Civil War (2006) What was it good for? Civil War (2006) What was it good for?
A Special Monday Wednesday Paperback Edition!   2006, it was the proverbial shot heard around the World! And the Marvel Universe will never be... Civil War (2006) What was it good for?

A Special Monday Wednesday Paperback Edition!

 

2006, it was the proverbial shot heard around the World! And the Marvel Universe will never be the same afterwards. The graphic novel, Civil War is one of the most controversial if not celebrated story arcs of comicdom for so many reasons.

Snyopsis

 

It all started when a group of younger Superheroes called the New Warriors making some desperate attempt at boosting their ratings for their reality based TV show attack a few super powered criminals on the lam and things turn for the worse when one of the escaped felons, is cornered, he sets off a powerful explosion which results in a high casualty rate within the town of Stamford Connecticut.

1d

 

Fast forward to a collective group of first responders that consist of the Avengers and a few others having an open discussion about irresponsibility and repercussions that may soon occur thanks to The New Warriors’ reckless actions.

 

Needless to say, the Congress has approved of a bill that will regulate or more like, deputize Superheroes in order to keep them in line. While some question the Government’s ulterior motives, (and rightfully so since this era falls under the Bush Administration.) there are others who welcome the proposal because each will be held accountable and of course monetary and healthcare benefits.

 

While at a private gathering of Super powered individuals, Ironman/Tony Stark has this epiphany after his encounter with a Woman whose child was one of the many casualties of the Stamford incident. And in doing so, cooperates with the United States Government’s Superhero Registration Act- a new legislature that would require all Superheroes/Metahumans to sign up with the government and provide personal information i.e. their secret identities for starters.

 

Elsewhere, aboard the SHIELD Helicarrier, Captain America is confronted by a headstrong Commander, Maria Hill who is left in command after Col. Nick Fury’s disappearance.

Hill gains intel of the Superheroes’ summit and demands that Cap turn in his comrades so that they can fully cooperate with SHRA, but being the conscientious objector, he defiantly refuses to comply thus making a daring escape but not before taking down a few well-armed SHIELD agents.

16-key-characters-in-marvel-s-civil-war-comics-that-won-t-be-in-captain-america-s-third-mo-767634

This was the very first impressive scene that demonstrated Artist Steve McNiven’s flair of high octane storytelling. his penciling offers a clean aesthetic whether its the facial expressions or torn fabric resulting from serious brawling.

 

After escaping SHIELD and going underground, Cap forms an Anti-Registration group (Falcon, Luke Cage, Hercules, Goliath and Daredevil who strongly identify with Rogers’ sentiment that the Registration Act officially known as the Fifty State Initiative, will impede upon their Civil Liberties.

 

While Stark along with Reed Richards, Henry Pym, Doc Samson and She-Hulk who are in favor of the legislation, proceed to convince Cap and his team that their way is the right way. But things do not go well according to Stark’s plan since his words fall on deaf ears. I remember laughing my ass off when Cap sucker punched Ironman unexpectedly but of course this course of action would being about serious repercussions as most of you readers are aware of.

 

captain-america-kooky-quartet-107426

And thus begins the Battle Royale of Marvel Comics. Millar deserves praise for this bold concept and shocking scenarios starting with the first faceoff between Cap and Ironman. This brutal struggle between two of the most prominent Avengers, illustrated how strongly opposing sides stood by their convictions and not to mention how ugly things turned out real fast!

It’s amusing as how Ironman was portrayed as the antagonist and Captain America, a hero of course and after reading the entire saga, it does not bode well for Stark’s image thanks to questionable actions such as:

  • Stark’s desperation against Cap’s forces is showing especially when he would go as far, or as low to recruit Super Villains such as Venom, Taskmaster and a few others in order to help him turn the tide in his favor.

 

  • Tony being a mentor to a naive Peter Parker develops a new Spiderman outfit and as a sign of trust, Peter feels obligated to take up Tony’s cause and was convinced to reveal his true identity in public! This was perhaps the most shocking part of the series but this wasn’t the only example of how far Millar went with the storyline.

 

  • To top things off, there’s this very questionable idea “Project Forty-Two” put into motion by Reed Richards and Hank Pym (spearheaded by Stark) that is a detention facility where Anti-Registration individuals would be apprehended and imprisoned within the Negative Zone.

 

 

  • And let’s not forget the creation of a synthetic Thor clone in place of the real Asguardian presumed dead. In his place, “RoboThor” attacks Cap’s army during the second match leading to a casualty of a supporting Character-Bill Foster also known as (Black) Goliath. I guess Marvel wanted to further address that this wasn’t some Schoolyard fight but how real Shit can get!

 

Spidey immediately changed sides after realizing that Stark is way over his head and the repercussions for revealing his true identity was harsh to say in the least. If it wasn’t bad enough that his former employer and all around Douchebag J. Jonah Jameson filed a frivolous lawsuit for Parker’s “arranged” Photoshoots of Spiderman, but his life was in serious peril when being pursued by Venom and the deputized “Cape Killers”.

4947866-zz1fb29777

These were primary scenarios of how far things went with thus storyline and after reading the Graphic Novels within its entirety, I often wondered, how can Marvel correct these questionable actions since there was no turning back? I avoided reading the crossover comics since Marvel saw this as an opportunity to further increase book sales also the series was best served as a self-contained event. As if it had taken place in some parallel universe and that works for me. No stupid Skrull Invasions, dealing with the Devil or fake assassination of a major character.

Closing arguments:

Civil War was an interesting experiment that addresses one’s civil liberties, moral compass and a few metaphors i.e. Government intervention like the Patriot Act primarily under the Bush Administration, Goliath being the first casualty as with Crispus Attics-a Blackman who was the very first to be killed in the real Civil War skirmish.Loyalties shift and quite a few found themselves switching sides throughout the series. This book had gained so much momentum that the concept has been utilized in other mediums such as Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom and most importantly, Captain America: Civil War.

captain-america-in-prison-or-even-dead-4-potential-endings-to-marvel-s-civil-war-570507

 

Was Civil War a bad idea? Well it depends on who you ask. Personally, I applaud Millar for developing a bold concept that shook things up a bit and got the Geeks talking!

Although there is a sequel to the Comic series planned for July, I strongly doubt that it will have such an impact as the first storyline.

Time will surely tell.

 

 

You can read the entire saga courtesy of Comixology and Amazon

 

Author Image

Stalkeye

Stalkeye= anagram of Stalker and Snake Eyes. Satirist, Gamer, Artist and Pop Culture commentator- Stalks offers his outspoken views on on most things Geek related as well as WTF is wrong with the world today!

  • I_am_better

    Okay, so they did change it up quite a bit for the movie. Would’ve been cool to see Daredevil there though. Reed Richards and the rest of the F4 was kinda impossible because Fox

  • Stalk👁

    God, I really hate FOX nowadays. They won’t give up the rights for FF but instead, made one of the absolute WORST films of last Year!!
    Daredevil should have made at least a Cameo appearance as well as Luke Cage (Which would help to promote his upcoming series.)
    As with Spiderman, Fox may reconsider holding on to the FF franchise since they have absolutely NO idea WTF they are doing!

  • I_am_better

    Sony at least wised up, as “Spider-Man: Homecoming” has Feige and the Marvel guys as creative forces

  • KilliK

    Funny how in another comicbook story, CAP straight accuses Snowden of being a traitor to the USA government. yeah, talk about keeping true to your values and ethos.

  • Negasonic Middle Aged Warhead

    And Downey Iron Man cameo.

  • Stalk👁

    LOL I have a problem with that title; (Homecoming) call me anal but that doesn’t sound cool for a Superhero film. It works better for a Stouffer’s entree commercial instead. X)

  • Stalk👁

    What issue was that? LOL
    Different writers often provide different perspectives of characters. Is Edward Snowden a Traitor? That’s debatable and it depends on one’s moral compass. The Rosenbergs however, were the most extreme case of turning against your country.

  • Dee-abolik

    Surprised to learn Maria Hill was created for the comic books. She feels like a typical Whedon- head birth in the movies.

  • KilliK

    it’s not debatable. the guy stayed still and told the world: “no, you move.” because he believed that the americans civilians should know about the dirty tricks of the USGOV.

    is this what CAP was standing for in the movie? but now it’s debatable?

  • Dee-abolik

    Do you think Cap is a difficult/interesting character to interpret because there are different perceptions of what “American values” are?

  • Stalk👁

    She was a real Bitch in the comics. The one portrayed by Cobie Smulders was lightweight compared to the comics version.More user friendly i might say.

  • Dee-abolik

    Maybe they reduced her role when it became obvious how wooden Smulder is….

  • KilliK

    and aunty Marisa Tomei as his fucktoy.

  • Stalk👁

    Cap is somewhat complex but he basically stands behind the ideology of America principles however he is one to question authority especially when the government steps way out of line. The Cap i know would not support the “Patriot Act’ as it can be seen as a communist procedure. He fights for freedom, whenever it’s in trouble.

  • Stalk👁

    LMMFAO
    *CHA-CHING*

  • Stalk👁

    I dont know whether to laugh my ass off or shake my head.

  • I_am_better
  • Stalk👁

    Point taken. Like i said, I haven’t read the issue and some view Snowden as a traitor for being a whistle blower. I think its a courageous move but its unfortunate that it happened during Obama’s watch. as if he doesn’t have enough problems. Hint, hint.

  • Dee-abolik

    That’s Mulder’s, not Smulders.

  • I_am_better

    Smulder, Smulders….

  • Dee-abolik

    I did not fix it!

  • Cap wasn’t giving out classified material though. And there is no question that Snowden is a traitor to the U.S government. But I still think he had a good reason for doing what he did. But the system is ” If you reveal that we are breaking the law, then you have broken the law “. Now that is a fucked up Catch 22. You’re right, but you’re wrong !!

  • He is a traitor to the U.S government. Im sure there are many papers he signed where it said ” if you divulge any of these illegal things we are doing, then you are a traitor , and will be fucked”

    Still say he did the right thing though.

  • He fights for freedom, wherever there’s trouble, G.I Rogers is there !!

  • It was obvious when the title was announced that it wouldn’t come near the scope of the comic. Same as Age of Ultron.

    A big change was that the Sakovia Accord was written specifically for the Avengers.
    In the comics it was a much broader law, where everyone of the “heroes” would become criminals overnight if they did not comply. Sort of what is talked about in The Dark Knight Returns where the heroes got the cease and desist order. Man it would be cool if someone made that story into a film…….

  • That scene in the comic where Cap tells her he isn’t joining is pretty harsh.

    -Cap : I ain’t gonna sign .
    -Hill : KILL THAT MOTHER FUCKER !!!!!

  • THE PUNISHER JOINS CAP’S SIDE, THEN KILLS TWO PEOPLE AND CAP KICKS HIM BACK OUT AGAIN 🙂

    http://geekandsundry.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Punisher-Civil-War.jpg

  • KilliK

    you are simply wrong.

  • Stalk👁

    Pretty much that.

  • Stalk👁

    Got my cross reference as I knew you would!

  • Frimmel

    The problem is he didn’t really have an answer in the end. The fundamental questions in this and in the new movie is “Who gets to be in charge?” or maybe “Who gets to claim the monopoly on violence?” It is the gun control debate expanded out.

    The criminal is coming through the window right now. I’m to be at the mercy of this person until the police might be bothered to arrive because someone else with a gun might choose to shoot up a school?

  • Frimmel

    Who made Frank judge, jury, and executioner?

  • Frank did.
    Many objected , but Frank used his judge privileges to overrule.

  • well, it’s no simple issue. Im just saying by the letter of the law, he is a traitor. But me, like many others believe this is unjust, and he did the right thing.

  • Frimmel

    Cap’s values are pretty cut and dried if you think of them as what a typical american kid in say 1930 would be taught in public school regarding the history of the US and its guiding principles.

  • Toruk_Makto

    So they never resolved that question in the comics? I know in the movie the whole accords thing took a back seat once the ‘Chase the Bucky’ show started but I figured they actually attempted to resolved the issue in the books.

  • KilliK

    something being legal, doesnt mean it’s also ethical.

  • Frimmel

    Steve surrendered because they were tearing up the city with the fight. Cap’s side “lost.” Maybe that is an answer. But I don’t think Tony’s side was shown to be right. Cap was always shown to be the adult in the story. And the adult trying to do what’s right as opposed to Tony who was doing what was expedient was always going to flinch first.

    From my point of view that Cap lost reinforces that he was in fact right.

    One of the other failings of the movie and tying into the “Chase Bucky” aspect was that an extra-judicial killing and imprisonment was ordered on Bucky. They skirted around that except for Cap’s line about a lawyer getting laughed off.

    Frankly I don’t think the comic writers or the movie writers actually put a lot of thought into either argument.

  • Frimmel

    Tony Stark doesn’t have to slum it with post-wall Marisa.

  • Toruk_Makto

    Yeah, that whole story-line in general sounds like something you shouldn’t bring up unless you’re really ready to walk through that door. It sounds like maybe they wanted to have their cake and eat it too.

    However it did look like the stakes were more severe in the comic than the movie. Frankly, it’s not a story-line I would have touched so early in the game, if ever.

  • Stalk👁

    Hilarious scene!!

  • Phillyflopper
  • Toruk_Makto

    That’s actually Eddie Van Blundht pretending to Mulder…who sometimes Smolders.

    **pushes glasses back up bridge of nose**

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Never understood Whedon’s fascination with Hill. The actress who plays her is mediocre, and the character herself has no identifiable traits whatsoever.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    And that’s why ya don’t fuck with Frankie boy.

  • Dee-abolik

    Whedon loves to focus on the human characters and he loves his sassy girls.

  • Frimmel

    I think one of the reasons so few of these big tent-pole movies seem to be about anything is the speed with which outrage gets ginned up and sped around the globe by social media. Don’t do anything that might reduce ticket sales.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    That’s true but, on the other hand, I really hate how some Libertarian whackjobs have interpreted Captain America’s ethos as their own, since the character usually holds to broad constitutional values.

    Cap has always been a classic, honest liberal: a real liberal, before that term got hijacked by SJWs and lunatic regressive leftists. Cap should’ve defended Snowden, but not because of the paranoid, anti-government conspiracies embodied by right-wing libertarians.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Tomei is a long way from hitting any wall. She probably has more experience that Tony’s usual bimbos, too.

  • Stalk👁

    The end felt too abrupt and although there’s the irony of cap turning himself in as Steve rogers, Pricks like Ironman had that grimace of victory. The last panel was some cold shit and Tony didn’t reflect on the passing of his friend Bill Foster or how he betrayed Peter’s trust and almost got him killed in the process.
    It was like watching a twilight zone episode. Anti-climatic in my opinion.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    “he loves his sassy girls.”

    The ones he couldn’t get in college, in other words!

  • Stalk👁

    I’m content with the Animated version which I own on Blu Ray.
    It’s now streaming on HBO as well.

  • agreed.

  • Bop

    I think the actress is pretty, but she is so wooden. How she has a job is beyond me.

  • Bop

    LOL. He probably couldn’t get the girls on the set either.

  • Bop

    You would think it would be easy to make a good Fantastic Four movie. It is such rich material.

  • Bop

    I borrowed a Civil War trade here and there. I really hated the storyline and didn’t like what they made of Tony Stark.

    There was only one plus for me. Moon Knight 13. One of the best issues of any comic I ever read and especially because MK made a fool out of Stark.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    That’s what he gets for acting the white knight all the time. Serves him right.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    I’ll jump for joy the day Marvel Studios get the rights back. The colorful, humorous style of the Lee/Kirby years is a perfect fit for the MCU style of movies.

    I’d love it if Marvel dared to set their version of F4 in the Swinging Sixties, just like the original comics. The science fiction aspects of the property would dovetail perfectly with the dawn of the Space Age and all that retro-tech stuff. The allusions engendered by a quartet of sixties superheroes who enjoy being pop star/celebrity-like public figures would likewise be hard to miss: the style/genre of the movie could actually take inspiration from something like the Beatles Hard Day’s Night, with screaming fans constantly chasing the F4 around as they battle Dr. Doom and other crises. You could have them being offered starring roles in movies within the movie, and show them having to deal with old-school Hollywood studio heads and managers and all the other problems that come with being a public figure, in addition to the main superhero plots.

    I know they already did some of this stuff in the awful Tim Story films, but it didn’t really fit the modern day, TMZ era. There’s no glamour in douchebags taking pictures on cell phones! Oh, and there’d be the opportunity to feature cameos from a young Hank Pym, Howard Stark, Peggy Carter – hell, even Millie the Model – as well. And Namor, of course.

    The first Captain America movie already tried this retro, nostalgia thing somewhat, so there’s definitely precedent for it. The only problem is that making F4 a period piece might contradict the idea that, in the continuity so far established, Iron Man was the first public superhero of the post-War era. But I suppose that discrepancy can always be circumvented by having the F4 somehow trapped in the Negative Zone at the end of the decade and, if Marvel then wish to bring them into the present to interact with the contemporary characters, they can just say that Reed Richards finally managed to crack the secrets of creating a wormhole to escape that parallel reality.

    All in all, such an approach could showcase a more innocent time to be a superhero in the MCU than that which the modern day characters occupy, with all the politics, terrorism and government intervention those guys have to deal with, and would be a refreshing change of pace.

  • Sabrina Robinson

    “my room mate Mary Is getting paid on the internet 98$/hr”..,……..!wc447ctwo days ago grey MacLaren P1 I bought after earning 18,512 DoIIars..it was my previous month’s payout..just a little over.17k DoIIars Last month..3-5 hours job a day…with weekly payouts..it’s realy the simplest. job I have ever Do.. I Joined This 7 months. ago. and now making over. hourly 87 DoIIars…Learn. More right Here !wc447:➽:➽:➽➽➽➽ http://GlobalSuperJobsReportsEmploymentsCompetitiveGetPayHourly$98…. .❖❖:❦❦:❖❖:❦❦:❖❖:❦❦:❖❖:❦❦:❖❖:❦❦:❖❖:❦❦:❖❖:❦❦:❖❖:❦❦:❖❖:❦❦:❖❖:❦❦:❖❖:❦❦::::::!wc447…………..

  • Frimmel

    Cap seems to me an old school “New Deal” Democrat. He’d probably have voted for FDR and these days would more or less be labeled a communist. And it wasn’t the authoritarian SJWs (a pox be upon them) who killed the term it was the nut-ball Tea-party crowd (and a pox upon them) using “liberal” as a pejorative.

  • Frimmel

    While the wall is softer on those beauties who become Hollywood Stars I have to wonder if you’re getting out enough.

  • Frimmel

    I’m up for anything with a guest appearance by Agent Carter.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Amen.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    If you live somewhere where you see women who look better than Tomei every day, I envy you.

  • Bop

    LOL.

  • Bop

    I am not very fond of period pieces, but I agree that the 60s would fit the Fantastic Four. And yes, it shouldn’t be a problem to bring them to the current time. Too bad Marvel doesn’t have the rights otherwise you could do the Fantastic Four movie set in the 60s and the Guardians could pick them up through time travel to have them join the fight against Thanos.

  • Frimmel

    Especially since reports are now out that her show is canceled.

    http://variety.com/2016/tv/news/agent-carter-cancelled-season-2-abc-1201773285/

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Disappointing news. Further seasons of Agent Carter could’ve been used as a springboard to cover the fifties, Atlas-era of Marvel Comics and other, related period material.

    As people have suggested elsewhere, perhaps Netflix or another streaming service will pick the show up. I’m not counting on it, but one can hope. Marvel might even dare to wind back the clock and give us “Captain America and the Invaders”, which would again be an opportunity to feature Peggy.

  • Frimmel

    Hayley Atwell will be starring in her own series called “Conviction.” Aside from her it doesn’t seem very appealing but with “Castle” cancelled as well I might have room in the viewing lineup to give it a look.

  • Stalk👁

    I have yet to catch up on with he second season but it is a way better show than Agents of SHITE.

  • Frimmel

    There was one bit of second season Agent Carter that was a bit check the boxes on the diversity checklist annoying but more or less on the level of the first season and a perfectly satisfactory place for it to end.

    I’ve thought Agents of SHIELD has been good storywise this season. Technically it is way too full of that washed out/desaturated shaky-cam awfulness that had me bail on Daredevil after two episodes of the second season. I gritted my teeth through it the first season but just couldn’t this go around.

    Loved that Agent Carter used locked down camera and had some color too it. I really dig Gotham as much because they use the shaky-cam sparingly as I like the story.

  • Stalk👁

    It made sense that Stark would abide by the Registration Act since he has this conservative persona also, he’s guilt ridden due to his technology being used for evil purposes to the extent of innocents being harmed or killed. (See, Armor wars) Moon Knight is a badass who so deserves his own series.
    Can’t say the same about Jessica Jones.