Thursday, March 15, 2007

Civl War Fallout: The Initiative Week 3, "Sorry About That Cap."

Well if it’s Thursday, it's time for our weekly Marvel Civil War recap. Compared to Captain America’s death, it was a pretty slow week. That being said, I will briefly go through each book listing them in what is my right opinion of Crappiest to Best.

Ghost Rider #9 hit the shelves this week with the “Casualties of War” banner. This issue goes a long way to fulfill Joe Quesada’s words, “Death should mean something…” by bringing back Jack O’ Lantern. He has been dead what, three months? Of course it’s not really him but Satan possessing his body (hate it when that happens). If you don’t read Ghost Rider usually, don’t waste your time.

Moon Knight #8 also is listed as a “Casualties” title. This is due to the random appearance of Captain America. Apparently before he died, Cap wanted to take some time off from running from the law to hunt down Marc Spector. Cap just wanted to tell him that he didn’t like his methods and to stay out of the Civil War. Then he leaves without even a goodbye. If you don’t read it, don’t buy it.

Thunderbolts #112 is a pretty good read. Warren Ellis is the savior of this book. He has taken an otherwise ridiculous premise and made it enjoyable. Let me first say that I am sick of Norman Osborn. Why is this guy not rotting away in some prison? He does not deserve a second chance—let alone a hundredth. His psychosis is getting a little old as well. Oh no, he is talking to himself, I wonder what’s going to happen?

Am I the only one that doesn’t buy it? Would America really embrace these killers? The Thunderbolts started with a group of villains pretending to be good guys. Now it’s a bunch of bad guys being forced to take care of the government’s dirty work. For some reason we are supposed to believe that people love them. They have action figures for God’s sake. Kids love Venom and Penance and hate Captain America? I don’t think so.

Marvel likes to brag that they are a mirror of the “real world” with super powered individuals in it. Well in the “real world” we reject Supreme Court nominees and Presidential candidates if they inhaled 30 years ago. We crucify them if they were ever divorced or got a hard on. But we are to believe that Tony freaking Stark could become the head of S.H.I.E.L.D. He has so many skeletons in his closet (and in the ground), it is unbelievable.

New Avengers #28 clears up the confusion several of us had last week. Spider-Woman goes back to rogue Avengers to tell them Cap isn’t dead. He is in The Raft. With the help of Dr. Strange they go to free their leader. Once there, Wolverine gives him a sniff and immediately knows that the body isn’t Cap’s. Yep, Ms Marvel lied. Iron Man pops out of hiding with a few hundred buddies to arrest them. I have really enjoyed the New Avengers from the beginning. However, I really don’t like Leinil Yu’s artwork. It just doesn’t work for this title.

Punisher #5 also came out this week, but for some reason it did not have a “Civil War” banner. It clearly is related to the story—a lot more than Ghost Rider. I wonder if Marvel is trying to throw us off. Castle sees Captain America get killed on the jumbo-tron in Times Square. I’m telling you, he is going to be the next Captain America. Previous issues showed us the Punisher’s love and respect for Cap. We know he does have Cap’s cowl. I’m just saying.

Check out the interesting cover from an old What If:

Marvel Spotlight: Civil War Aftermath is something you should pick up this week. I usually pass on most spotlight books. However, this one provides a great recap of the events of Civil War. This is especially great if you haven’t been going to the clinic to sell your plasma so you could afford to buy every book with the “Civil War” logo. Check it out.

Civil War: The Confession is probably the best book of the week. Buy it quick because it is pretty hard to find. It was never solicited in Previews and a lot of stores did not know about it. It gives us a pretty sobering picture of Tony Stark pouring his heart out to the corpse of Steve Rogers. However, I do think it is a little to quick for Stark’s change of heart. It is almost as quick (and convenient) as Cap’s change at the end of Civil War. Still a good read.

With all the Captain America talk last week, I didn’t get to talk about the other “Civil War” titles. I want to comment on two of them.

First, Fantastic Four #543 was a piece of crap. There is no other way to put it. Yeah, I understand that it is the 45th Anniversary of the FF. But, we are supposed to believe that Doom actually sat down for a television interview! Oh, and the fugitive Luke Cage was interviewed as well. Give me a break. I also think it is a little to quick for Sue to run back to Reed.

Lastly, let’s talk about The Mighty Avengers #1. The majority of the emails I received about this book were complaining about the same thing…you guessed it, the thought bubbles. Wow, I guess you guys hated them. I really wanted to defend Bendis. I really like his stuff. He is a great writer and will do great on this book, but the bubbles have to go. I am also having a hard time with looking at these guys as heroes. I don’t think they are. As good intentioned as they may be, they need to be held accountable for their actions.

What do you think?

Richard

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13 Comments:

Anonymous axio said...

Penance is easily the worst idea that Marvel has shat out in recent months. I'm amazed at how quickly Civil War went from being amazing to completely ruining Marvel's attempt at a universe reboot. I'm still handing out as much money as DC wants for 52 but there isn't anything in the Marvel universe that isn't part of MAX or DD that I want to read. I'm just waiting for Marvel to break DD's back...

4:15 PM, March 15, 2007  
Blogger 1 Right Opinion Comics said...

Axio,

I am not quite as negative as you right now. I think there is some pretty good stuff going on right now in the Marvel Universe. I like it much better when characters evolve and each comic issue is not interchangeable with the other.

Richard

5:47 PM, March 15, 2007  
Blogger Jim said...

Richard,

I find Marvel's whole premise to be hard to swallow. We enter the world of comics willing to suspend our disbelief, but expect a level of logic within that suspension. Marvel has made the internal logic of their Universe absurd and unbelievable. Having said that I have to agree that Warren Ellis is a genius to be able to make the worse concept of all, be the best comic of all of them.

PS - Loved the thought ballons. Captions have been the disguesed thought ballons for years, I never believed there was anything wrong with them.

3:46 AM, March 16, 2007  
Blogger 1 Right Opinion Comics said...

Jim,

I thought the "thought" ballons were over done. They took away from the flow of the story.

Richard

12:57 PM, March 16, 2007  
Blogger 1 Right Opinion Comics said...

Hey where are all the "fans" out there. Don't just send me emails defending Marvel. Let others hear you. There is a lot of good going on in the Marvel Universe right now.

Richard

12:58 PM, March 16, 2007  
Blogger Jeremy said...

Here's my stance on the whole Civil War thing. After issue #4 (Thor clone) it all went downhill. Massive delays and filler issues. They shoulda killed Cap in issue #7 and that woulda been awesome. Im not sure what direction Marvel is taking with its mainstream universe, but all we know is the Hulk is comin back soon and he won't be happy with the Illuminati.

Marvel is still good in my opinion., but you gotta know where to look. Their 'fringe' books, as I like to call them, are their best. Titles such as Irredeemable Ant-Man, Thunderbolts, and the superb Immortal Iron Fist are the best reads. These characters are getting revamped and the writers are allowed to do what they want with them. I highly recommend reading any of those titles.

1:34 PM, March 17, 2007  
Blogger Jeremy said...

I also forgot to add to my 'Marvel Fringe' list Runaways which is my favorite Marvel title out there right now. Let's hope Whedon can pick up the pieces, and jam.

11:32 PM, March 17, 2007  
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