One of the weird things about living over here (as opposed to over there) is that I’m asleep when most if you are reading the new books. So it was great to wake up this morning, flip on the computer and see the hugely enthusiastic response to Steve and I’s little conclusion. I’ve spent an indulgent hour browsing all the main sites and am really happy with the response. After months of spoilers and leaks and rumours, I’m also delighted that so many of you were SURPRISED (remember THAT emotion?). The fact that all those spin-off books were clearly marking a pro-reg win nobody (and I mean nobody) called Cap’s surrender after realizing his guys were wrong. Crime was down, the public felt safer and Tony only had the best of intentions. In a post-Internet world, it’s just incredibly gratifying to see people still being surprised and shocked by the conclusion of a huge story.
I’m genuinely just stunned so many people dug this. Events are always slaughtered (do a google for any event published in the Internet era), but we generally got a GREAT reponse from the readers, a great ride from the critics and sold more comics than at any point since the speculator boom in the early 90s. More from me on all this stuff (and my thanks to the pals who supported me with their advice and enthusiam) in a big Newsarama interview up on Monday. But just a thanks to you guys for digging it so much, for talking about it endlessly and for making me even MORE passionate about the story with your infectious enthusiasm. It was hard work (the hardest thing I have ever done and not something I’m likely to do again), but as I see the response this morning it was all very worth it.
Let’s look at some of the surprised and shocked responses, shall we?
“Wow, that is awful. What a disaster this whole thing has been.”
“i’m speechless… and its not for joy”
“I saw very little of the Captain America I’ve been reading about for 25 years or so in Millar’s portrayal. He came across as even angrier and darker than the post-9/11, post ‘Disassembled’ Cap that’s evolved in the past few years. Determination was replaced with what looked more like stubbornness, charisma was confused with reputation, and leadership was replaced with growling and passive-aggressive insults (and even some not-so passive ones). I never got any indication as to -why- Cap’s group was really following him. He was generally a jerk to pretty much everyone, particularly if they expressed doubts or wavered in their convictions, and last but not least gets made to look like an idiot in the finale, as all his efforts in the series prior to that point come to naught, because he never really had a plan to begin with, and is now made out to have been the ‘wrong’ party from the beginning.”
“The Civil War finale was a big letdown (Big Fat PERIOD) However, the biggest letdown for me was that I actually believed the hype that the Marvel boys created.”
“I thought overall the whole Civil War thing had promise and it just failed to deliver.”
“I want real change, not the spit in the face of fans cop out Marvel just did with Civil War#7.”
“That was the biggest anti-climax I’ve read in a long time. Readers should ask for their money back.”
“They just did what was easiest. Like they did with the entire series. The premise had so much potential. Lazy writing negated that. Instead we got pretty pictures and big fights. It sells comics.”
“HUGE anti-climax!! There are so many things left unresolved after this issue. How about the fact that Tony created a team of America’s worst mass murderers and now has them as agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Or how about the fact that Tony already got kicked out of a government position because he appeared drunk at a UN meeting and said he should exterminate the Latverian ambassador on live television …?”
“After re-reading (with growing disgust) this issue, it seems as though the moral of the story is that your principles are meaningless if a majority of Americans disagree with them. So Reed Richards was right in his asinine speech about his uncle. And these people are supposed to be heroes???”
“Well, that was disappointing, and pretty much what I expected 9 months ago when this story started. The art was uneven (and I swear Jim Cheung drew the page where cap says ‘Now I’m fighting dirty.’) and the last scene at the end with Tony and Miriam Sharpe felt incredibly weird. And looking at his one panel appearance, there’s NO WAY Captain Marvel’s return wasn’t just tacked on at the last minute.”
“I liked the ending. It may have been slightly anti-climactic, but I liked it.”
“all hype and no real substance.”
“I can’t think of a single conclusion to an event I’ve loathed more than Civil War #7. I was hot and cold on Civil War throughout, always liking the tie-ins a lot more than the actual mini, but this was simply atrocious. Nothing of note happened, and it was just ugly.”
“Maximum Security was better than Civil War. This has been one of the worst executed comics Marvel has ever put out. Judd Winick would have writen it better.”
“Civil War kinda painted itself into a corner. What a letdown. It just whimpered to an end.”
“Over all, I felt it was in line with the rest of the series: The whole thing seems like while they were sitting around exchanging ideas, someone said ‘Let’s have all the heroes fight each other!’ ‘Yeah, it’ll be a Civil War!’ And then they just made up a flimsy story to throw around it. I seriously doubt Millar was like, ‘Hey, I’ve got this great story to tell…’ It was more of a ‘How can I make this work?’”
“I’ve loved Civil War since issue #1, Cap ‘fighting dirty’ against Tony was fun to see and it was nice to see the Young Avengers not be used as punching bags for once and actually do something. Spider-Man’s smashing through five people at once was great, especially with the ‘Amazing’ and ‘Spectacular’ remarks. McNiven’s art was incredible for the story and it seemed to fit perfectly with what happened, I can’t imagine anyone else doing it. I’m looking forward to this new status quo Millar has presented us and can’t wait to spend ungodly amounts of money keeping up with the new world.”
“Not only was this hugely entertaining on every level, but in the end I can completely understand why folks were acting the way they were. Great moments from Spider-Man, Cap, and Hercules, and even Cloak and Dagger. I can’t wait to sit down now and read the whole series all the way through.”
“Great conclusion that actually paid off all the build up. LOVED the scene of Hercules cracking Clor’s head open..payback for poor Bill Foster. Im also very happy that Cap lived…this new status quo can actually fit in with Brubaker’s plans on the regular title..which is great. Im eager to read about the New Champions too…fun stuff. Great line by Tony to Maria Hill ‘get us some coffee will you?’:) All in all..excellent!”
“Great book, as I was expecting… I’ve been enjoying CW tremendously since issue #1. Thanks to Millar, McNiven and the entire crew.”
“This rocked so much. Millar, you set the bar pretty high for the rest of the Marvel U, man.”
“Excellent issue. Astounding in every way…”
Spot the odd one out.