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Superior Iron Man #2: Review

Nov 2014
Tom Taylor, Yildiray Cinar

Story Name:

Daredevil vs Iron Man

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

Superior Iron Man #2 Review by (November 28, 2014)
The initial clash between Iron Man and Daredevil is shown in much more detail in Avengers & X-Men Axis #6. There was an apparent continuity clash between Axis#6 and last issue because the opening page of #1 strongly suggested that its events happened *after* the end of the Axis series. But Axis#6 referred back to these events and included the fight from this issue. This issue's opening page just mentions the personality inversion from Axis#3, so it looks like #1 is outvoted. #1 actually just said that Tony Stark avoided having his personality reset at the end of the Axis event. Other evidence suggests that this *will* be true, but it seems to have been an unnecessary spoiler and not relevant to the events in these early issues. IM's armour in the Castro St scene sports the look from the cover with face and hair visible (but it switches to a more conventional full helmet in the closing fight scene). Tony says his adoring public deserve to see his handsome features. We learn here that Extremis doses will not be automatically renewed in Stark's absence. This would come as a disappointment to the woman in Axis#6 who has set up a regular payment.



 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Superior Iron Man #2 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
Last issue Tony Stark gave away Extremis as a smartphone app to the whole of San Francisco, which turned people into perfect versions of themselves. Then when they had become addicted to it, he started charging them for it. Now Daredevil faces a city of people willing to commit any crime to afford it.

He interrupts a teenage boy trying to rob a woman. When DD has subdued him, his intended victim uploads a film of the incident from her phone to the internet.

DD now goes to Stark's new home/base, a towering structure built on Stark Island, which used to be Alcatraz. He confronts Tony, who uses his Extremis-enhanced strength to throw him off the building into the sea.

Matt Murdock plunges deep into the water, but fights his natural fear of drowning to figure out which way is up and struggle to the surface.

Meanwhile Tony goes back to his party and makes an announcement. He's aware that many can't afford his Extremis prices, so he will be giving out free 1-day doses to any smartphones near him on Castro St at midday the next day.

Next day he arrives as Iron Man 150 minutes late - he had a hangover. But as his system automatically downloads the app into the nearby phones, he's interrupted by a man with a gun. This guy has had a lifelong fight with his addictive personality. And now Extremis has addicted his son. So he shoots Stark in the head.

But to no avail. Although the way his helmet is configured makes it look as though his face is exposed, actually Tony has a transparent faceplate.

IM's response is to take the man up into the sky away from the crowd. He doesn't care about the attempted murder. He's only bothered about the possible bad PR for his cash-cow app.

His system identifies the man as David Bray, and his son Simon as the youth DD dealt with earlier whose image is now all over the net. So Tony offers David a deal - he'll expunge Simon from the internet and even from the woman's phone, and he won't drop David from midair or have him prosecuted. In return David is going to take his free Extremis dose, and tell people this was all just a publicity stunt. David caves in.

Down on the ground Matt Murdock's superhearing picked up their conversation. And he decides to take extreme measures. That night Tony is passed out in the remains of another party, when Daredevil chloroforms him and kidnaps him.

When Stark awakes DD blinds him with an intense light, and a small EMP disables his built-in electronics. Matt tells Tony they're in a deep shielded bunker, so his armour won't be able to track him here. Stark tries to attack Murdock, but blind DD is in his element in the dark.

Matt says he's going to keep Tony down here until all the current Extremis doses have run out, and the population of SanFran has had time to go cold turkey. He doesn't believe egotistical Stark would have left the Extremis redelivery system on automatic.

Stark responds by claiming that his armour detected Murdock in Castro St, and he figured that Daredevil would come after him again. More to the point, his Extremis-based armour is biological these days and is continuously in non-electronic contact with his Extremis-based body. So the EMP wasn't any use.

The symbiotic liquid armour bursts in and encases its master. Iron Man repeats that he was expecting Daredevil. He zaps DD with Extremis. And when Matt awakes with IM waiting he finds that he's no longer blind.


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Yildiray Cinar
Yildiray Cinar
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Mike Choi (Cover Penciler)
Mike Choi (Cover Inker)
Mike Choi (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Clayton Cowles.
Editor: Mark Paniccia.

Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Daredevil
Daredevil

(Matt Murdock)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)