Despite the mixed reviews coming from the fans, Marvel’s Civil War is a momentous event. People can talk their DC Kingdom Come stuff as much as they want, but Civil War is the book that they’ll be talking about in the graduate-level Ivy seminars and MLA conferences ten years from now.
Why? Well, it’s certainly not the subtlety.
Most of the fan-problem with CW is that many characters are depicted out-of-character. After a 40 year friendship, Captain America (Steve Rogers) and Iron Man (Tony Stark) have suddenly been depicted as rivals. In Marvel’s continuity, Rogers and Stark have been friends and teammates on the Avengers for more than 40 years, yet, in an almost painful evocation of the McCarthy era and the Alien and Sedition Acts, Marvel has created a ‘Super-Hero Registration Act’ (SHRA) that requires all super-powered persons to register with the Federal Gov’t, otherwise face lifetime incarceration. [Read more →]