This week had three Civil War issues. There was this issue from the main series, the last issue in the New Avengers crossover (which will be reviewed before next Wednesday), and the first of two issues in the Iron Man crossover. This issue takes place between the pages of the Iron Man issue, and I believe both of those take place before the New Avengers issue.
Title: Civil War #5
Author: Mark Millar
Illustrator(s): Steve McNiven (pencils), Dexter Vines (inks) and Morry Hollowell (colours)
Original Publication Date: Cover dated November 2006. Due to the late running schedule, it actually shipped on November
15, 2006, instead of the normal ship date of two months before the cover date. (Marvel promises that they’ll maintain a
monthly schedule until the end now.)
Cover Price: $2.99US, $3.75 Can
Past comic reviews can be found here.
This issue is all about characters changing sides, or choosing sides publically. The new Thunderbolts are deployed
in a low key manner, and we get some insight into why Tony Stark is so firmly behind the pro-registration side.
“Get me a medic! NOW!” And don’t generally like that character.
Compared to the last few issues, this one feels pretty slow. It might have felt more exciting had Spider-Man’s
decision not been telecast so many weeks ago, or if the team roster for the new Thunderbolts in issue 110 hadn’t been so
well published, but as it stands, the only elements I didn’t predict were the high point and the last couple of pages.
The only thing that feels original here is the slower pacing. There’s not a
lot of action this issue, but the conversation points to nothing but action in the last two issues. I give it 3 out of
The artwork continues to impress. There’s a huge cast of characters here, and every one of
them looks exactly like I’d expect them to look. What little action there is (compared to previous issues) is well
depicted, with dynamic perspectives and compositions. I give it 6 out of 6.
The story moves along nicely. As I said, this feels mostly like it’s getting the
individuals in place to set up the last two issues, but it does that well. I give it 5 out of 6.
The characterization is here. This finally lets us know why Tony Stark is so
devoted to the project, and brought back the Peter Parker we had before the Avengers disassembled. We know why some
characters are changing sides, why some are just beginning to choose sides, and how those who have chosen sides are
dealing with that decision. I give it 5 out of 6.
The emotional response wasn’t quite as strong as it would be reading
the series in trade paperback form. The biggest detriment here is that we’ve had time to stew, process, and predict
what’s coming. When the most predictable events happen here after an extra long wait between issues, they just don’t
have the same impact they’d have reading the series from start to finish. I also think that I was expecting too much
action, based on previous issues. Most of what we have here sets up future action, rather than showing it here and now.
I give it 4 out of 6.
The flow is smooth. The story runs from one moment to the next quite nicely, and it is easy
to follow even when locations change. I give it 6 out of 6.
Overall, even though it’s not quite as strong as earlier issues in the series,
it’s still a strong entry. I give it 5 out of 6.
In total, receives 34 out of 42.
Civil War Review Checklist
- New Avengers:
- Amazing Spider-Man
- Fantastic Four
- Civil War 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
- Amazing Spider-Man #532-538
- Black Panther #18
- Black Panther #23-25
- Blade #5
- Cable/Deadpool #30-32
- Captain America #22-24
- Civil War: Battle Damage Report
- Civil War: Choosing Sides
- Civil War: Frontline #1-11
- Civil War: The Return
- Civil War: War Crimes
- Civil War: X-Men #1-4
- Civil War: Young Avengers and Runaways #1-4
- Daily Bugle: Civil War Edition
- Fantastic Four #538-543
- Heroes for Hire #1-3
- Iron Man #13-14
- Iron Man / Captain America Special: Casualties of War
- Moon Knight #7-9
- Ms. Marvel #6-8
- New Avengers #21-25
- Punisher: War Journal #1-3
- She-Hulk #8
- Thunderbolts #103-105
- Winter Soldier: Winter Kills
- Wolverine #42-48
- X-Factor #8-9