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Civil War Hardcover – November 26, 2008

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Mark Millar is a Scottish comic book writer. His first job as a comic book writer came when he was still in high school --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (November 26, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785121781
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785121787
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1.1 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (714 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. M. Rudd on March 7, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I ordered Marvel Comics Civil War in a hardcover edition. It included all seven issues of the series. What I wasn't expecting was the bonus Spider Man comic "Parker You're Fired" issue which is laid out like an issue of the Daily Bugle. Also another treat was the interviews with the authors and the behind the scenes of how the script was written. All in all it is the best purchase I have ever invested in. I hope this helps people when they don't know if they want to buy this item...
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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 universe, this is an essential book to have. It's pretty much the starting point for Uncanny Avengers, and All New X-Men.

Even though I'm excited for the film, I know it can never be as good as this book. This includes so many fan favorites, from the obvious Avengers and X-Men characters, to others like Spider-Man, Hulk, Daredevil, Punisher, Doctor Strange, Venom, Namor, and so many more.

I would highly recommend reading Avengers Disassembled, House Of M, X-Men Messiah Complex, and Second Coming first. It's not a requirement, but strongly recommended. It would be like watching Captain America: Civil War without watching all the other movies that lead up to it.

As for the quality of the book itself, mine was in new condition, and the binding, and over all page quality is perfect in my opinion.
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Format: Hardcover
Since the "Civil War" crossover event has been handled by others with varying opinions, probably far more effectively than I could ever do, and since, if you're reading this review, you are most likely already familiar with the concept behind the crossover, I'm just going to throw a few observations I had while reading this book [there will be some spoilers below].

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.
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Format: Paperback
So what does it take to break up two of the greatest superteams of all time, make Iron Man and Captain America mortal enemies, and many other old friends pound each other into the ground in the Marvel Universe? How about reality television? After a young 3rd-tier superteam causes supervillain Nitro to explode (his power) and wipe out a school full of children while filming their "Cops"-style show, public opinion forces the passage of a bill in Congress. The bill is one that would force all superpowered beings to register with and work for the government. Naturally, this is a terribly unconstitutional move that eliminates the most American of all values, freedom, from every superbeings' life. Thus the Marvel Universe is split in two with Captain America siding against his own namesake and forming the Underground Avengers (featuring Dardevil, Luke Cage, and Spiderwoman among others) and Iron Man leading the pro-registration forces along with Mr. Fantastic in rounding up all of the heroes who resist, imprisoning them indefinitely. It's a great concept that brings to light many fascinating debates and ideas on the limitations of government among other things. The problems with the story are in the execution. Many of the great heroes with 40+ years of history and character development behind them do things that are way out of character and others, bizarrely, do nothing at all. As much effort as Marvel has expended in various side-issues trying to justify the actions of Tony Stark and Reed Richards, the fact remains that they behave more like megalomaniacal supervillains than the epitome of heroism that they've embodied for so long. That's not to say that there aren't consequences for both, what with the FF and Avengers essentially dissolved because of feuding members.Read more ›
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Format: Paperback
im speechless This thing has it all one of the best comics I definitely recommend this book.
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