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Comic reviews Dec 2006 – Civil War #2, #3, #4 (Marvel)

Posted by Adrian on December 4, 2006


Civil War #2, #3, #4 (Marvel)

Registration is now enforced. Capt America and the non registered super heroes are now outlaws. The more you read into Civil War the more one thinks how this is going to change a lot of the characters in the Marvel Universe, or at least the main ones.

So Tony Stark (Ironman) is the main character in bringing in the ‘outlawed’ superheros, lead by Captain America. Mark Millar has portrayed Tony as a guy on a mission, some what single minded in his belief that the Registration Act is necessary. He seems one directional. Almost villain like. With Tony Stark and the Fantastic Four, who seem just too neat and tidy as a group, in other words, just too nice. Millar seems to be changing that. He is writing up Mister Fantastic (Reed Richards) as fanatically driven in setting up a containment facility for the outlawed super heros, amongst other things. What is interesting about Civil War, is it seems to have released possible repressed feelings of dislike of each other in the ‘good guy’ super heros camp. I like that.

So the hunt is on for the ‘underground’ Secret Avengers and any other unregistered superhero.

After the young super hero Patriot is captured by S.H.I.E.L.D troopers, then hijacked and released by Capt America’s underground resistance. Patriot and other unregistered former prisoners of S.H.I.E.L.D. are then taken to Nick Fury’s secret underground S.H.I.E.L.D. facility (unknown to the actually S.H.E.I.L.D authority). Where the Secret Avengers regroup, but whilst in the underground facility, on a television Spiderman is about to reveal himself as The Bugle reporter Peter Parker.

The underground or Secret Avengers main characters which are Captains America, Daredevil, Colossus, Hercules – then contemplate new identities (provided by the seclusive Nick Fury). But a communicate is picked up about an explosion at an oil refinery, so the Secret Avengers go on their way to save some life’s. As we all know, it was a trap set up by Ironman (Tony Stark) to get Captain America and his crew into the open.

After obviously a futile attempt at convincing Captain America to join the Registration Act, the inevitable fight ensures. Seeing Iron man brutally take down Captain America, blood, teeth flying; which was an absolutely brutal beat-down. The first fight in the Civil War is a significant one. To think this lot were allies with each other once, Spiderman man cheerfully knock down Daredevil (although Iron Fist is impersonating DD). Meanwhile while Ironman is single handedly destroying Capt America, Hercules intervenes.

In steps Thor. At least a clone, created by Millar’s maniacal version of Mr Fantastic (Reed Richards). Thor goes psychotic, trying to kill all of the Secret Avengers. Susan Richards (Reed Richards wife) intervenes and safes the huddled, beaten down Secret Avengers, with a forcefield.

Needless to say Thor ends up killing a member of the Secret Avengers, the remains of the group then are teleported via – Superhero Cloak’s teleporting ability.

With the war Reed Richards and Iron man are are instigating. Do we feel some empathy to their passion in registration of super heroes? It’s hard to, with casualties mounting, and a possible looming divorce for Richards. Susan Reed leaves him after the seeing how obsessive Richards has become.

Civil War is a good read, there is a lot of mayhem in these comics. With Reed (guys out of control) releasing the new Thunderbolts (Under Tony – Ironman and S.H.I.E.L.D. approval), with our favorite psychopathic hitman – Bullseye, among other ‘bad guys’. Going to tear up things up, the Registration Act is clearly a disaster in the making.


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