Mind Capsules – Superior Iron Man #4 and The October Faction #4

Superior Iron Man #4
Superior Iron Man #4

Writer – Tom Taylor
Artist – Yildiray Cinar
Inker – Cory Hamsher, Tom Palmer
Colours – Guru-eFX

Tony and Matt are still at each other’s throats, or at least Matt more so than Tony as he really could not care one way or the other.  But as Matt is becoming more of an annoyance, Tony is losing patience and aims to do something about him before he becomes an even bigger problem.  Throw in a run-in with S.H.I.E.L.D. and the continuing drama with Teen Abomination and Tony has his hands full.  What is most interesting about this book at the moment are the exchanges between Daredevil and Iron Man.  Making Matt Murdock the first ‘villain’ of the book was an inspired choice as the two men have never really seen eye to eye.  With Tony’s personality inverted it widens that gap between the two men even further and has Tony cross the line come the end of the book, doing something that puts him solidly in the villain category.  When Tony runs into Maria he proves to be as smart and as slick as ever and when talking to Teen Abomination, he is as mean and sarcastic as can be.  He is a completely different man, yet Tom Taylor has not really changed him all that much, only brought out the aspects Tony used to have many years ago and exaggerated them a little more than they would have been normally.  We are also privy to another one of Tony’s inventions, one that strikes a familiar chord with the stories currently in the news about privacy and the infringement of it by corporations and governments.  It grounds the book a little and adds a level of realism to it not previously seen within its pages in quite some time.  With the continuing artwork by Yildiray Cinar being as good as ever, the book remains entertaining and a great take on a classic hero.

4 out of 5

The October Faction #4
The October Faction #4

Writer – Steve Niles
Artist – Damien Worm

Geoff and Vivian have just watched their father kill a man right in front of them.  It was a little shocking, but in this family, things like this or almost like this, are an everyday occurrence.  So there is nothing left to do at this point except help dear old Dad bury the body.  Elsewhere, Lucas and Robot Face have a conversation about RF’s origins and realize that not everything about what Robot Face remembers is exactly the way it is.  Steve Niles and Damien Worm continue their tale of a supernatural family with wit and wonder as we see that the family that kills together stays together.  The book remains a delight with its elegant artwork and its kooky characters who all seem a little like the Addams Family or the Munsters, just a little bit more realistic and a little stranger.  It was nice to see Robot Face get a little bit of time to shine, even if it was only an origin tale.  Niles is wasting no time in getting the book moving which is great to see as nobody wants to see it drag out or be bogged down in too much narrative.  Lucas is still a fascinating character whom we really do not know too much about yet at this point, so hopefully, Niles will give Lucas some solo time in the book as well.  While this is a horror title, it is not exceptionally scary nor does it really give you any chills, but the setting and the characters are such that it does really remind you of those two aforementioned programs more than anything.  Simply put, this is a fantastic title thus far and one that deserves to be on your pull list.

4 out of 5

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