Superior Iron Man #8
Superior Iron Man #8
Writer: Tom Taylor
Penciller: Felipe Watanabe
Inkers: Ruy Jose, Jay Leisten and Walden Wong
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Cover Artist: Mike Choi
It seems the old Iron Man is still kicking in Superior Iron Man #8. It looked like Tony’s Plan-B autonomous suit was out of action in the last issue, but it makes a comeback in this one and with a new suit of armor. Toward the end, things get crazy and the suits start multiplying. But in this war between a crazy Stark and a soulless copy of what he used to be, the only characters worth rooting for are the ones who have been on the sidelines. Can Pepper and Teenage Abomination save the day?
As was the setup in the last issue, Tony tries to convince Pepper that he’s been cured. Surprisingly, the issue doesn’t try to push that one very far as his trick is spoiled on the very next page. At that point we find out the AI copy of himself he made years ago will be a lot tougher to stop than he first thought. Afterwards the comic sort of meanders. Tony throws a party, the AI Iron Man works on some other suits, and Pepper talks with Teen Abomination. Eventually Tony and the AI fight again, an army of Iron Man suits appear, and then Tony goes and metamorphoses into some supersized evil Iron Man that looks a lot like some metallic version of Apocalypse from X-Men. With this stage of the battle just getting started, the issue ends.
It’s an alright story, but it’s not the chapter to get me reinvigorated in the series. I was most excited by the cover reveal for the next issue which shows Pepper in a suit of Iron Man armor. Right now what this series needs is a hero readers can root for, and Pepper would be perfect. So, for now, we’ll just have to wait and see.
The artwork in this issue is good. There are a lot of changes in environments and all the colors are bright and vibrant. The color palette shifts around enough to avoid getting stale or boring. The panel breakdowns convey all the action and do a good job of capturing the characters and shifting the focus.
In the end, this issue isn’t too bad, but it’s a little shy of the mark storywise. It’s almost there, and hopefully the next issue can bring Pepper into the story proper. Without her, this series may be losing its steam pretty fast. I give Superior Iron Man #8 a three out of five metal bikinis.