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Civil War: Marvel Universe Paperback – 20 Jun 2007
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She Hulk regaining her ability to turn on and off her power, and the conflict between her role as a lawyer defending the civil rights of those heroes not registered and being one of Iron Man's team. Good story line, good art work and a bit of a tongue-in-cheek ending. Next is the recruiting of Scorpion into The Thunderbolts, not much of a story but good art work, bit of a cop-out getting him to use his symbiote power though. The latest version of Ant Man follows, this is in a lighter vein, he's on the side lines and his humour is in the frat-boy territory, but it's fun tale all the same. Daredevil and Iron Fist; to switch mood we get some stunning shadowy art work and very sombre dialogue, not being up to speed with the backstory I probably missed out on the nuances, but it's compelling if only for that art work. US Agent is next up, story line is not much, up pops Purple Man, he gets folk to do stuff, he goes away, US Agents survives and gets sent to Canada, art work is good, but unless Jessica Jones or Luke Cage is kicking his butt anything to do with Purple Man is pretty boring really and US agent doesn't have a lot to say. Then there's Howard The Duck, happily this is a cartoon and a parody take on the Registration Act with Howard being...well...Howard, as they used to say in Stan Lee's day `Nuff Said. After that another complete change of mood with Mar-vell back from the dead and reflecting of his time before his death and now. A good way to find out something about his and another good sombre piece of art work. Similarly there's Sentry's inner turmoil, while he takes out the consistently impressively nasty Absorbing Man, and Sentry finally deciding to register, this is a good mix of action and reflection. There is now one which deals with the formation of Omega Flight, its link to the Civil War is a bit tenuous, but dialogue, tensions and artwork trump that. Then we have poor Hurricane (II) being hunted down by the proto-Dark Avengers as Thunderbolts and a ruthless and efficient bunch too, excellent artwork, chilling dialogue and lots of actions. The final tale is Carol Danvers as Ms Marvel trying to talk Jessica Drew as Spider Woman in registering and as a side-story Iron Man planning on setting up a new avengers team, again very tight and telling dialogue, along with high standard art work (and since we are dealing with Carol and Jessica several gratuitous scenes of female anatomy).
So this volumes packs quite a variety into its pages, like I said not all of a consistently high standard but overall a very good TPB and one which succeeds in its intention of conveying the chaos and the conflicts both physical, mental and moral that The Civil War series threw into the Earth 616 part of the Marvelverse.
Not vital, but worth adding to your collection.
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(Marvel Comics, 2008)
A companion to the main "Civil War" storyline, this volume features brief encounters with a number of B- and C-list Marvel characters, all enmeshed to various degrees in the ongoing Civil War plotline. She-Hulk, Sentry,Iron Fist and others each get a brief moment in the spotlight. For the most part, these are episodic one-shot affairs, and are not that dramatically involving. USAgent = dull as dishwater. Ditto for the Thunderbolts. The Howard The Duck story was mildly surprising and, even though HTD really shouldn't be written by anyone else now that Steve Gerber is gone, this quickie by Ty Templeton was pretty amusing. I think we were supposed to have our minds blown by the return of Captain Marvel, but the story wasn't quite as mega-cosmic as intended. Overall, I wasn't too impressed, but it was an okay "read." (Axton)
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