Review: Civil WarCivil War by Mark Millar, Steve McNiven
Released by Marvel on 11 April 2007
Genres: Action, Comics
Pages: 208
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780785121794
Source: Borrowed

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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.

A while ago it was announced that the title for the third Captain America movie would be Civil War, after one of the comic series. I got really curious about that comic but had no idea where to start and what to read first so I decided to not do it at that time. When my friend came back from LFCC with House of M for me and Civil War for herself, I asked her if I could borrow CW after she’d finished it. I did so on Friday and read the entire comic yesterday afternoon.

Civil War starts with a disaster. A group of young heroes decide to attack a bunch of villains way above their station and end up creating a massacre. There is a nationwide outcry to have all heroes registered by their actual names, but not every hero agrees with that. Captain America goes to the ‘dark’ side and gathers a lot of followers. But so does Iron Man. Two former friends go up against each other, who will win? Who will go over from one side to the other? What will happen at the end?

I had already heard some things from my friend who read it before me so I didn’t really go into this story without knowing nothing. I’d honestly already picked a side, and I have to say that after reading the entire comic, I am still on the side I picked before reading it.

Captain America, aka Steve Rogers, is on the side of the people who don’t want to be registered. Iron Man, aka Tony Stark, is on the side of the people who DO want to be registered. Both have some good arguments; like what will happen to the heroes’ loved ones when their identities are revealed, and what if another disaster like the Stamford disaster happens and more civilians will die? But still, I thought Steve was being a bit weird about everything and I got a bit annoyed at him throughout the entire comic. Yes, Tony did some bad things too but he had good intentions, in my opinion.

To be honest, after a while I had the feeling it was more about ‘who can get the most followers’ rather than the actual reason they started that entire civil war, and that was a bit annoying. The final battle was just… I don’t know what to say about it, but it was a bad move from Cap’s side and it made my decision final; I am on Tony Stark’s side.

The graphics were amazing and I loved looking at all the characters, most of which I already know but some I didn’t know the names of, but they were awesome nonetheless. I really wished that all the extra comics were in there as well because I got the idea I was missing several things. There is a list of extra comics that all happen in the Civil War series but this book only had the seven main comics in it. A bit of a shame, and also a shame the book didn’t mention those extra comics in the back or front or anything.

I am afraid that they are going to change the movie completely and going to make Tony look like the bad guy or something while in the comics he had his best intentions (he wanted to protect the civilians), but honestly, I also wouldn’t be surprised. View Spoiler » Oh well.

In the end, I enjoyed Civil War, though I did think I was missing some things. I will certainly go and find the rest of the CW comics and read them too. I have ordered the first issue of the Ms. Marvel comics and I can’t wait to get read it!

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