Book Review: Civil War by Mark Millar

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The landscape of the Marvel Universe is changing, and it’s time to choose: Whose side are you on? A conflict has been brewing from more than a year, threatening to pit friend against friend, brother against brother – and all it will take is a single misstep to cost thousands their lives and ignite the fuse.

Collecting Civil War #1-7.

The New Warriors have a reality show and bust villains on TV- their main aim seem to be to increase their ratings so they think it’s the opportunity when they get a chance to go after four bad guys who are on the FBI’s Most Wanted list – Cobalt Man, Coldheart, Speedfreak and Nitro. Nitro ends up retaliating and blows up a huge chunk of Stamford which just so happens to include a school district.

After a lot of backlash from the public, the government – you name it- Tony Stark leads the movement for a Registration Act to be put in place. All superheroes have to register with S.H.I.E.L.D or be placed under arrest.

When Captain America is asked to apprehend a few runaways, he completely loses it and goes underground leading his own team against the Registration Act.

The teams are formed pretty early on. Many believe that the new laws will help not just the civilians but the heroes fighting to protect the world as well. Sure, their identities will no longer be a secret but they’d be on a payroll and would be working with the law instead of being a fugitive for life.

Others believe that the Registration Act is a new way for the government to control those whom they believed to be controlled. (Responsibility needs to be taken- the public says. Who pays for the damages and hurt civilians once the superheroes call it a day?) Captain America believes that they’ll be saying goodbye to their freedom. Superheroes have their secret identities because they wish to continue living normal lives when they’re not fighting crime.

“There is no right or wrong in this debate. It is simply a matter of perspective.” – Dr. Strange

The X-Men refuse to be a part of the fight. This is understandable because we know they’ve been fighting this battle since the existence of mutants were revealed. They don’t need nor want to be part of this war.

I believe that both Cap and Tony had their good reasons for going their separate ways. When Nitro blew up that school, all superheroes were blamed, and Tony felt guilty and maybe not all his ways were ethical but he wanted to make up for all the damage that was done even if some wasn’t done by him personally. Cap wants to fight for what he believes in, but why should they unmask themselves when they’ve been getting the jobs done either way? No matter what, the separation between Cap and Tony- who many look to be leaders- ends up tearing families apart. And the worst part is: each side genuinely believe that they’re right, they’re doing the right thing, they’re not doing anything wrong.

What I loved about Millar’s writing in this piece is how each side was clearly looked at. There was no favouritism- as there shouldn’t be in this case (we need to see all angles), picking a side wasn’t an easy choice to make. You’re either for the Act or you’re against it. The artwork was amazing- see below. The way the details were captured, especially the looks on the characters’ faces in times of anguish and betrayal.

This was an amazing comic series and I wait anxiously for the movie. I know that they’ve gone off the rails where the plot is concerned and I’m worried but also quite curious to see how this plays out.

I screen-shotted all images. (They aren’t mine-obviously)

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Team Iron Man – For the Registration Act

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Team Captain America – Against the Registration Act

I put a blank space over the words in case of spoilers for any who has not read Civil War yet.Screen Shot 2016-04-07 at 8.51.29 PM

Read: 7 April 2016
Rating: ★★★★★

Publication Date: 11 April 2007
Publication: Marvel
Writer: Mark Millar
Illustrators: Steve McNiven |Dexter Vines | Morry Hollowell



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