Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Devil Comics Review | Civil War II [2016] Brian Michael Bendis

Hype During FCBD Civil War II, She-Hulk took a missile to the chest while War Machine was beaten by Thanos. The zero issue begins before the events of the FCDB with the She-Hulk in the court room and James Rhodes being asked by the President to become his next Secretary of State and eventually become President. We also witness Ulysses being affected by the Terrigen Mist and as the issue ends he sees a vision of a major city destroyed. The theme of Civil War II deals with our own prejudices we have with people and how they behave. Do we judge them before they commit a crime or afterwards? Writer Brian Michael Bendis brings a strong opening issue dealing with the ideal of challenging our own prejudices. 

Rehash The series begins as the Avengers and Inhumans take on a Celestial with the help of Doctor Strange and his Sorcerers. Afterwards they are introduced to Ulysses who saw the future and warned them about the incoming Celestial. A debate rages between Captain Marvel and Tony Stark about the ethics of rushing to judgments before the events happen. The events for FCBD happens were the War Machine meets his end against Thanos. Stark discovers the Ultimates ambushed Thanos and it resulted with the loss of James Rhodes.

The second issue sees Tony Stark kidnapping Ulysses from the Inhumans and suggesting his predictions could be based on bias. The Ultimates and Avengers arrive as Ulysses projects a vision of the Hulk killing them all. Captain Marvel pays Bruce Banner a visit. By the third issue we are flash forward to the trial of Hawkeye who killed Banner and was convinced he was going to change into the rampaging Hulk in Ulysses' vision. The fourth issue begins with the acquittal of Hawkeye and dividing the heroes into two camps with one led by Captain Marvel and the other is Iron Man once Tony Stark explains how Ulysses' powers work. 

The Triskelion is under siege as the heroes fight among themselves. They stop when Ulysses gets another vision of Miles Morales Spider-Man killing Steve Rogers Captain America. Captain Marvel arrests Spider-Man as the other heroes watch. However Iron Man and Captain America allow him to leave with Thor. As the teams regroup, Maria Hill gets word that Spider-Man is at the Capitol where the vision of Ulysses took place. Both Captain America and Captain Marvel arrive at the scene making an attempt to resolve the situation until Iron Man arrives and battles Captain Marvel. 

After the battle where Captain Marvel defeats Tony Stark, Ulysses offers other Marvel futures including Monsters Unleashed, Inhumans Vs. X-Men, Miles Morales defeating Captain America, and Killraven. The splash pages seem more like an advertising gimmick than anything else. 

Feedback The issue relies heavily on the FCBD book which plays apart in the middle of the issue. Overall it is a strong start however the five dollar price tag is a turn off for most customers who want to read the series. Issue three was heavily marketed as one Marvel character murders another.


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