By Daniel and Charles Knauf (writers), Carlo Pagulayan (pencils), Jeffrey Huet (inks), Dean White (colors)

Month after month, this series goes unnoticed by many readers. Maybe it’s because Iron Man’s in every single Marvel Comic these days that no one cares. Whatever it is, it’s a shame that writers Daniel and Charles Knauf don’t get the recognition they deserve. I’ve heard lots of people anticipating Matt Fraction’s upcoming Iron Man title; they say this is the Iron Man they want to see and frankly, that makes no sense to me. First of all, they haven’t even read it yet. And second of all, if any of those people actually gave this title a try they might find it just as compelling and mature as Ed Brubaker’s Daredevil run. The writing’s not the only thing that’s good, this book is gift wrapped by Carlo Pagulayan’s art which perfectly fits the title.

Lecture aside, Iron Man #27 draws many similarities to what’s going on in Captain America. We’ve got a large scale conspiracy going on with Mandarin. This issue showcases just how devious and cunning he can be when we get the big reveal. Tony Stark is racing against time to foil Mandarin’s plot while the Government brings him and his senior SHIELD officers up on terror charges. Everything in this plot is very large in scope and my biggest misgiving is that none of these events are echoing in Marvel continuity. This is serious stuff!

Iron Man may not be as consistently good as Marvel’s top tier titles like Captain America, Daredevil, and Iron Fist, but it’s got a strong mature story that’s been brewing for quite a while. It’s not fun super heroics like Spider-Man, it’s a serialized drama that acts very much like a TV show. And the villains are no joke either. This version of the Mandarin portrayed is the one we’ve always wanted to see. And if they do make a second Iron Man movie, this is how he should be patterned after. (Grade: B)

– J. Montes