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Feburary Comic Reviews 2007 Civil War #7 (Marvel)

Posted by Adrian on March 1, 2007

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Civil War #7 of 7 (Marvel)

Well if you waited 7 issues to see the big fight between the unregistered superheros lead by Captain America and the registered superheroes lead by Ironman, it was worth the wait. As the action is from start to finish, just as we saw at the end of #6 Capt America infiltrated the 42 holding facility (Negative zone) – with his army of renegade superheros, combined with the released prisoners at the 42 holding facility. The last issue of Civil War is fast paced and action packed, we knew this fight was going to happen, it is put together very well by Mark Millar and artist Steve McNiven. The art is very good, movie like sequences, well drawn panels almost panoramic in its angles. Very well structured for this type if comic. It’s great seeing good guys beat up good guys, although the ‘good’ guys on the registered side have also got ‘bad’ guys helping them out (The Thunderbolts). As the fight rages, S.H.E.I.L.D agents are trying to close the portals that allowed Capt America and his crew aboard the 42 facility. Anticipating this, Cloak (great Marvel character) teleports (with his cloak) the whole battle royal down outside the Baxter Building. Then it’s just mayhem, buildings getting flattened, super hero against superhero, with The Thunderbolts in the mix, who are a tad more brutal in their attacks. Great sequence showing Bullseye, Venom, Taskmaster taking down Captain America. Overall an intense battle scene, again the art captures this very well. Remember the Thor clone from #4?. Issue #7 has the new fight between Hercules and Thor Clone, with Hercules splitting his head open like a melon (robot bits and blood everywhere). I guess they had to be an even death within the Civil War, since the Thor clone killed Bill Foster #4 issue. The unregistered superheros have the registered superheros beat, Ironman get’s his deserve as Capt America proceeds to repay the beat down he got at the hands of Ironman in #4, as Capt America is about to give his final blow (would he have decapitated Ironman?) he is rushed by paramedical, cops and firemen and dragged down. So, this is the change in the story. The morally highly strung Capt America has a change of heart, he sees that the general public want superheroes to be registered and the populous now perceives the unregistered superheros as criminals. So our patriotic wonderman gives up, stand his troops down and allows himself to be taken into custody. Tony Stark becomes a hero, and the new head of S.H.E.I.L.D. The end.

Ok, I had criticisms with the Civil War. I thought Marvel over capitalized the Civil War story and broke the bulk of the story up into several comics. A commercially viable aspect I guess, but never the less and unnecessary one. Since Civil War could have gone on as a detailed comic breaking down the old structure of the Marvel Universe, superheros etc. It would have been a good steady read, but money unfortunately dictated Marvel’s take on this, so hence you have all these titles to fill in the blanks: # Civil War: Choosing Sides (one-shot) # Civil War Files (one-shot) # Civil War: Front Line (eleven-issue mini-series) # Civil War: Poster Book (one-shot) # Civil War: The Return (one-shot) # Civil War: War Crimes (one-shot) and there is more: # Civil War: Battle Damage Report (one-shot) # Civil War: The Confession (epilogue to Civil War #7) # Civil War: The Initiative (one-shot) # Civil War: Fallen Son (five issue mini-series). So that is 12 comics that fall under the Civil War theme, not including the tie ins or Millars main 7 part series. Slightly excessive. Mark Millar did well with his run of Civil War, the art is very clean and well structured as I mentioned very ‘movie’ like. But the Civil War made two characters (in my mind) very unlikable, Ironman and Captain America. Capt America particularly. His dialogue is just horrible. Ironman came across as such a disdainful human, I never really followed him in comics. After this probably never will. A billionaire with a motivation to govern a society? What a dangerous notion. The registration act seems pointless as a story theme. Meaning, Marvel can’t be serious in created future stories around a government act that enforced superheros to be registered. It would be become such a rigid theme for future writers to work with. They are going to lose readers. We want to see chaos, personality disorders. Better and newer villains and so on.

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