Wizard looks at the collections of Marvel’s Civil War events by presenting the pros and cons of each trade and asking for one last time (hopefully) Which side are you on? What’s interesting is that the pros seem to be more sales pitchy, while the cons are surprisingly more honest than you might expect from Wizard:
Civil War #1-#7
Mark Millar (W)
Steve McNiven (A)
In terms of sheer entertainment value, Millar and McNiven’s Civil War is hard to beat. McNiven’s art (aided by the expert inks of Dexter Vines and lush colors of Morry Hollowell) proves the pinnacle of ultra-slick, wide-angle action comics. Millar’s scripts provide moment after moment of twisted fanboy fun, from the reveal of a cloned Thor killing B-list hero Goliath to the book’s best moment, the unmasking of Spider-Man.
The central political allegory that the Registration Act represents (privacy vs. security) is quickly lost in a cloud of heroes (notably pro- and anti-Reg leaders Iron Man and Captain America) who are often petty, reckless and thoughtless in defending their positions. When characters do make choices for the good of their causes or the story—like Spider-Man switching sides—those decisions are as out of the blue as the action scenes and hold even less of a lasting impact. A bewildering subplot featuring marital strife in the Fantastic Four and Captain America’s eleventh-hour about-face (seemingly inspired more by property damage than ideals) made us wonder: What’s so civil about war, anyway?