There’s been a lot of buzz across the blogosphere (and Livejournal-Land) about Civil War #4. Most of it seems to be about the characterizations of the principle characters: Captain America, Iron Man, Reed Richards. However, I actually think the most interesting character discussion resulting from this issue wasn’t about those three at all.
The subject was the Invisible Woman.
(Please be warned, the following links/excerpts contain spoilers)
Over at Christians Read Comics Too!, the Mad Monk challenges the end of Civil War #4, insisting that Susan Richards would not leave her children.
So it came as no surprise to The Mad Monk when she stopped Clor’s (The name for the Thor Clone) energy strike. It killed a giant, but to Sue it was just another obstacle to stop. She is power and fury incarnate there and is the only sane person around the Pro-Registartion side. Of all the crap coming out of Civil War, this was something that had been undigested and maintained that old Marvel quality.
What is unsettling is how she left the Baxter Building. There is no way that this strong mother would leave her children with Reed. Take into account that Reed is wacked out on evil scientist juice and it boggles the mind how they could have written this scene.
At My OTHER Comic Book Blog, Dawn addresses the Mad Monk’s point with her own counter argument: Sue would SO leave her children!.
I beg to differ of course. Sue is leaving to join the resistance. That’s no envionment for kids. It’s dangerous and desperate and she needs to direct her energies to the fight. And this IS a fight that she would wage out of concern for her children. One has superhuman powers and the other may manifest them in the future. She has to leave and fight to try and secure a future where they won’t have to.
Both posts are well constructed, well argued and interesting, continued with meaningful discussion in the comments. They’re definitely worth a read.