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How good is Marvel’s Civil War II?

By Alex Wiggan

If you were following the Honcho-SFX blog last week then you will know that it was a very big week for the comic book industry, due to the release of DC Universe: Rebirth, as well as that issue of Captain America. This week is no exception and this is due in large part to the release of Marvel’s Civil War II.

Yep, you read that correctly, Civil War II.

It’s been ten years since the release of Marvel’s first Civil War comic – the epic hero V hero tale written by Mark Millar and pencilled by Steven McNiven. Told across seven books, as well as a bunch of tie-in comics, Civil War pitted Captain America against Iron Man as they clashed over the Superhuman Registration Act. Civil War II is set to follow a similar format, only this time around Iron Man finds himself at loggerheads with Captain Marvel and it’s not because of a political dilemma.

The Superhuman Registration Act of Civil War has been jettisoned in favour of a new angle involving Ulysses, a character who can predict the future. Ulysses’ unique ability becomes the trigger for this latest conflict as Iron Man and Captain Marvel debate the age old question, should someone be punished for something they might do in the future?

On one side is Iron Man, who believes the ability to predict a potential future could lead to all sorts of complications. On the other side is Captain Marvel, who sees a future-predicting ability as an asset and the best way to get the upper hand on threats to mankind.

Now we won’t spoil what happens in this first issue, but we can confirm that Captain Marvel’s stance on this situation leads to a huge rift with Iron Man. A long-running character also dies.

But is Civil War II #1 any good?

It would be easy to greet Civil War II with an air of cynicism, after all the comic is being released mere months after Marvel Studios’ big budget epic, Captain America: Civil War (2016). However, based on the strength of this first issue, Civil War II does show quite a bit of potential, even if it does feel a bit like we’re treading over old ground.

And that’s the biggest problem. The story, by Brian Michael Bendis works well, the art is great and this comic has a lot of potential, but the original Civil War was such a milestone for Marvel, that creating a sequel ten years later seems a bit like a cheap cash-in. Bendis is a great writer, so we can’t help but feel this could have been something other than a Civil War sequel.

Perhaps the real test of Civil War II will be the strength of the tie-in comics which will intersect with the main story. Back when Civil War was released, the Spider-Man tie-in books proved just as interesting as the main story and they enhanced what Civil War had to offer. It will be interesting to see if this is the case this with Civil War II.

Overall, Civil War II #1 lays the foundations of a potentially good story and for Marvel fans, picking up this book is pretty much a no-brainer. Will it be a thought-provoking tale, capable of topping the original Civil War? Hmmm… we not quite sure on that but we’re curious enough to pick up issue #2.



About the author: Alex Wiggan has written blog posts for Honcho-SFX blog since October 2014. He likes writing, eating pizza and watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Sometimes in that order.


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