Civil War: A Marvel Comics Event

Civil War: A Marvel Comics Event

by Mark Millar

The landscape of the Marvel Universe is changing, and it's time to choose: Whose side are you on?A conflict has been brewing from more than a year, threatening to pit friend against friend, brother against brother - and all it will take is a single misstep to cost thousands their lives and ignite the fuse.Collecting: Civil War 1-7

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Overwhelmed with guilt, he agrees to help push for the Registration Act, and becomes front man for the cause. His belief is, with every super-human registered, trained by, and working for the government, nothing like that would have to happen again. If superheroes are required to register with the government, then there will be no more untrained kids in capes running around with the potential to cause disaster. Yes, he will lose the privacy afforded by his secret identity, but it doesn't look that high of a price to pay to gain the public's support again for superhumans. Tony believes that because Peter has always been so guarded against losing his secret identity, his willingness to unmask during a press conference will ultimately lead the others who are on the fence to join their side. Fighting and possibly killing superheroes who had, time and time again, saved the lives of countless innocents, was not what he originally signed up to do.

Creative Team: Writer: Mark Millar Illustrator: Steven McNiven THE RIGHT STUFF When I found out (back then, in 2006) the chosen creative team for Civil War I wasnt surprised. You may think that Civil War is about taking a side. But youre wrong, and thats why this is so good (in the sense of storytelling) Civil War is a strong story since both sides have valid points AND both sides have made terrible mistakes. The Marvels Civil War started. CHANGING GAME Millar already had redefined the Ultimate version of Captain America and here he does the same treatment to the Earth-616s original version. Captain America before Civil War was seen as just a guy with a shield, now he is a highly trained super soldier who always watches his surroundings as a battlefield, and thats a game changer for Steve Rogers. Tony Stark before Civil War was seen basically as just a guy in an armor suit. You may think that Cap is right and Tony is wrong. Just think if all this would happened in our world Masked people with powers far beyond of mortal men appeared, and due their battles, they left you without a loved one, without your home, and since nobody knows who they are, they cant be make responsible for their actions. Because Civil War isnt about choosing a side.

Some prominent figures like Tony Stark and Reed Richards support the Superhero Registration Act and urge their comrades to sign up. All the Marvel superheroes find themselves choosing to side with either Iron Man or Captain America, and while Spider-Man is at first willing to become the public face of compliance he soon finds himself questioning the side hes chosen. I especially found it interesting that intellectually I side more with Team Iron Man because you shouldn't have a bunch of walking weapons of mass destruction running around doing whatever they feel like, but I found myself rooting for Team Captain America more. Essentially it goes like this: SHIELD Director Maria Hill: Captian America, are you going to support the Superhero Registration Act and lead our new government sanctioned Avengers? (view spoiler)Like Iron Man as the director of SHIELD in charge of the superhuman community, Spider-Man revealing his true identity of Peter Parker, and Steve Rogers being killed although that doesnt happen in this collection.

According to Millar, though, Civil War does more than just set the stage for battle; it also provides meta-commentary on the genre from a contemporary perspective by raising the question: Is it really okay for superheroes to place themselves above the law and fight whoever they like? Based on the events core mini-series alone, I have no idea why any of these characters are either for or against government control, and Millar himself doesnt seem to have given the issue much thought: It just kind of evolved naturally... Cap is a natural, of course, because hes all about freedom and civil liberties and Iron Man just seemed like the only guy with the weight and the authority to disagree with him.

This one has been due a re-read for a while and, now that its been announced the next Captain America movie will be subtitled Civil War, the timing seems right to re-visit it. I read Civil War many years ago, long before I started really thinking/writing about what I read, which is the only excuse I can give for why I thought this tripe was any good at all. The politest way of describing Civil War is a dumb mess, the comics version of a Transformers movie. Horrible, yes, and tonally all wrong for a Marvel superhero comic. Captain America disagrees, the two form sides, we have Marvel Civil War. Duuuuuuuuuuh. Actually a funeral for a kid is an apt metaphor for the way Civil War killed the spirit of Marvel in this comic. This book was trying so damn hard to be dark and gritty, I couldnt believe I was reading Marvel! Civil War is a mega, mega, mega-DUMB storyline that contains the worst excesses of superhero comics. My previous pick for worst Marvel Event book ever was AVX but Civil War edges that one out for being so utterly obnoxious.

I actually re-read this because been playing Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 and the story in there is pretty bad, the comic version isn't much better. I also like the IDEA of this and think it could have really given us some amazing stories. I know it might be insane to say but I thought Civil War 2 was actually worth more on what it was saying.

So, there's Tony all full of remorse, backing up a legislative act that compels all superheroes to reveal their identity, and work as state employees. I kept thinking of Aquaman, and why he ended up in a Marvel comic.