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The Road to Civil War Paperback – February 21, 2007
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WARNING SPOILERS: The plot: Way back in the 70s after the first Kree-Skrull War on Earth; Iron Man, Dr. Strange, Professor X, Namor, Mr. Fantastic, Black Bolt, and Black Panther met in secret to create an Illuminati to discuss emergencies. No families, no teammates, no one was to know. Black Panther refused, but the remaining kept going through the years (carrying out such things as marooning the Hulk to space, seeing him as out of control). With Professor X gone (see: House of M) and the recent anti-superpower fear gripping the nation, Iron Man learns of a bill to pass in congress requiring superheroes to register with the government and become S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. For which, Iron Man, Black Bolt and Mr. Fantastic agree with, and Dr. Strange and Namor find appalling and leave the group. Leading to the current Civil War of the Superheroes.
Because this is new, I won't spoil too much. The book is a collection of some key lead ups to Civil War (New Avengers Illuminati, Fantastic Four #536 & 537, and Amazing Spider-Man #529 - 531).
New Avengers Illuminati: The lead in story explains why the group met and introduces the "Registration Act"
Fantastic Four #536 & 537: The return of Thor's Hammer and Dr. Doom.
Amazing Spider-Man #529 - 531: Peter gets his super-powered Spider-suit, and travels with Tony Stark to Washington D.C. to speak before congress.
The story is very intriguing. Tony Stark (Iron Man) has never been one of my favorite characters. After reading this, my opinion has changed. Tony Stark as a character outside of Iron Man is awesome. Think Bruce Wayne with a sense of humor.Read more ›
Fantastic Four #536-537 (J. Michael Straczynski) Reed avoids telling Sue what happened at his latest meeting with "the boys." Doom, escaped from Hell, is after Thor's hammer.
Amazing Spider-Man #529-531 (Straczynski) Spider-Man gets a new red and yellow (of course!) suit from his buddy Tony Stark. Also comes with 3 extra arms. (Why 3? I guess he didn't want to look like Doc Ock.) Tony and Peter go to Washington to talk to Congress about the proposed Superhero Registration Act. Tony is apparently against it. Apparently. Wink wink.
To fully appreciate the Civil War story, I consider this prequel to be mandatory reading. I'd give it 5 stars if the art was better.
P.s. There is a Fantastic 4 story in there also that references Thor. Also there is a story about dr doom that takes place before this that left me lost but still a good read.
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Offers a collection of volumes of New Avengers: Illuminati; Amazing Spider-Man (529-531); and Fantastic Four (536 and 537). Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jarred Blackburn
I actually haven't finished reading it, but I guess Amazon is desperate for a review. This book was recommended by a friend so that I could read the story before seeing the Civil... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Emmanuel Fuentes
As someone who hadn't read Marvel comics before, this does an adequate job setting up the evens of the Civil War series. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
It jumped around allot and told you to reference other comics. If I wanted to reference other comics I would have just bought them. I was hoping for a one stop shop. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Moe
Great story. As the title says, I bought it for iron Spider-Man and pre civil war. Thought the beginning was amazing but lost something at the end but that's most likely because... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Darby
Still a good read after all these years. Glad I decided to re-read this series. Worth the purchase.Published 3 months ago by Arlon P.
Just an amazing read. The Road to Civil War has a lot of controversial points that make convincing arguments on both sides of the issue on hand. Read morePublished 3 months ago by PJ
A great start to the incidents leading up to the Civil War. It's alway good to have a background story for a major event such as this one. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Scott A Johnson