You have Steve McNiven’s art which is gorgeous. You have a comic that appeals to the big media, to your CNN, your Colbert Report and to getting your books out there in the media and selling tons of copies. From a publishers profitability standpoint it makes total sense. On the other hand I had a huge problem with Civil War because as much as I know the world at large is like “Captain America and Iron Man fighting, awesome”. I find it contrary to how these characters would normally behave. It seems to me so counter intuitive that Iron Man would be employing Venom and a bunch of villains to fight the heroes. Or that they would be so draconian in their efforts to take down their friends. I find it to be an idea that was imposed on characters and sort of made them behave in ways that to me seemed contrary to the very principles they stand for. On the other hand it moved a ton of books for Marvel and got them a ton of publicity.
Butler also sings the praises of Pride of Baghdad and Fun Home, and ponders whether Starbuck is a Cylon.