Superior Iron Man #1

Superior Iron Man #1

Writer: Tom Taylor Artist: Yildiray Cinar, Guru-eFX Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: November 12, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 31 User Reviews: 12
7.8Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

Be Superior! How much would you pay for perfection? Beauty? Immortality? Tony Stark knows, and he's ready to give it to you in SUPERIOR IRON MAN #1! But at a terrible price. Spinning out of Avengers & X-Men: AXIS, the old Tony Stark is back, only this time he's SUPERIOR! More stylish, more confident, and more cunning than ever before. And he's ready to lead you into the future! San Francisco is about to become the prototype for his new world concept. The first step? Release Extremis upon the entire city! Only Daredevil isn't down with Stark's new vision of the future. Does the Man Without Fear have a place in the city of tomorrow? A bold new more

  • 10
    Graphic Policy - Matt Petras Nov 12, 2014

    This is precisely why Tom Taylor was the perfect choice for this story; his DC work has proven himself more than capable of twisting honored heroes into scary, uncomfortable foils of themselves. The first issue of Superior Iron Man casts a net over a few modern day issues, smartly exploring exactly what the Iron Man story says. In addition to this, this comic substantially understands and embraces how to have fun and how to tell a story in a way very specific to superhero comics. While it's just the beginning, it is so good that I can't bring myself to declare it any less than masterful. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Gabe Bustamantez Nov 15, 2014

    If you were like me, and felt skeptical about another comic with another "hero turned bad" story, then allow Tom Taylor and Yildiray Cinar a chance to win you over with a perfect first issue that has a cliffhanger ending that will make you want to add this title to your pull list just to make sure issue 2 is there for you. Read Full Review

  • 10
    We The Nerdy - Justin Micallef Nov 13, 2014

    Superior Iron Man may be a divisive comic book for some, but that does not mean that everyone should at least pick up the first issue. The evil presented in this comic book remains real and understandable without having the implications of vulgarity and extremity. This comic book presents a fear that many Americans hold fully realized, and the Marvel Universe could not be better for it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Nov 13, 2014

    Bottom line: If you enjoy neat twists on classic characters, are a fan of the Iron Man movies who has yet to give the comics a shot, or just a lover of twisted humor and good artwork – you should give Superior Iron Man a try. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Nov 11, 2014

    I say that Superior Iron Man is the comic for those who dont like Iron Man, like me, because you dont need to in order to thoroughly enjoy this book. In fact, its probably a benefit to hate him, honestly. But youre probably going to envy him. And thats all right. Taylor and Cinar are making that abundantly possible, with a strong first issue, a compelling set-up, and a bastard who you just wont believe could get any worse. I may never want old Tony back. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Wesley Messer Nov 14, 2014

    Superior Iron Man is a solid first issue that brings us the new age of Tony Stark to the Marvel Universe. It's hard to judge right now where the series will go but that final page is a doozy. Exploring the Superior Iron Man and just what Tony Stark has in store for San Francisco is going to be something to watch. Despite the book having some mild issues in how it portrays itself, this is a good read. Take note if you weren't a fan of Superior Spider-Man, Superior Iron Man may be a book that might not be up your alley. On the other hand for anyone out there, give Superior Iron Man a fair shot, it's a good read and I am sold enough to see just what Tom Taylor has in store for Tony Stark in the future. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    PopMatters - Jack Fisher Nov 18, 2014

    In the end, what makes Iron Man so superior in Superior Iron Man #1 has nothing to do with how he conducts himself as a hero. He's still doing heroic deeds in protecting people from gamma-powered threats. He's also being a good businessman, giving people a product he knows they want and charging for it in ways that would make Ayan Rand blush. It's a superiority that's built on a mix of cunning and ambition. He's not just content with saving the day. He wants to make the days that come more enjoyable for the people he saves. He's just not going to do it for free anymore. Like anyone who ever bought a cheap cell phone, Tony Stark understands that superiority in any form comes at a price. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Kalem Lalonde Nov 12, 2014

    Superior Iron Man #1 is a comic that will make you despise its main character. He’s an egotistical, supercilious and sordid man. What impresses me about this debut is the extent to which Tony has fallen. There is no lack of moral characters though, with Daredevil and Pepper Pots allowing Taylor to have some voice of reason. If you love to hate evil and nasty characters, this is a series for you! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Latest Pull - Steve Fasone Nov 14, 2014

    "Superior Iron Man" #1 is a promising beginning for this new series. If you aren't too keen on the character, it probably adds even more to the issue. Turning Tony back into a self-interested, wise-cracker who drinks too much might seem like a gimmick but Taylor does a great job at producing something fresh. Taylor never makes Tony's personality change feel too forced. As much as we aren't supposed to like him, there is a lot of entertainment value to be had when we transform our hero into something he once was. We all know that Tony will eventually turn back, and we know that he'll have to deal with the ramifications of his actions, but we get to have a little fun while it lasts. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - Stuart Conover Nov 15, 2014

    I was initially thinking that a complete 180 on Tony Stark was going to come off as badly written and a bad idea. The way the first issue has presented it though really does work. The only reason I'm not super happy is that it takes place after the events of AXIS so it would appear that we may have a couple spoiler hints coming up. Still, a fun read and an interesting direction to take the character in which makes us wonder how they'll end up redeeming him and how long that will take. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Nov 12, 2014

    “Superior Iron Man” needs to not be taken so seriously. This is a fun comic book with a character who's intentionally terrible to other people. This is not a superhero comic in the basic sense. If you can get past the fact that Iron Man is not a typical “good guy” anymore then there's no reason to not enjoy this. More importantly, this is not the first time he's been a less than heroic figure. The history of the character shows us this. It's going to be the journey he takes back to being a hero that will pull readers in and keep them there. “Superior Iron Man” proves that the old cliche is quite true. A leopard can't change its spots. Read Full Review

  • 8.4 - Chase Magnett Nov 12, 2014

    Like the Superior series that preceded it, Superior Iron Man features a hero that is truly the series greatest antagonist as it begins. It lacks someone to root for, but provides an opportunity for Taylor and Cinar to explore interesting new ideas with an old character. Whether they will be able to live up to the potential of this first issue remains to be seen, but they are certainly off to a great start. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Nov 13, 2014

    Tom Taylor hits things up well here with his script and pacing as he shows us what Tony is like when he's looking out for himself and his business interests in a big way. There's the obvious shades of villainy that are being bandied about, but it's more that we're seeing a side of Tony that creeps up every once in awhile. This time may just be taking it further in a much more technology oriented world that can in turn make him a hell of a lot more dangerous. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Nov 13, 2014

    The last few pages reinforce two things about the new direction of the book: Tony is out of control, and Pepper knows it. The final page had a reveal that is truly bizarre, but exciting, and should get most of the readers to come back again for the next issue. This isn't as radical of a change as a female Thor, or Falcon being Captain America, but it is the only one of those developments that seems like it could have permanent damage to the character's legacy, and that makes it exciting. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Draven Katayama (loudlysilent) Nov 13, 2014

    Taylor is writing the unique story where we will be rooting for the protagonist's foils - Pepper and Daredevil - to keep him in check. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Nov 15, 2014

    Superior Iron Man is off to a great start. Stark is slightly more villainous than he initially leads on in the beginning of the book and I like the character progression within the issue. I'm not sure this is a plot that can get a lot of traction for several issues but we will see where it all heads. This is a comic to check out for sure. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Nov 12, 2014

    Heroes going down dark paths isn't anything new. Tom Taylor does have a knack for bringing out the worst in some of our greatest heroes. With Tony Stark drinking again and unleashing the Extremis app upon San Francisco, this is a title to keep an eye on. Yildiray Cinar's art is great in depicting the changes going on and gives us a nice new look for Iron Man. We have to assume this darker Iron Man won't be around forever so we should just sit back, relax, and enjoy the jerky things Tony has planned. SUPERIOR IRON MAN will definitely keep readers on their toes. We're off to a great start. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Outright Geekery - Gaumer Nov 13, 2014

    Despite a bit of lacking from the art, Superior Iron Man is exactly what it was promised to be, expertly delivered by a writer destined for more Marvel titles. From his lackadaisical vigilantism, to his attitude with Pepper to his being back on the sauce and loving each and every single drop, every fiber of Stark's being now oozes with arrogance, greed, and contempt, and I can't wait to see more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Herald - Matt Lehn Nov 16, 2014

    In all, "Superior" really is the best and only adjective to describe this latest version of Iron Man. Borrowing a page from Wolverine, Tony being the best at what he does isn't very nice. But it is damn enjoyable to read. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Nov 13, 2014

    Superior Iron Man #1 is decent start for this brand new series, offering an interesting new direction for the character and his world. The stories it introduces and the writing on the book really show a lot of potential, though I wish the artwork could be a little more exciting. If you are fan of Iron Man and looking for a book with a different direction for the character than usual, this could be worth a look. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Flip Geeks - Josef Hamto Nov 19, 2014

    If you were eagerly waiting for Superior Iron Man #1 to see Iron Man go full-blown villain, you will surely be disappointed. But, if you want to see how a self-centered Iron Man driven by greed and alcohol still become a hero then this is the title for you. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Shadowhawk's Shade - AJ Nov 17, 2014

    Not all that bad a start, but it could have been better I suppose. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Fanboys Inc - Mike Sains Nov 13, 2014

    If you're a new reader looking to jump on, now is the time. But beware, you're getting the comic book version of Iron Man, not the movie version. And aSuperiorversion of him, at that. Which can only mean bad things for everyone who isn't Anthony Stark. Hopefully Tom Taylor and the team are able to make this experience one that is worth our time. I'm holding on for issues #2 and #3 to see how this pans out. But I'm still hesitant to give praise. Luckily for Tony and Tom Taylor alike they have the visual talents of Cinar and Guru-eFX backing them up. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Nov 12, 2014

    Though Marvel picked the ideal writer to chronicle Iron Man's descent into sexy villainy, Superior Iron Man isn't an immediate success. There's too much left unclear regarding the fallout of AXIS, and too little depth or complexity to balance out Tony's bad behavior. Hopefully subsequent issues can offer a better sense of what is driving the former hero and where Taylor is headed with this book. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Milo Milton Jefferies Nov 17, 2014

    So despite its problems, Superior Iron Man is off to a fairly strong start with an interesting premise. Itll be fun to see where Taylor, Cinar and Guru-eFX can take this book going forward and this reviewer is certainly on board for at least the first arc. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Nov 12, 2014

    Like "All-New" and "Ultimate," "Superior" seems to be the latest darling of Marvel descriptive title adjectives, which apparently is now used to denote a familiar looking character with a darker personality. "Superior Iron Man" #1 plays the game decently enough, with a unique and good-looking spin on an overdone idea. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Nov 15, 2014

    The art by Cinaris nice. It's well done and very detailed and clear, but I feel like Superior Iron Man could have been given a bigger push. I like the new direction for Tony Stark, but I just think Taylor makes a few odd choices for his first issue and opening story arc. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Travis Moody Nov 17, 2014

    As for the rest of New Golden Gate Stark, hes just a prick. Theres not too much depth or exposition for his latest motivation for this one, and youll become especially lost as to why if you arent reading AXIS. Its more like Im Iron Man. You should also listen to my trying to be hip! In most cases, that certainly would be enough to justify following his recent spurn of whiskey-laden behavior. But with Superior, were only looking up to ol Shellhead for his showmanship not his faulty, stache-twirling Google analytics. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Noah Sharma Nov 14, 2014

    At its best, this is a great issue, full of all the stuff that Iron Man is best at, but no matter how charming Taylor's writing may be, it feels like Marvel kind of set him up. For better or worse, Tony Stark has always been defined by his flaws. The problem here is that these aren't his flaws anymore. The basic premise of the series feels unnatural and this issue doesn't fight that hard enough. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Nov 12, 2014

    Superior Iron Man doesn't give us anything to cheer about yet. In the back matter, editor Mark Paniccia explains that a bit about the history of "the unlikable Iron Man" and how this book returns Tony to that point in his characterization and cranks it up. The problem is that Tony was pretty unlikable when he was tolerable. Making him even more unlikable and saddling him with a concept as groan-worthy as the creation of a killer app (pun half-intended), doesn't do the character any favors and it forces Tom Taylor to write a character bereft of any dimension. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Nov 17, 2014

    Somebody let me know when the real Iron Man returns. Read Full Review

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