He's left with his own mirror, looking into it and there's an empty and soulless man staring back. And, considering this had been told by Pepper, it is always Tony's worst fear of all. I can babble about it all day, seriously.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Ellie Hope

    don't get me wrong: this storyline is stupid and ridiculous and i hate it. i don't know why marvel thinks making their tentpole superheroes "evil" is interesting or clever, but i guess that's just their business model now. the 3 stars are for: -the fact that evil!tony has an orgy with both men and woman, presumably confirming that real!tony is bi/pansexual. look, i'll take it -pepper beating the shit out of evil!tony in her rescue armour is my kink -my version of the book has an earlier issue (invin don't get me wrong: this storyline is stupid and ridiculous and i hate it. i don't know why marvel thinks making their tentpole superheroes "evil" is interesting or clever, but i guess that's just their business model now. the 3 stars are for: -the fact that evil!tony has an orgy with both men and woman, presumably confirming that real!tony is bi/pansexual. look, i'll take it -pepper beating the shit out of evil!tony in her rescue armour is my kink -my version of the book has an earlier issue (invincible iron man vol 1 #182) at the back and that issue is one of the most genuinely heart wrenching comics i've ever read, even if it is a little ham-fisted in its depiction of tony's alcoholism and suicidal behaviour. it also has some wonderful and emotional interaction between tony and rhodey, which i love 45/100

  20. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    Not as good as volume 1. The story was quite strange. I wasn't sure who was Tony Stark and who to root for. The art work really saved the day here it was stunning and well connected to the story. Not as good as volume 1. The story was quite strange. I wasn't sure who was Tony Stark and who to root for. The art work really saved the day here it was stunning and well connected to the story.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Fate's Lady

    I was really intrigued to see where this story was going, only to have it cut short and end abruptly for this weird Secret Wars summer event. I'm disappointed at the cop out. I was really intrigued to see where this story was going, only to have it cut short and end abruptly for this weird Secret Wars summer event. I'm disappointed at the cop out.

  22. 5 out of 5

    TJ Shelby

    Decent read that I guess leads into Secret Wars event.

  23. 5 out of 5

    J.J Flores

    2.5 I was a big fan of the first volume, but this one is not that good, conflicts get solved in the easiest way possible and is not even entertaining.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jaime

    Review also posted to my blog. 1) Superior Iron Man, Volume 1: Infamous ★★★★ content warnings: body horror, violence, death “Well, I have plans. Change is coming. It will be change for the better but not everyone will see it that way. I’m expecting some resistance. So, I want the hearts and minds of the loyal, brainwashed customers who consume your media. I want your networks, your papers, your online video services, your social media platforms, and the politicians in your pocket. I want to buy Review also posted to my blog. 1) Superior Iron Man, Volume 1: Infamous ★★★★ content warnings: body horror, violence, death “Well, I have plans. Change is coming. It will be change for the better but not everyone will see it that way. I’m expecting some resistance. So, I want the hearts and minds of the loyal, brainwashed customers who consume your media. I want your networks, your papers, your online video services, your social media platforms, and the politicians in your pocket. I want to buy it all.” I have... some mixed feelings on this volume. I really enjoyed the first one, even when it was kind of silly and ridiculous, but something about this one just fell short for me. Don't get me wrong, I still liked it, it just was a weaker follow up in my opinion. While the first volume follows Matt trying to stop Tony, this volume has Pepper trying to help Tony and attempt to bring back the man she once knew. God, guys, I love Pepper so much in every media she's in, and this was definitely no exception. This comic also has one of my all-time favourite comic covers, with her standing over Tony *chefs kiss*. There are two things that I think didn't work in this volumes favour: first, it's one issue shorter than the last at only four issues. I'm wary of volumes with only five issues, but four is quite frankly a ridiculously low number to tell a story. The only time I've ever seen it done well was with The Authority, and those storylines were purposely structured in a way that made four-issue story arcs sustainable. The fact that this is four issues means that everything feels a bit too rushed and sometimes convenient. The second issue is that this volume is much more action-heavy than the first one. There's lots of focus in this one on physical altercations involving Tony, which definitely didn't help with the fact that this felt rushed. Other than those two things, though, I generally thought this was a pretty good comic, if a weaker one to its predecessor. I did love the final panels, and overall this is series I would recommend for those wanting to see an interesting take on Iron Man.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Alex E

    So this wraps up the "superior" title that was running before Secret Wars. Which is a shame because I was enjoying evil Tony. This volume definitely amps up the "evilness" as Tony goes from just an arrogant prick (which is pretty much old Tony) to essentially an emerging super villain. Tony has a plan, what it is is never thoroughly explained, but he has some kind of plan to eradicate a small percentage of the world population to allow the others a "better quality of life". Which of course everyo So this wraps up the "superior" title that was running before Secret Wars. Which is a shame because I was enjoying evil Tony. This volume definitely amps up the "evilness" as Tony goes from just an arrogant prick (which is pretty much old Tony) to essentially an emerging super villain. Tony has a plan, what it is is never thoroughly explained, but he has some kind of plan to eradicate a small percentage of the world population to allow the others a "better quality of life". Which of course everyone is against, including a backup of his consciousness which now inhabits his mark II armor. The armor along with Pepper try to bring Tony back from the brink, but by the end of the volume, realize it is far too late. While the ending is a bit rushed, I felt like it was a logical ending. Tony ends up alone and isolated, due to himself of course. The art was great, I definitely enjoyed the coloring which complemented the pencils really well. I gave it a lower score because of the rushed ending and the fact that the series didnt get to continue because of the Secret Wars event. I really dislike when editorial gets in the way of talent. But it is what it is. This actually wraps up my reading list of Iron Man titles. I know there is more after, but I will be saving that for later. Overall, Iron man is a conflicted character. He tends to be arrogant, selfish, and just kind of a dick. But I think thats what makes him work. He feels very human. So much so that when he puts on the suit, you know who's under there, and you know that he will either mess this up, or he is cleaning up something that he messed up in the first place. I never read Iron Man or Avengers when I was young, so catching up now, influenced by the movies of course, is a pleasure. I will definitely be paying more attention to Tony and his adventures from now on.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Oduro AB

    Billionaire Playboy in a suit of armor. Mike the editor of Iron Man explain the creative direction behind the superior Iron Man concept at the end of issue number #2 (See "Behind the Iron Curtain") . Tom Taylor of injustice Fame breaks the traditional mold of selfless incorruptible heroes in his exploration of an Iron Man motivated by little more than his own ambition. Once free of morales & social responsibility Tony Stark declares himself a "Superior Iron Man". What's truly brilliant about this Billionaire Playboy in a suit of armor. Mike the editor of Iron Man explain the creative direction behind the superior Iron Man concept at the end of issue number #2 (See "Behind the Iron Curtain") . Tom Taylor of injustice Fame breaks the traditional mold of selfless incorruptible heroes in his exploration of an Iron Man motivated by little more than his own ambition. Once free of morales & social responsibility Tony Stark declares himself a "Superior Iron Man". What's truly brilliant about this story is that this is not a reworking of Tony Stark's character, we see flashes of our Tony, the sarcastic playboy with a romantic leaning toward Pepper Pots and a deep regard for Happy Hogan but that character has been confined to momentary revelations in what is largely Tony's self serving affectation. The antagonist to Tom Taylor's Superior Iron Man, ignoring the brief cameo appearance of "the man without fear", was Tony Stark himself or rather an artificial intelligence with the brain patterns of a younger Tony. Curiously AI Tony is not exactly a foil to superior Iron Man. I never got the sense that Taylor intended for a AI Tony to serve as a contrast to superior Tony, it would seem that even as as an at official intelligent only Stark is still duplicitous and arrogant. Tony's Superior Iron Man is one of the best characters to come out of the Avengers x-men axis crossover, reading this I though "what if Dr. Doom had remained 'good'" Marvel answered that question with "Infamous Iron Man".

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rob McMonigal

    This is a rare one-star for me. I was incredibly frustrated to find out that after the non-ending here, it looks like this just got sublimated into Secret Wars? Pepper and a hard-drive backup of Tony Stark's memories combine to break out all the various armors (again) in an attempt to take the new, arrogant Stark down. It doesn't go so well, because Pepper can't keep one step ahead of a Futurist, even when he's a mind-altered one. In the end, Pepper tries a non-force form of resistance--but we do This is a rare one-star for me. I was incredibly frustrated to find out that after the non-ending here, it looks like this just got sublimated into Secret Wars? Pepper and a hard-drive backup of Tony Stark's memories combine to break out all the various armors (again) in an attempt to take the new, arrogant Stark down. It doesn't go so well, because Pepper can't keep one step ahead of a Futurist, even when he's a mind-altered one. In the end, Pepper tries a non-force form of resistance--but we don't know where that goes because of the changes to the character post-Secret Wars. That's not Taylor's fault, but it shows that editorial wasn't keen on keeping this going, and I could see why. The art is a mess this time, with a ton of hands in the work, causing Tony to veer wildly in appearance (not a good thing when there's two Tonys running around). Superior Iron man was a flawed concept, from start to aborted finish. You can skip it.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Brandon

    I was actually starting to enjoy this volume, more than the first! It's about Iron Man becoming evil and greedy, like how Tony Stark was before he became Iron Man, but now he has Iron Man tech and powers. And he's up against a back-up AI from the Silver Age that is trying to usurp him as the 'real' Tony Stark. And all his friends are angry at him. And there's an interesting question, amid all the gigantic city-spanning mech battles, about what makes Tony Stark a person. Can he just reboot back t I was actually starting to enjoy this volume, more than the first! It's about Iron Man becoming evil and greedy, like how Tony Stark was before he became Iron Man, but now he has Iron Man tech and powers. And he's up against a back-up AI from the Silver Age that is trying to usurp him as the 'real' Tony Stark. And all his friends are angry at him. And there's an interesting question, amid all the gigantic city-spanning mech battles, about what makes Tony Stark a person. Can he just reboot back to an older copy and ignore all his mistakes? Should he have to work through them? It's all a bit stupid coming from 'evil magic spell' instead of an actual moral quandry but it's still interesting. Then the book ends, because LOL Secret Wars happens so the book has to end. And it's not satisfying. And it's rushed to all hell. And it's a mess with no real answer. What a pity.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Yvonne Alf

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I enjoyed the conclusion to the Superior Iron Man story a lot. Sadly the ending felt quite rushed. I loved the artwork and overall the storyline was gripping and surprising. I think it was fitting, Pepper and Backup-Tony didn't find a way to stop real Tony from his plans and that he was always one step ahead. I loved to see Pepper in her armor again! Too bad they won't continue with the story, maybe they felt they had written themselves in a corner. Looks like I'm one of the view who was happy th I enjoyed the conclusion to the Superior Iron Man story a lot. Sadly the ending felt quite rushed. I loved the artwork and overall the storyline was gripping and surprising. I think it was fitting, Pepper and Backup-Tony didn't find a way to stop real Tony from his plans and that he was always one step ahead. I loved to see Pepper in her armor again! Too bad they won't continue with the story, maybe they felt they had written themselves in a corner. Looks like I'm one of the view who was happy this book included issue #182. I heard so many good things about this issue and I was already wondering how to get my hands on it, since I don't plan to read the whole run up to the 80's. I'm glad to own it now!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Harrison Delahunty

    An interesting conclusion to Superior Iron Man as a series. I enjoyed seeing the eight-years-prior Tony, who fits far more into my vision of who this character is than most modern takes (seeing as I started reading the character with books like The Many Armors, Demon In A Bottle, and The Armor Wars). Seeing all of the legacy Iron Man suits was, of course, a real treat. The weaker thing about this book, however, in comparison to the first volume is Superior Tony's writing. It felt like he flip-flo An interesting conclusion to Superior Iron Man as a series. I enjoyed seeing the eight-years-prior Tony, who fits far more into my vision of who this character is than most modern takes (seeing as I started reading the character with books like The Many Armors, Demon In A Bottle, and The Armor Wars). Seeing all of the legacy Iron Man suits was, of course, a real treat. The weaker thing about this book, however, in comparison to the first volume is Superior Tony's writing. It felt like he flip-flopped between being a complete jerk and someone who was actually capable of sympathy; I'm sure, however, that this up to interpretation. Overall, Superior Iron Man is a decent read if you know who Tony usually is as a character.

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