Civil War by Marvel Comics

I know I should be spending my time working on my papers for school but I REALLY needed some quality geek out time today so I read Marvel's Civil War seven part series!

Now, I haven't picked up comics in quite some time. I buy the occasional issue here and there for my kids. Oh, and I did pick up DC's Infinite Crisis series on EBay last year. I've been hearing about this Civil War storyline for quite some time and have been very interested in giving it a read. Yesterday I found myself in a comic book store in Toronto with my sister. I was actually there for her. It's true! I swear! She's a die-hard Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan and there's a new comic coming out which continues the TV show and she wanted to buy it. However, that comic only comes out next week. But they did have a ton of Civil War issues... so I bought the "Road to Civil War" trade paperback and the seven issues of "Civil War". Unfortunately they were sold out of Captain America #25 (in case you haven't heard the big deal about that one I'll keep it secret and not spoil it for you!)

The seven issues of Civil War are AWESOME!!! I just loved the premise of the story. After a band of young reality TV show super heroes cause the destruction of a city, the US government decides that it's time for all superheroes to become government employees and receive approved "training" before they're allowed to just run around and use their powers in public. This would also require heroes to reveal their secret identities. Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man, heads up this initiative with the help of several other heroes in order to restore the public's opinion of super powered individuals.

However, this enforcement of the government does not sit well with Captain America! He feels this is a huge violation of their individual rights as American citizens. He begins a rogue group of heroes who do not want to be a part of the government program. This begins an all out war between heroes as they are forced to choose whether they will join Iron Man or risk being arrested and thrown into jail!

The artwork in Civil War is fantastic. And the story telling is great. It actually felt like getting together with old friends reading these issues. I used to read a lot of Spider-Man, Avengers, Fantastic Four and X-Men comics back in the early 1990s. It was a lot of fun getting reacquainted with these characters again. I'm actually itching to start picking up a couple of titles in order to keep up with the continuing Civil War story!

Civil War is definitely worth picking up. I would recommend it to any comic fan or even to those just getting into comics for the first time.


mcintma said…
Hi Kev!

Nice review, very interesting!

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