Civil War: A Marvel Comics Event by Mark Millar
I think Millar did an excellent job of showing both sides of this Civil War. At first, I was sure I would hate Tony, but when I looked at things from his point of view, it was almost impossible not to understand why he thought he was right. Thats not to say that I wasnt rooting for Cap the rebels the entire time. I cant imagine a comic book fan being for Registration Act! After all, at the heart of all of us, is a geek who is paranoid of anything Big Brother-like.
It starts with public outcry against all superheroes due to a tragic accident caused by a group of b-list heroes. Not much more than kids, they decided to take on a few villains to boost their reality t.v. shows ratings. To say it didnt work out for them is an understatement. Because they were not paying attention to their surroundings, they were unaware of the danger they were placing everyone in. One of them tried to capture Nitro, and the explosion he caused during the fight took out an entire elementary school. In the wake of hundreds of childrens deaths, Tony is confronted by a grieving mother at her childs funeral. Overwhelmed with guilt, he agrees to help push for the Registration Act, and becomes front man for the cause. His belief is, with every super-human registered, trained by, and working for the government, nothing like that would have to happen again. He also realizes that it is only a matter of time before the public calls for an outright ban on the use of superhuman powers, and possibly superhumans themselves. He believes that by working with S.H.I.E.L.D, he is extending an olive branch that may save them all.
Millars stroke of genius was using Captain America, of all people, to lead the rebellion. One would assume that Steve Rogers would be the first one to sign up for anything that had the backing of the United States government. However, he immediately saw the potential for misuse of what could basically be an army of super weapons. They could easily be used to intimidate other countries into submission of Americas will. The threat of imprisonment to all who did not cooperate only fueled his belief that he was correct.
Spider Man (always my favorite) perfectly represented that, Oops, I think maybe Ive made the wrong choice., feeling. At first, he truly believes in Iron Mans vision. If superheroes are required to register with the government, then there will be no more untrained kids in capes running around with the potential to cause disaster. Receiving a steady paycheck from the government also doesnt seem like a bad thing for Parker, who always seems to be struggling to make ends meet. Yes, he will lose the privacy afforded by his secret identity, but it doesnt look that high of a price to pay to gain the publics support again for superhumans. Tony believes that because Peter has always been so guarded against losing his secret identity, his willingness to unmask during a press conference will ultimately lead the others who are on the fence to join their side. Personally, I think it was worth it just to see J. Jonas Jameson collapse when Parker took off the mask. Nice.
However, after Goliath is killed during an attempt to arrest some of the rebels, he begins to have second thoughts. Fighting and possibly killing superheroes who had, time and time again, saved the lives of countless innocents, was not what he originally signed up to do. His decision to join the rebels made me remember why I love him.
Great story, great art, great choice of characters! This is a must-read!
Civil (Ethics) War: A Marvel Comics Event
The storyline builds upon the events that developed in previous Marvel storylines, particularly " Avengers Disassembled ", " House of M ", and "Decimation". The plot of the series follows a framework story line in which the U. However, superheroes opposed to the act, led by Captain America , find themselves in conflict with those supporting the act, led by Iron Man , with Spider-Man caught in the middle; the X-Men take a neutral stance. Marvel, become increasingly authoritarian. The conflict between freedom and security is an underlying theme in the story line, with real-life events and discussions, such as the U. The series polarized critics but it was a commercial success. Mark Millar, writer for the story, has said:.
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After a horrific tragedy raises questions on whether or not super heroes should register with the government, longtime Avengers teammates Captain America and Iron Man end up on opposite sides of the argument! Writer Mark Millar and artist Steve McNiven split the Marvel Universe in two as friend fights friend in one of the most celebrated and successful events of all-time! Millar , Mcniven. Straczynski , Garney. Lee , Garney. Ghost Rider Johnny Blaze. Captain Marvel Carol Danvers.