This is the third book of issues penned by the Daniel & Charlie Knauf writing team and I must say that I'm blown away. I first picked up Iron Man because of Warren Ellis' seismic run, but the father & son team that followed has more than risen up to the challenge. Not only that, but they even have managed to roll spectacularly with the punches thrown by the Civil War comic line-wide event.
To recap: Tony Star is now 100% meta-human, having assimilated the Extremis virus that mutated his very body and made him able to store his Iron Man's suit connective tissue inside the hollow of his bones, made him able to directly conect with electronic devices of any kind and majestically enhanced his reaction and data-processing speed. To boot, after the civil war that plagued the Marvel heroes, he has been named director of the Marvel Universe's main counter-espionage/terrorism agency, s.H.I.E.L.D.
All these have the Knaufs inherited and by this book they have managed to build up on the heavy science fiction elements brought in by their predecessor and with the company-induced political issues. Thus waht you have here is an action spy story thriller, featuring the scary return of an impossibly old and determined Iron Man villain and a bio-weapon terrorist menace that will lead Tony Stark down a very dark path. I'm very escited about where this is all going to go next and it is a pity that Marvel, or anyody else for that matter, realised what a winner they had on their hands with these guys. In this volume they're aided by new artist Roberto De La Torre, whose heavily photo-referenced work is rarely off-putting and actually really good. No small feat afterhaving to follow the excellent Patrick Zircher.
This book might be hard to find, but you'll thank yourself (and/or me :-) for having hunted it down.