Superior Iron Man #3

Superior Iron Man #3

Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: Yildiray Cinar
Ink Assistants: Ruy Jose and Juan Velasco
Colorist: Guru-eFX
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover Artists: Mike Choi (standard cover), Yildiray Cinar and Jordan Boyd (variant cover)

I can’t help but say that Superior Iron Man #3 is kind of a mediocre issue. The story and characters meander a little, the art doesn’t really jump out, and in the end, it’s just not very impressive. Nothing leaves a mark. Hopefully it’s just a point of transition, but as is, it’s kind of a miss.

First off, the cover holds a lot of promise. The last issue ended with Iron Man getting the one up on Daredevil. Tony has him at a disadvantage, blinded by sight, you might say. But it doesn’t take long for Daredevil to resist the temptation of Stark and put him in a bad move. Teen Abomination then comes back into play. Iron Man pacifies him with words, and the issue is pretty much over except for a last scene with Daredevil visiting Foggy.

Part of my problem with the issue could be the characters. I’m not familiar with Daredevil, so I might be missing some subtle story points with dialog and scenes. I know I missed out on the last page because I have no idea who Foggy is and what the emotional impact of that scene was trying to impart. Longtime fans might have got a huge payoff there, I just don’t know. Then there are the scenes between Pepper and this old Iron Man suit, yet another side plot I’m in the dark about. Is this just a suit? Is this another Iron Man superhero? Without those answers, the story fell a little flat, something to keep in mind for noobs like myself.

On the other hand, I did enjoy some of the humor Tony imparts in the dialog. He has some good lines with Daredevil and Teen Abomination. I also like the angle of Teen Abomination only being 13 years old. There’s some serious implications there that could be explored. Another angle I liked was how Iron Man shows up and saves the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents in the helicopter, thus retaining his status as a superhero. For all his misdeeds and the danger of Extremis, he’s still out there saving lives. If some of those story elements can be played up on more in future issues, I think this storyline can bounce back quick. Rather than just a self-centered Iron Man getting people addicted to nanotech, it would be much more interesting to explore a hero divided between the good in himself and the lurking corruption.

With the story being what it is, the art didn’t add a whole lot more. It complemented the story, it worked, it even looks pretty, but it’s nothing that made me go “oooh” and “aaah” and “awesome!” There are a lot of perspective shots in the beginning forcing the reader into Daredevil’s point of view. There are a lot of bright, glossy colors and lighting. There’s also only one full page shot, usually the height of the action or a very important moment in the issue. In this case, it’s the retro Iron Man playing with some holographic screens. Not the best use of emotional impact.

While Superior Iron Man #3 doesn’t soar to any new heights, it’s still not a bad issue. I give it a three out of five metal bikinis.

Reviewed By: Skuldren for Roqoo Depot.

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