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Bernie Sanders is Team Cap

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While politics may be serious (or not serious enough depending on who you ask), there’s a bit of silliness that creeps in, especially when it comes to campaign season. Theatrics play a large role, and questions posed to candidates range from substantive policy to boxers or briefs?

The Daily Dot took it upon themselves to ask the biggest question out there:

Where do the candidates stand on the Superhero Registration Act?

For those that might not know, this summer’s upcoming film Captain America: Civil War, based off of the Marvel comic series Civil War, pits Captain America against Iron Man as the two have a fall out concerning legislation that would force superheroes to register with the government. In the comics Captain America stood against the legislation while Iron Man was pro-registration.

We can speculate as to where the candidates stand on this pressing issue, and if they’re #TeamCap or #TeamIronMan, but one candidate actually responded, Bernie Sanders.

Yes, we can now reveal that the Bernie Sanders campaign is #TeamCap, endorsing Captain America in this year’s fictional Marvel showdown.

It shouldn’t be a surprise that the Sanders campaign responded. Campaign manager Jeff Weaver is not just a friend and adviser to Sanders, as well as running the Presidential campaign, Weaver also has a long history with comic books. After years of collecting and needing a break from politics, in 2009 Weaver opened the shop Victory Comics just outside of Washington, DC in Falls Church (a store I frequent). Weaver is also the “co-discoverer of the Lost Valley Pedigree Collection—an original Golden Age pedigree collection that consisted of many of the most significant and well preserved examples of comics from the dawn of the hobby to the 1950s.” In May Weaver took a break from Victory to return to the campaign trail, he managed Sanders’ first Senate campaign in 2006, and worked on his earlier campaigns.

We know which side Sanders stands with, sound off in the comments as to where you think the rest would be.

Mark White Talks Comics, and A Philosopher Reads Marvel Comics’ Civil War: Exploring the Moral Judgment of Captain America, Iron Man, and Spider-Man

Marvel Comics Civil WarMark White is Professor and Chair of the Department of Philosophy at the College of Staten Island (CUNY). Mark’s writings represent a labour of love, as he has passionately explored the the intersection of politics, philosophy and the superhero world. A fixture in Blackwell’s Pop Culture and Philosophy series, Mark’s writing credits include, Batman and Philosophy: A Dark Knight of the Soul, The Virtues of Captain America: Modern Day Lessons in Character from a World War II Hero, and Avengers & Philosophy among many others. I am a huge fan and fellow contributor of the Blackwell series, and enjoy all works in this niche-genre. I was very fortunate to have a chat with Mark regarding his newest work.

Graphic Policy: In preparation for this interview, and your upcoming book, I read series editor William Irwin’s Defence on Writing Pop Cultural Philosophy. I loved his use of the Plato’s Cave analogy when describing how one must “adjust to the shadows” when communicating to a particular audience. In your writing do you experience any difficulty in writing academically for specific fandoms? If so, how do you manage this?

Mark White: I’m much more comfortable these days writing for non-academics, after writing all the chapters for Irwin’s series as well as my superhero books and economic policy books for wider audiences. Maybe it’s the teacher in me, but I like getting to the essence of a concept so I can explain it in the most straightforward and direct way possible (whether I use superheroes along the way or not). It’s when I return to academic writing that I have tend to have problems adjusting, but even then I try to retain some of the lightness from my popular writing — that’s just the way I write now, and I try not to make such a hard and fast distinction between writing for the two different audiences.

GP: You have written quite extensively on the superhero genre at the intersection of Philosophy. What was it specifically about the Civil War event that you felt warranted a stand alone book dedicated to it?

MW: It was the political context, the conflict between liberty and security, that drew me into the story, and that was the original focus of my book as well. But then I realized I was much more interested in how the main characters displayed their moral principles and judgment in supporting of those ideals, so the book changed accordingly. The political context is still there, but now we see it through the lens of the three heroes’ ethical choices rather than as broader political ideals.

GP: Plato was fond of using mythological allegory to punctuate and elaborate his philosophical arguments. Storytelling and folklore in general have been powerful tools to engage in hypothetical thought, would you consider pop cultural themes in today’s comics and other related media the modern day equivalent of this?

MW: Yes, definitely — that’s a large part of the thinking behind Irwin’s series that I’ve carried on in own books. Any story that grabs people, whether from ancient mythology, Star Wars, or comic books, provides a hook that you can use to introduce any number of philosophical ideas. And it’s commonplace these days to hear that superhero stories are part of our modern mythology, so I think they’re a natural stepping stone on the way to deeper discussions.

GP: Adaptations are tricky creatures. The Sokovia accords replace the Super Human Registration Act in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With respect to how the event plays out in comic canon vs the synopsis of the upcoming Civil War Film. Do you expect any changes in terms of what philosophical insights can be drawn from the story?

MW: I don’t think the broad themes will be very different — as in Captain America: Winter Soldier, it’s all about how far you’re willing to go to protect people and where you draw the line. In the comics, both Iron Man and Cap valued liberty and security in general, but they disagreed on where that line should be drawn, and hopefully that will come out in the movie as well. (Spider-Man obviously won’t play the same role as a pivot between the two older heroes, where he functioned as a point-of-view character for the reader, but I assume the movie won’t use that device.)

GP: Marvel Comics is about to embark on a sequel to its classic civil war event. Not too long ago we had the seismic Avengers vs X-Men event, AXIS and soon we will see an Avengers Standoff as well as an Apocalypse War. What is it about super human conflict that has Marvel returning to similar storytelling frameworks?

MW: For as long as superheroes have existed, fans have argued about who would win in a fight between, say, the Hulk and the Thing, or who would win in a race, Superman or the Flash. So I think fights between heroes can be interesting occasionally, but lately it seems they fight each other more than they fight villains, and after a while you forget what heroes are supposed to do: protect people by fighting evil. Civil War was great because the heroes were fighting about ideas, something important and relevant to what we saw in the world we live in. The sequel, about predictive policing, seems to following the same general plan, but most hero-versus-hero stories seem more like editorial contrivances and lowest-common-denominator storytelling to me. (Maybe supervillains simply don’t sell comics anymore — it might be as simple as that.)

GP: Comics have always been an interesting space to explore sensitive political subject matter. Considering the multiplicity of positions and opinions within the fandom do publishers like Marvel owe their consumers a degree of fairness or balance in terms of subject representation?

MW: I don’t know if I would say they “owe” their fans anything, but I do think it’s good business not to alienate any mainstream points of view. Certainly Marvel shouldn’t indulge racists or xenophobes, but showing the representative array of diverse (mainstream) viewpoints in “the world outside your window,” as Marvel likes to say, is valuable — not to mention great for generating story possibilities. They handled this very well in Civil War, because neither liberty nor security is the sole province of one party or the other, so it couldn’t be reduced to a simple left-versus-right story. As far I’m concerned, that’s the way political stories in comics should be done: getting past the simplistic left-right distinction and down to core issues, so they can show where people actually disagree, rather than the labels the media puts on them.

GP: Continuing with the theme of publisher responsibility it was recently announced that Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter donated 1 million to the Donald Trump Foundation, any thoughts on this transaction from an ethical point of view?

MW: That’s too complicated for one quick answer! But Ms. Marvel writer G. Willow Wilson laid out the various issues very well in a recent Tumblr post, and I’d recommend everyone read it.

GP: Thank you for your time Mark! all the best with your new publication!

Mark White’s A Philosopher Reads Marvel Comics’ Civil War is available for purchase February 3rd.

Fashion Spotlight: Iron for 2016, Cap for 2016, Civil Election 2016

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‘Captain America: Civil War’ actor Chris Evans would love to be in ‘Iron Man 4’

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Spider-Man will also be in Captain America: Civil War.

In just a few months we are going to see Captain America: Civil War hit theatres and it has quite the line-up of actors including Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Olsen, Sebastian Stan, Emily VanCamp, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Rudd, Anthony Mackie, Jeremy Renner, Paul Bettany and others.

As Civil War trailer just dropped a week ago, it has already set records in terms of views, seeing a 60+ million views in the first 24 hours of the release.

Captain America’s role has always been prominent in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is everything has been building up to his showoff with Tony Stark. Now, with the signed multi-year contracts, it is hard to feel worried either of them won’t survive Captain America: Civil War, but there are some good news about that.

Recently, Entertainment Weekly visited the set and had a chat with actor Chris Evans and as it turns out, he is eager to make an appearance in Iron Man 4 should it happen.

“It just hit me yesterday, now that we’re six weeks in, that they were actually over his shoulder coming out of the elevator, not over my shoulder watching him come out of the elevator,” Downey says during EW’s set visit.

“I was like, oh, that’s right, it’s his point of view.” Evans says he’ll happily return the favor if there’s ever an Iron Man 4: “I’d be happy to be in an Iron Man movie. We’ve been in so many movies together, the titles are almost, at this point, inconsequential. We all win!”

For me, personally, it would be great to see Chris Evans opposite of Downey Jr in Iron Man 4 because I tend to like the dynamic relationship between the two. What’s more, I would be 100% for Iron Man 4 to actually happen as the third instalment was enjoyable for me.

What do you think? Would you like to see another run between Cap and Iron Man?

Wizard World New Orleans Captain America VIP Attendees to Receive Exclusive Civil War #1 Variant Cover

Michael Golden Civil WarWizard World, Inc. has announced that “Rogue” co-creator Michael Golden has drawn the Civil War #1 variant cover to be provided free to all Captain America Platinum VIPs at Wizard World Comic Con New Orleans, January 8-10.

A conflict has been brewing in the Marvel Universe for over a year, threatening to pit friend against friend, brother against brother–and all it will take is a single misstep to cost thousands their lives and ignite the fuse. As the war claims its first victims, no one is safe as teams, friendships, and families begin to fall apart.

Civil War, a Marvel Comics event in seven parts, stars Spider-Man, the New Avengers, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men and the entirety of the Marvel pantheon. Civil War – the crossover that rewrites the rules – begins here in this double-sized first issue.

A hugely popular Wizard World guest, Michael Golden has penciled everything from Batman to Captain America to Vampirella. If a fan brings up a character, Golden has probably worked on it at some point in his career. His ‘Storytelling’ panel is not to be missed by aspiring artists, or those who just want a little more insight into this iconic artist’s work.

Captain America stars on the Wizard World Comic Con New Orleans celebrity roster are Chris Evans, Jeremy Renner, Hayley Atwell, Anthony Mackie , Frank Grillo, and directors Anthony and Joe Russo. Other top guests include Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Jenna Coleman, Norman Reedus, Jon Bernthal, Chandler Riggs, Steven Yeun, Emily Kinney and Scott Wilson, Ben McKenzie, William Shatner and Jason Isaacs, WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair and Diva Charlotte, Edward James Olmos, Barry Bostwick and Chris 51.

Wizard World is also the home of the most creative comics artists and writers on the planet. In addition to Golden, Artist Alley will feature Peter Kuper, Gene Ha, Christos Gage, Billy Martin, Rafa Sandoval, Tom Cook, Sara Richard, Rob Guillory, Phil Ortiz, Danny Fingeroth and many others.

The first event on the 2016 Wizard World calendar, New Orleans show hours are Friday, January 8, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, January 9, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, January 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

REBELS #7 CoverWednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Brett

Top Pick: Battling Boy: Fall of the House of West (First Second) – The latest graphic novel in Paul Pope’s Battling Boy series focuses on Aurora West and her focus on finding the person responsibly for the death of her mother. Like the graphic novels before it, this one is beyond entertaining with a sense of pulp fun and adventure.

Balkans Arena (Humanoids) This original graphic novel takes us into the seedy underworld of a country whose violent past echoes in their present.

East of West #21 (Image Comics) – The apocalyptic series doesn’t disappoint and it’s one of the series I look forward to with each issue. Always at the top of my read list.

Twilight Children #1 (Vertigo) – Gilbert Hernandez and Darwyn Cooke on a Vertigo series? Yes please!

Two Brothers (Dark Horse) – A graphic novel by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba about twin brothers raised apart. Heartbreaking and memorizing. You can read my review.

 

Kenny

Top Pick: Tyson Hesse’s Diesel #2 (BOOM! Studios) – This instantly became a must read for me after the first issue. If you missed missed the beginning, hurry up and go pick it up and then read this. It’s too good to pass up.

Batman #45 (DC Comics) – There’s a new Batman coming out by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. I don’t know what you need to be excited by a comic but that’s plenty for me. I’m in!

Catwoman #45 (DC Comics) – I’m going to keep putting this on my list of top picks for the week until it stops being so phenomenal. And, honestly, I don’t see that happening any time soon so, go check this out for a thrilling crime saga.

Rebels #7 (Dark Horse Comics) – I really enjoy takes on historical mythology and this is an extremely solid look at the classic American folklore tale of Molly Pitcher. Let your inner history lover out. It’s worth it.

 

Mr. H

Top Pick: Batman and Robin Eternal #2 (DC Comics) – One of the best cliffhangers I’ve seen in some time with Batman, and Dick Grayson back in the driver’s seat? No brainer. Oh Brother, oh Mother, bring this on!

Superman: Lois and Clark #1 (DC Comics) – Dan Jurgens, Lee Weeks, continuity? Yes please! Bring it on! I forget you, sometime…

Uncanny Avengers #1 (Marvel Comics) – Bold move bringing Ryan Reynolds, errr Deadpool on your team. Love me some Pool. You got one issue to prove me out.

 

Paul

Top Pick: New Avengers #1 (Marvel)Secret Wars is coming to a close, and now we are seeing new teams forming and The New Avengers is one I am very excited about.  Mostly because I get Hulkling and Wiccan back (and apparently Wiccan has been made over), but this line up looks like it will be a lot of fun, and they can kick butt.  It’s going to be a fun ride to see how this team is received.

A-Force #5 (Marvel) – Well the traitor has been revealed, and they’ve made sure to end things with a bang!  Nothing that She-Hulk and the ladies of A-Force can’t handle….I hope.  This has been one of my favourite titles in Secret Wars, and I am very excited to see this title continuing in the new Marvel Universe.

Civil War #5 (Marvel) – It all comes down to this battle…forces clash to determine the fate of this region of Battleworld, and the mysterious third party involved will not doubt be throwing their hat into the ring.  The reveal was pretty shocking to me on who this third party is, and I’m looking to forward to see how they fare in the battle.

Guardians of the Galaxy #1 (Marvel) – The Guardians are back….sort of.  Star-Lord is running a planet, so his fiancé Kitty is now on the team; along with the ever loving blue eyed Thing???  Just seeing Grimm as a member of this time has me excited!

Uncanny Avengers #1 (Marvel) – This title I add as a top pick hesitantly.  The last volume of Uncanny Avengers was way less then stellar, but I am hoping this new line up and mission can win me back.  It is an interesting roster, with a new member I have not seen before, so I am curious about this teams mission.  Plus I’m really wanting to know why Steve Rogers would want Deadpool on an Avengers team.

Around the Tubes

It’s new comic book day tomorrow. We’ll have our picks in a few hours, but until then, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Around the Tubes

The ComiChron – August 2015 comics sales estimates online; Secret Wars #5 tops 200k – Some very interesting insight as always.

CBR – The Mission: One Year Later, and the Future of Marvel and DC’s Superhero Comics – Some very interesting ideas.

 

Around the Tubes Reviews

CBR – Atomic Robo and the Ring of Fire #1

CBR – Bitch Planet #5

CBR – Civil War #4

Nothing But Comics – From Under Mountains #1

CBR – Ms. Marvel #18

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Batman #44 CoverWednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Alex

Top Pick: Ninjak #7 (Valiant): Over the past few months I have been devouring anything that Valiant has been producing, and pretty much all of it has been as good as I hoped it would be. I quite enjoyed the last issue’s (slightly) slow build up, and I can’t wait for this issue.

Batman #44 (DC Comics): Although I think it’s only a matter of time before Bruce Wayne dons the cape and cowl again, I’m looking forward to seeing Jock take on the Dark Knight. The only thing stopping this issue from being my top pick this week? The $4.99 price tag.

Unity #22 (Valiant): I’m actually looking forward to this for a slightly different reason; I haven’t been reading Unity – yet – because the comic has been in the middle of a story arc. This issue marks the finale of that arc, so I’ll be able to pick it up in trade form, and begin reading Unity with issue #23. Oh yes. More Valiant.

 

Brett

Top Pick: Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Shattered Empire #1 (Marvel) – It begins here! Bridging the gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, this series takes us past the destruction of the second Death Star into a world with a shattered Empire. Courtesy of writer Greg Rucka!

Bitch Planet #5 (Image Comics) – After a hiatus that was too long, this series that tackles social issues in the form of a prison exploitation story is back. Hopefully the break has not diminished it’s excellence, but it’s near the top of my “to read” pile for the week.

Rebels #6 (Dark Horse) – Writer Brian Wood continues to bring us an entertaining and gripping look at the Revolutionary War, mixing in a bit of the philosophy behind it.

Starve #4 (Image Comics) – The world is messed up and the television show Starve mixes a celebrity chef cooking competition with excess. The characters are fascinating, and the underlying message of the series could be debated about for some time. A big middle finger to the Food Channel and all of the cooking competition shows out there.

TET #1 (IDW Publishing) – Eugene Smith is desperate to leave Vietnam behind, and begin a new life with the woman he loves. But when a fellow Marine is brutally murdered, Eugene’s plans are thrown away, forever. All’s fair in love and war, right? This crime/romance story set at the height of the Vietnam War and the decades that followed sounds too interesting to not read.

 

Elana

Top Pick (tie): Bitch Planet #5 (Image Comics) – Probably the most important comic being made today in terms of the issues it explores like social enforcement of gender roles, racism and the prison system. In some ways it’s been a slow burn developing the story (in part because of the pace of the releases, not that it hasn’t been worth the wait). Yet the worldbuilding already feels so fleshed out. That’s probably because this dystopia is far too much like the real world of today. No wonder the series has such a loyal following.

Top Pick (tie): Phonogram the Immaterial Girl #2 (Image Comics) – Music is magic in Phonogram. Creators Gillen and McKelvie are masters at building fantastical metaphors for growing up and developing your sense of self that feel more real then any more “realist” or literal narative could ever be.

Our protagonist, Emily used her powers to exile her depressed teenage psyche to the netherverse beyond the mirror. While this gave her the hard exterior to become the Poptomistisn embracing maven she is today it also makes her past self her own worst enemy.

Last issue ended with Emily’s sad old self dragging her into Aha’s legendary “Take On Me” video video behind the screen of her TV. How will she escape? (Read my review of issue 1. A new essay is on its way)

Catwoman #44 (DC Comics) – Last issue ended on a huge cliffhanger. Will either of the series’ two Catwomen- Eiko and Selina survive? That was a serious fall. And have you seen the stunning Kevin Wada cover of our two Catwomen tangoing? Meow.

Gotham Academy #10 (DC Comics) – Easily one of DC comics’ best books. The cast of characters and art are utterly charming. But the story also delves into real emotional turmoil that kids will recognize (& older readers will look back on and remember). The book is perfect on the perifery of the Bat world but requires no knowledge of Batman related comics to enjoy.

The Michael Moorcock Library Volume 2: The Sailors on the Seas of Fate HC Vol. 2 (Titan Comics) – This is not Conan. This is not Red Sonja. This is trippy as hell! This is the second volume of a brand new reprinting of Roy Thomas, P. Craig Russell, and Michael T. Gilbert’s take on Michael Moorcock’s fantasy epic, Elric of Melniboné. While the story is quintessential 70s psychedelic sword and sorcery if you haven’t delved specifically into Moorcock’s works before it will feel utterly new to you. The work that was inspired by it is not like it. So treat yourself to this beautiful volume.

 

Kenny

Top Pick: Tyson Hesse’s Diesel #1 (BOOM! Studios) – The fantastical sky pirating world of Diesel has had me excited to read it since I first heard about it weeks ago. Now, that I finally have the chance to get my hands on it I could not be more thrilled.

Batman #44 (DC Comics) – The safest pick coming out of DC right now is Batman because it has been so constantly good in the hands of Scott Snyder. And, adding one of my favorite artists Jock into the mix makes this a must read.

Catwoman #44 (DC Comics) – Catwoman has been one of the pleasant surprises of the last few months, creating a really intriguing and exciting crime drama. I cannot stop myself from watching Selina’s criminal empire crumble and after the events in issue 43 I have to know what comes next.

Holy F*cked #1 (Action Lab – Danger Zone) – If you just want some utterly ridiculous fun while reading comics then you need to check out Holy F*cked. It is an absolute blast.

 

Mr. H

Top Pick: Batman #44 (DC Comics) – Snyder and Jock team reunited for a one off that shows Bruce back in the cowl and gives us an insight to the origin tale of Mr. Bloom. Yes I may miss Capullo for one month but this should be great!

Action Comics #44 (DC Comics) – Truth comes to an end. Will all the answers set us free? Only Kuder and Co. know.

Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #5 (Marvel Comics) – I am very pumped for this one. Now that they got through the prodding first few issues, last month really turned up the heat. We get Spidey and Annie May side by side fighting for survival of their world. I cannot wait! Let’s see that Parker luck in full force!

TMNT Color Classics Series 3 #9 (IDW Publishing) – Turtles. Color. Classics. Always there.

 

Paul

Top Pick: Siege #3 (Marvel) – One of my favourite titles to come out of Secret Wars.  Abigail Brand is front and center, defending the SHIELD in a never ending battle from the hordes that would lay waste to Battleworld.  Issue #2 ended with Abigail seeing a familiar face leading the charge against her…can’t wait to see this go down.

A-Force #4 (Marvel) – A mysterious new ally!  A traitor in their ranks!  And the Thors are on their way to uphold the laws of Doom.  She-Hulk has fought hard for Arcadia…is she about to lose everything?  Looking forward to finding out!  This has been a fun book from the start that hasn’t disappointed.

Civil War #4 (Marvel) – Issue #3 showed us a third party pulling strings in this civil war…and the Punishers are just too damn cool.  Iron Man and Captain America are getting desperate…will either one stand victorious?  This has been a surprise hit with me; I’ve really enjoyed seeing these characters in what seems like a ‘What If?’ story.  It doesn’t feel like a tie in book, but more of a fast forward if the war went on.  If you’re not reading this one, what are you waiting for?

Review: Civil War #2

CivilWar2“We’re being played” – President Stark

The second installment of Civil War continues to stun with its expressive landscapes. Each panel in Civil War #2 presents its own reward, in addition to the engrossing mystery of what I can say now is my favorite battlezone.  Issue two showcases the aftermath of Miriam Sharpe’s assassination as both factions in the warzone carry out their own respective measures and investigation. We get an interesting reveal from President Stark’s analysis recent events. Employing his trademark technical finesse Stark carries out a statistical analysis of occurrences spanning from the  Stamford Incident (the classic trigger of the Civil War event) up to the Maria Sharpe’s death.   Stark’s work presents us with a timeline reminiscent of a similar one in Avengers #5 (Vol.4)  and another one created by a time displaced Hank McCoy in Bendis’ All-New X-Men.

I really do love timelines like these, they act as firm plot structure devices, and can lead to some awesome foreshadowing.  In this case the timeline does not just hint that there is more than what meets the eye is at work in Battleworld, it shows what could have been.  I have not been reading all of the tie ins to Secret Wars, but I have been reading most the reviews on Graphic Policy, and there seems to be a recurring theme that Battleworld is definitely flawed. I suspect the timeline analysis segment here touches on that thread.

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Back in the Blue, Rogers is overseeing a project dubbed “Bellcurve”  which appears to be a means to depower superhuman individuals.  With the genius inventiveness of Hank McCoy at its helm the project is poised to be a game changer for the seemingly endless conflict. Once more the Blue is constrained by resource limitations and the Blue faction is only able to conduct one successful run of the experiment. This will require a stealth mission into the Iron to acquire the necessary materials to carry out the project again.  What I found significant about this project is that it mirrors the Spin-tech measures used by the Pro-registration faction in the original Civil War event. This is yet another point emphasizing how similar each faction appears to be beyond the surface. Additionally Hank McCoy engineering depowering tech presents a striking parallel to the Utopia (Dark Reign) event where the Dark Beast (Hank’s Alterate reality doppelganger) creates the omega machine to painfully remove mutant abilities at the behest of Norman Osborn. That both events occur on the same timeline trajectory (albeit different universes) is no coincidence I think. That makes me appreciate this story so much more.

The visuals continue to carry the story in their own way. Seeing the capital cities of the Blue and the Iron was not only breathtaking, they  really accentuate the politics of place. Stark’s Resilient Alpha (a city we’ve seen a variant of before) is a sprawling technological utopia. This gilded empire matches the bureaucratic and ambitious nature of Stark’s politics and perhaps his approach to the super-human question….big, imposing, and intricate.  The capital of the Blue “Liberation” is a mountain side refuge, complete with a sweet Cap Shield Motif. A majestic unassuming refuge…remote and protected.  Seeing the nerve centre of both factions really anchors each ideology and gives them a sense of importance and place on par with the Inhumans’ Attilan or Namor’s Atlantis. I’m seriously dying to see Blue and Iron variants of Hellicarriers next.

Story: Charles Soule Art: Leinil Francis Yu
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall 10 Recommendation: Buy!

Captain America: Civil War may have just split its teams

Marvel’s comics about Civil War basically boils down to this: Whose side are you on? Captain America’s or Iron Man’s?

The 13th instalment of the MCU picks up where Avengers: Age of Ultron left off–with Steve leading the recently assembled New Avengers team in order to keep the humanity safe. However, after another international incident, involving the Avengers, results in collateral damage, there is political pressure, caused by the turned public sentiment against superheroes, to enforce a new system in which the governing body should decide when and how to enlist the team’s services. This fractures the Avengers as they need to try and protect the world from the newest and most menacing villain. Cap isn’t in favor of this as the government could do more harm than good as it has the power to determine who is a hero and who is a villain.

Rumoured to join Captain America are Scarlet Witch, The Winter Soldier, Falcon, Ant-Man and Hawkeye.

On the other side of the coin are Tony Spark, a.k.a. Iron Man, and Black Widow, The Vision, Spider-Man, and War Machine.

In addition, El Mayimbe teased the fans with the following:

“Can you guess which Avenger might be a double agent?”

Can you guess who the supposed double agent is? On which side are you on? Make sure to let me know in the comments.

Captain America: Civil War comes out on May 6, 2016

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