Superior Iron Man #7
Superior Iron Man #7
Writer: Tom Taylor
Pencillers: Yildiray and Felipe Watanabe
Inkers: Cinar and Ruy Jose
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Cover Artists: Mike Choi (regular cover), Ben Shannon (WTD variant cover)
***This review contains spoilers***
Pepper’s plans fall apart as Tony Stark outsmarts himself in Superior Iron Man #7. Tony worms his way to a course for victory as a contingency plan tries to fix what he’s become. Whether his virtual self is really better than what he is now, we’ll never know. But Pepper is about to face Iron Man, and her trump card is no longer in play.
In considering the storytelling factor of this issue, I’m not sure what to think about it. We finally find out what this virtual Iron Man is and what Pepper’s up to, but the plan falls apart. Tony finds a way to win in the end, even when it looks like he’s lost. As a reader, I don’t want evil Tony to win. I just want the good Iron Man back. Yet we get stuck with bad Iron Man. It’s not the most satisfying story, and with the good guys being so close to victory, this issue is bittersweet.
Visually this issue could have had a better start. The colors open with a very dull palette. There’s a lack of polish, vitality, and things just have a dark hue. Yet once they get out of the drab green lab, the art does pick up. The backdrop of space and the coloring of the suit—as well as the lighting—looks good. Then there’s another shift in the art style as Tony is brought to the space station. You can really see it on Tony’s face with the line hatching shadows. The same shadow effects are used on the Mark II Iron Man armor. I’m not sure why the pencillers made the change as it does break up the issue visually.
Aside from the first six pages, the artwork is pretty good, and while the story isn’t the most satisfying, there is always room for a twist in the next issue. Hopefully Teen Abomination can turn things around. As is, I give Superior Iron Man #7 a three and half out of five metal bikinis. It’s not bad, and it progresses the story, but we’re not quite where we want to be.