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Civil War Hardcover – November 26, 2008
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The gist of the story is that a third-tier superhero team attempts to apprehend a team of super-villains, with disastrous results: one of the villains uses his explosive powers, leveling, among other things, an elementary school and causing the deaths of 600 civilians, 60 children among them. The government quickly pushes through legislation in the form of a Superhuman Registration Act, which would require superhumans to reveal their identities and register with the government, in essence becoming government employees, complete with proper training, government funding and benefits if they decide to work for S.H.I.E.L.D. The fallout occurs when the one side in favor of the SRA, led by Iron Man, clashes with a second side opposed to the SRA, led by Captain America.
The first issue I had, and one that was harped on by many, was the characterization of many of the major players, for example, Captain America, Iron Man, and Reed Richards. Instead of merely rehashing the "well, they did away with 40 years of characterization" argument, I offer a possible solution: The story might have been better served by having Captain America be in charge of the pro-registration side and Iron Man be against it.Read more ›
There are a lot of mixed and negative reviews of this book. My review bounces off those, rather than the book itself, which I'll just say I thoroughly enjoyed.
If you are going to enjoy this book, first of all, don't take superhero comics too seriously. This isn't supposed to be "Palestine" or "American Splendor", this is the Fantastic Four we're talking about. It is goofy entertainment. If you are going to criticize fundamental genre conventions, do if from further back. That is, criticize fundamental genre conventions, don't roast this one particular manifestation of them as if it exists in a vacuum.
That being said, I think some reviewers are a bit off on some specific points. One major complaint some reviewers make is that this story doesn't fit into the relationships/characterizations/stories they have come to expect from these Marvel superheroes. That is only the case though if you haven't been keeping up with Marvel comics over the past few years.
Starting from "Avengers Disassembled/House of M", this story has been building in all the Marvel books for years. The tension between some heroes/groups over the registration issue, and over the nature of the heroes' relationships with conventional law enforcement/military, has been cleverly woven into many Marvel books. So to see it all finally come to a boil here is satisfying to those that have been following things. For those that haven't, you'll just have to fill in that gap with your imagination--that's the price of enjoying serialized entertainment.
The same must be said for the tensions between certain heroes/groups of heroes.Read more ›
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The storyline is really good, the art is beaultiful... but watch out if you think the full arc is going to end on this one! Read morePublished 4 days ago by Matt
20 words are required for me to post this b4 I can read my comic in peace so this is the review you will get and deservePublished 5 days ago by slurpee junkie
This is one of those stories, that I would consider a MUST have for any Marvel fan. If you read the original issues, or you're a new reader trying to catch up on the Marvel... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Brian Childers
Gift came in so quickly just in time for Christmas, and my dad loved it!Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
I just started comic books and with movie right around corner i had to jump gun and read it. The story plot was intense and art was amazing! Team cap :)Published 7 days ago by andrea
Definitely exceeded my expectations. It came in perfect form, no crinkles or anything. The comic was amazing, really original, awesome story. Highly recommend to any comic fan.Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
A must read for true fans. It was a great deal to get the whole series in one a package I recommend it.Published 10 days ago by timothy swisher