Marvel’s big summer event this year is Civil
War. For once, I plan to pick up the whole
bloody cross-over event, and review the pieces right
here, starting later this week. A detailed list of
exactly which issues those are can be found below.
It’s basically Marvel’s
checklist, with the removal of Civil War:
Opening Shot (a sketchbook summarizing other
entries) and Marvel Spotlight:
Millar/McNiven, which is a behind-the-scenes item
instead of a part of the story proper.
- New Avengers: Illuminati Special – This will be
the first review, as it’s already out.
- Amazing Spider-Man #529-531 – Issue 531 should
ship this week.
- Fantastic Four #536-537 – Issue 537 should also
ship this week.
- Civil War #1-7 – The main series. I may review
issue 1 on its own, but the rest will be reviewed as a
- Civil War: Frontline #1-10 – A spin-off about
embedded reporters, including Ben Urich and a
character from X-Factor that I’m not familiar
with. Again, I may review #1 alone, but I’ll probably
just review the complete package when it’s
- Amazing Spider-Man #532-537 – To be reviewed as a
- Black Panther #18 – The only issue involved in the
Civil War is also tied into the Storm / Black Panther
wedding. To be reviewed individually.
- Cable/Deadpool #30-32 – My first issues of this
title, which is getting good reviews elsewhere. I’ll
review these as a set.
- Captain America #22-24 – Wizard’s pick for the
best title of 2005. I’ll start with these, and
possibly stick around if I like what I see.
- Civil War: Young Avengers and Runaways #1-4 – A
four issue miniseries combining the teenage teams.
I’ll try to get the Runaways reviews caught
up by then, and hopefully read some Young
Avengers so I know who they actually are. To be
reviewed as a set.
- Civil War: X-Men #1-4 – Another related
miniseries. To be reviewed as a set.
- Daily Bugle: Civil War Edition – This may be hard
to review. It’s like the Pulse: House of M
edition from last year, with a mock-up of what
the newspaper looks like in this world.
- Fantastic Four #538-543 – To be reviewed as a
- Heroes for Hire #1-3 – A new
ongoing without Iron Fist or Power Man. I’ll
review the first three as a set, but they’ll need to
be great to keep me around for number 4. As it’s a
new ongoing, I may also review #1 on its own.
- Iron Man #13-14 – I’ll review the pair
- Ms. Marvel #6-8 – Again, the three will be
- New Avengers #21-25 – To be reviewed as a
- Punisher: War Journal #1-3 – A new ongoing, so
there’s a possible review for just #1, and then a
review of the set. That character hasn’t had a lot of
appeal for me, so fans of him may like the series more
than I likely will.
- She-Hulk #8 – A one-shot in a very well reviewed
series. I’ll review it as a single issue.
- Thunderbolts #103-105 – Again, to be reviewed as a
- Wolverine #42-47 – To be reviewed as a set.
- X-Factor #8-9 – To be reviewed as a pair.
This is what you can watch for in the coming weeks and
months. The event runs right into November, and most
reviews will be in the latter half of the year, given
that that’s when most of the series complete. I’ll
try to use that time to catch up on reviews of the
titles involved. I’m now caught up on Amazing
Spider-Man, but not New Avengers,
Young Avengers, Fantastic Four, or