Written by Matt Fraction
Art by Salvador Larroca
The first few pages of this book really dragged on. I honestly felt like I was going to have to start 'skimming' the pages in order to make it through the thing.
Thankfully, the story righted itself after the opening sequence and we were treated to a pretty impressive fight between Iron Man and Stane.
The fight showed off how powerful Stane's new armour really is and he eventually destroys Iron Man's armour, "killing" him in the process. I say "killing" because it's clear, even without the generic "010100110" binary code cut off of Iron Man's chat bubble, that Tony isn't in the suit and he is either controlling it remotely or he sent an Iron Man armour to every possible bomb site to try and stop Stane.
This doesn't make the fight any less entertaining, but it robs the ending of the book, with Stane professing his victory and asking, "Who's next?", of any impact it was supposed to have.
Verdict - Check It. The opening pages are pretty weak and I really dislike the faux realistic art (aka traced / referenced), but solid ending and satisfying action.