Graphic Novel Review: Civil War II #1

I respect the future. I believe in the future. I worship at its feet.

With the blockbuster success of Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War. It’s only fitting that Marvel also release,  not long after the sequel to the 2007 series with the same name. Does Civil War II have what it takes to grab it’s audience as powerful as the first Civil War?

When the terrigen mist passed through Ohio State, Ulysses a college student, transformed into an inhuman with the ability to possibly foresee the future. In return, Carol Danvers (Captain Marvel) offered Ulysses to work for The Ultimates. However Tony Stark (Iron Man) have a different idea as he believes it is too soon to rely on Ulysses ability. This in return created a conflict of interest between Carol Danvers and Tony Stark. On one side Carol feels that judgement should be passed before action while Tony feels judgement should come after it.

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Right from the get-go Civil War II doesn’t waste anytime explaining the conflicting ideologies between the two parties. From what started as a lively party turned into a tense debate about Ulysses’ ability. For the most part the debate itself was interesting however the motivation behind it was lacking.

Though it’s understandable that story teller Brian Michael Bendis is setting up these conflicting environments, it did occur unnaturally. Which can be considered the only flaw in this issue. The following events however offered a whole lot more as not only was it emotionally felt but it added enough fuel to the conflict to make you care about how these characters will progress with their situation.

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Artist, David Marquez and color artist, Justin Ponsor did a great job with their illustrations as the action scenes looked incredible but they’re ability to humanize the characters through their facial expressions are superb. Though some of them are unfamiliar characters, you still feel for them and you feel the gravity of the situation.

Overall this is a very strong first issue for the story-line. Other than the unnatural start of the debate, this issue sets up the events as carefully as possible in order to feel like it’s not just a sequel but a worthy follow up to the previous Civil War.

Rating: 4.5/5

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