Thursday, March 01, 2007

Civil War is Over, But what did it Accomplish?

After reading both Civil War #7 (and many reviews of it) and Civil War Frontline #11, like most people I left with something less than a great feeling. For all their talk of starting a brand period in the Marvel universe, I can't help but think that all they did was just setup the next set of crossover books (see House of M and it's follow up titles Decimation for example). I don't feel excited at the new bunch of titles or this new status quo. If anything I felt they have damaged their characters more than anything, in Captain America (who they've effectively neutered), Iron Man (whose has become the greatest jackass in the MU and for being a poster boy for the ends justify the means) and Mr Fantastic and the Invisible Woman (for them just being horribly written out of character and for whose actions are just stupid). I also love the fact how populace of the MU is split on the registration act to start with but somewhere between Civil War Frontline #10 & 11 & Civil war #7, became united behind it. or that NOW all of a sudden they have become concerned about the collateral damage from superpower battles. Same with Speedball whose feelings and opinions changed magically as well between Frontline #9 & 10.

And that is probably the worst criticism of both series is that too much happens to these characters that we are not seeing, and while the editors at try to justify the character actions on internet websites. Maybe they should made sure that it came across in the reading experience itself.

In the end even thought Civil War was huge financial win fall for Marvel, when read with anything of a critical perspective, it's pretty much a mindless action flick with characters lurching wildly around with no real purpose.

For something a little more the fun side I give you

Civil War in 30 Seconds!! enjoy


comicbooklady said...

Frontline #11, the funniest book I ever read!

Superclone said...

I agree entirely with this post. I'm completely lost on what the overall point was in Civil War. I figured at the very *least* they could have had a big bad show up and have the heroes unite against it, then have the big love in.

Instead, we are left with a universe that is a little smaller (Black Goliath), a destroyed character who borders on being a villain now (Tony Stark), a clone of a Norse god (wtf?) and my personal favourite ... a couple with seemingly irreconcilable differences going off to sort out their marriage with a fill in team for the FF being so contrived I can't begin to say how many things are wrong with it.

I mean really ... I hope World War Hulk has Hulk running around punching charicatures of Bendis and Quesada.

Chris Power