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Preview: Civil War II #6

Civil War II #6

(W) Brian Michael Bendis (A) David Marquez (CA) Marko Djurdjevic
Rated T+
SRP: $4.99

Sides have been drawn, battles have been fought, but it all comes down to this. Captain Marvel versus Iron Man over the future of the Marvel Universe, one of the biggest battles in Marvel history!


Civil War II #7 Comes to Shelves One Week Early!

Even Ulysses couldn’t have predicted this! The penultimate issue of Civil War II will now reach comic shops and digital devices on November 23rd! Retailers, please take note of the new FOC. Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez’s epic story is rocketing toward conclusion, and now you can get your hands on it even earlier than expected! Don’t miss Civil War II #7 – on sale 11/23! Plus, don’t miss Civil War II #6, on-sale next week!

Marvel NOW! and Civil War II #3 Get Midnight Release

In May, Marvel announced the return of Marvel NOW!, but this time as a free “previews magazine” that launches in comic shops July 13th. It’s the first look at the fallout of Civil War II and the landscape to come when the summer event wraps up.

Fans will be able to get their first look at 12:00 AM your local time on July 13th! To celebrate the dual release of the Marvel NOW! Previews Magazine and Civil War II #3 – Marvel is pleased to announce a midnight release for these two books! Participating retailers may open Tuesday night and may also sell all other 7/13 Marvel titles at the midnight release.

Who will fall? That’s the question on everyone’s lips, as one of the biggest heroes in the Marvel Universe meets their end. Who is it and how will divide fans for years to come. It all happens in Civil War II #3 – and you can be one of the first to find out! How can the heroes of the Marvel Universe survive after the unthinkable happens? As the war escalates to new heights, the table is set for Marvel NOW!

Plus – fans in attendance will have a chance to get their hands on the Civil War II #3 Midnight Variant. Debuting at the midnight release and polybagged to conceal the identity of the fallen hero, this variant cover features artwork by none other than Marvel CCO Joe Quesada!

Then, after the shocking events of Civil War II #3, its new ongoing series, new status quos and new characters! Packed cover-to-cover with huge reveals, new titles, creator interviews and more – pick up the free Marvel NOW! Previews Magazine! Exclusive to comic shops, this is your very first look at the hottest upcoming titles of the fall! Following the cataclysmic fallout of Civil War II, get a snapshot of into the Marvel Universe of tomorrow!

Review: Civil War II #1

Civil_War_II_1_CoverThis is it! War comes to the Marvel Universe as lines are drawn and sides are formed.

Ulysses – a young Inhuman with the power to profile the future has emerged. His new abilities send shockwaves through the superhuman community. Divided amongst themselves, will they use Ulysses to prevent danger before it happens? Or should they allow the future to unfold unaltered? As his new powers send shockwaves rippling across the Marvel Universe – battle lines will be drawn. Do you stand with Iron Man? Or will you side with Captain Marvel?

Will the heroes of the Marvel Universe wield the power of “predictive justice” to change the future or battle to protect tomorrow?

Civil War II #1 kicks off with an interesting premise and a muddled execution. There’s a lots that’s good, lets start with that. The first issue does an excellent job of setting up the situation and catching readers up as to where things stand. It can be helpful to read the Free Comic Book Day Civil War II #0 to get more details, but this issue has everything you need, especially setting up the characters and their varied personalities.

While the story uses this idea of predictive justice as one of its driving factors, writer Brian Michael Bendis really focuses on those personalities. The story might take inspiration from Philip K. Dick’s Minority Report, but it’s the fallout from the predictive justice that’s at issue here. In other words, this first issue puts aside the actual debate topic and focuses on emotion. We saw that in the first Civil War and Captain America: Civil War. You don’t want to dive too deep.

Civil_War_II_1_Preview_3We get a sense of what could have been with some excellent pages where the actual debate begins as to whether wielding this knowledge/power is right and what it could lead to. To me, that was interesting and what’s said had me going around figuring out if these would be characters’ stances and the impact of it all.

It’s not so much the use of visions of the future to stop bad guys (seriously, hasn’t the Avengers and X-Men done that before?) that seems to be driving this event series though. It’s the death of two individuals that’s really the divide. And there muddies what could have been an interesting debate and topic. Now I wonder if characters are acting out of logic or emotion and it diminishes their stances a bit. The comic would have been stronger without those deaths or to have handled them in a different way. Are the sides split because predictive justice is wrong? Or are sides split because people died due to it? We won’t know.

The art by David Marquez is great and his art is some of the best things about the comic. Each character is solid and distinct with their signature looks. There’s some fantastic details put in each panel, especially with Spider-Man, and the shear amount of characters he puts in is impressive. You’ll have fun going through the comic and calling out all of the characters present.

Like most of Marvel’s event comics, the first issue definitely hooks you and has me interested to see what comes next. Hopefully it’ll focus more on the actual political debate within and not water it down with actions based on emotions.

Story: Brian Michael Bendis Art: David Marquez
Story: 7 Art: 8.4 Overall: Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Around the Tubes

Civil_War_II_0_CoverThe weekend is almost here! Who’s going to see Captain America: Civil War in its third week? What other geeky things are you all doing? Sound off in the comments!

While you decide on what you’re doing, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Around the Tubes

10 Rules for Drawing Comics – Benjamin Marra’s 10 Rules – Solid rules to follow.

Kotaku – Doom‘s Got A Reference To A Comic Book Meme From 1996 – Well ok then.

The Guardian – Why the Punisher’s Netflix series will need more than big guns  – Yes. It. Will.

Japan Today Insight – What is the Origin of Comic Books in Japan? – No idea if this is right, but interesting info.

Montgomery News – Comics In The Classroom: How one Wissahickon teacher uses comic books to connect with his students – Awesome to see this!


Around the Tubes Reviews

Comic Attack – Black Panther #2

The Beat – Civil War II #0

CBR – Civil War II #0

Newsarama – Best Shots Rapid-Fire Reviews: Spider-Man #4, Future Quest #1, Archangel #1, More

Review: Civil War II #0

Civil_War_II_0_CoverAfter months of build up, the “first” (I put that in quotes because of the Free Comic Book Day story) chapter of Marvel‘s big event for 2016 Civil War II. The table is set for the storyline that will send the Marvel comic universe in its next direction.

Written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Olivier Coipel, the first issue sets the stage for this event that focuses on judging and capturing criminals before the crime is committed. That’s mostly focused on an interesting set-up involving She-Hulk and the Jester who she’s defending from talking about committing a crime. Should he go to jail for talking? Should he go to jail over the possibility he commits a crime in the future?

The concept is very Minority Report to me, and from what we’ve seen between this and the Free Comic Book Day issue, the event riffs directly from that 1956 sci-fi story by Philip K. Dick. That’s not necessarily a bad thing and an interesting concept to explore.

While I enjoyed She-Hulk‘s focus and how her point of view is introduced, to me it seems at odds with her stance during the first Civil War, where she sided with the government and Iron Man to restrict freedom in the superhero community. While I hope this is addressed, the disconnect felt weird (then again I recently reread the first event, so it was fresh in my mind). If anything, her stance here as a defense attorney is much more in line with what I’d expect in her viewpoint.

Civil_War_II_0_Preview_1The second focus of the comic is on Captain Marvel who has a chat with the resident superhero psychologist Doc Samson. It’s all character development where we as readers are told where her mind set is and what issues she’s facing in her role, and the big issue is her role itself. With her involvement with Alpha Flight, the Ultimates, and A-Force, Captain Marvel is stretched a bit thin and leaves little time for a personal life. She’s lost in her title. And her personal life also comes up in a way with a scene involving James Rhodes aka War Machine, and an interesting offer presented to him.

Finally, it wouldn’t be complete without the inclusion of the Inhumans where we’re introduced to two new ones. Has one resulted in another Stamford incident or is this the future we’re seeing? This is the mystery the issue ends on and all of these plots have me interested, and somewhat excited, to see what happens next. That’s the job of this issue and it succeeds.

The art by Coipel is as beautiful as I’d expect with such detail in the surroundings and looks for the characters that I dig. There’s detail there that often gets lost by others. An example would be the size difference between She-Hulk and a character like Maria Hill. Here I can feel She-Hulk’s size difference as she towers over Hill. The issue is relatively action free, but Coipel’s style still brings a sense of excitement to it all.

When getting to the end, there’s a lot here that has me looking forward to the next issue and where this series goes. There’s a lot of potential here, but to me the biggest task will be if it can be more than Minority Report with Marvel characters (that story actually had mutants ironically). The second biggest task is whether the series focuses more on the central debate between characters, which is something its predecessor failed at. The third is keeping up the quality and avoiding delays, something Marvel’s big events have had issues with for quite some time.

But, this review is about this one issue, and it succeeds in everything it sets out to do, and does so while asking a very intriguing philosophical question.

Story: Brian Michael Bendis Art: Olivier Coipel
Story: 8.25 Art: 8.8 Overall: 8.45 Recommendation: Buy

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Civil_War_II_0_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.


Top Pick: Wrath Of the Eternal Warrior #7 (Valiant) – Has become one of my favourite monthly series from any publisher. While I doubt this issue will be as phenomenal as the last two, I have high hopes that it’ll still be one of the best comics released this week.

Haunted Mansion #3 (Marvel) – I enjoyed the first issue, but the reason I’m looking forward to this is because my wife, who typically doesn’t read comics, has found herself a big fan of the series. Anything I can get to encourage her to read more comics is always a good thing, and when she reminded me that this was out on Wednesday? I’ll be bringing it back from the shop for her no questions asked.

Judge Dredd #5 (IDW Publishing) – What’s happened to Mega City One? Why is Dredd in the far future? I have no idea, but I’m loving this series so I’m more than happy to stay along for the ride.

Old Man Logan #6 (Marvel) – After last issues reveal of Lady Deathstrike and her gang of merry misfits getting ready to hunt down Old Man Logan, I’m looking forward to something we haven’t seen in years: a Wolverine without a stupidly powerful healing factor taking on a bunch of savages.

Red Thorn #7 (Vertigo) – The final chapter in the first arc – I think – has me looking forward to what the creative team has in store for us. This isn’t typically the type of comic I’d read, and perhaps because of that I’ve found myself loving every page.



Top Pick: Civil War II #0 (Marvel) – LETS GET READY TO RUUUUMMMMBBLLLEEE!!  The heroes of the Marvel Universe are pitted once again against each other, divided by opinions that could have far reaching consequences.  The original Civil War story line was a great read that I thoroughly enjoyed.  Didn’t they learn from the last time?  I am very excited to see the start of this new story and I will be ringside with my popcorn!

Old Man Logan #6 (Marvel) – Deathstrike and the Reavers are back!  And they are out for Logan, and he doesn’t have a clue.  It’s really cool to see the Reavers again, a great throwback to the 90’s era of X-Men.  This book hasn’t disappointed, so I’m sure this will be a good issue.

Uncanny Avengers #9 (Marvel) – Admittedly, this has not been one of my favored titles.  But I like the idea of Ultron showing up with Hank Pym supposedly controlling him (or pulling the strings…see what I did there?)  Anyway, the idea is interesting so I’ll check it out.



Top Pick: Superman: American Alien #7 (DC Comics) – Max Landis’ miniseries that has explored Superman wraps up with this issue. Each one has been interesting so far and has focused on one aspect of Superman with the issues building upon each other. I’m interesting in seeing how this wraps up and where it goes.

Apocrypha Now (IDW Publishing/Top Shelf) – The follow up to God is Disappointed In You takes on the Midrash, the Apocrypha, Gnostic Gospels, and more! The first book was amazing and had me laughing out loud. I expect this to do the same.

Chum #1 (ComixTribe) – It’s a surf noir where everyone seems corrupt. I love these types of crime stories and this first issue has me interested in seeing where it goes.

Civil War II #0 (Marvel) – Marvel’s big event starts here (other than the Free Comic Book Day release). Should be interesting.

Future Quest #1 (DC Comics) –  DC has been leading up to the relaunch of their line of Hanna-Barbera comics and it starts here. This brings together a bunch of properties that feels like “Crisis with Infinite Hanna-Barbera Cartoons.” The first issue is definitely intriguing.


The Battle Begins – Your First Look at Civil War II #0!

The opening salvos of the war that will fracture the Marvel Universe will be fired here! Marvel has released a first look inside Civil War II #0 coming to comic shops and digital devices this May! From the blockbuster creative team that brought you House of M and Siege Brian Michael Bendis and Olivier Coipel bring you the blistering first chapter of the comic event of the year. His name is Ulysses – a new Inhuman with the ability to profile the future. His emergence sends shockwaves through the Marvel Universe. Will they use his power to alter the future and control their destinies? Or will they reject it – and allow tomorrow to unfold without interference. Be there as the table is set for the comic book fans will be talking about for years to come!

Plus – head to your local comic shop on Free Comic Book Day for an exciting prologue to Civil War II by Brian Michael Bendis & Jim Cheung. Then, pick up CIVIL WAR II #1 by Brian Michael Bendis, David Marquez and Justin Ponsor – on sale June 1st!

CIVIL WAR II #0 (MAR160746)
Variant Covers by ESAD RIBIC (MAR160747) and GREG LAND (MAR168490)
Connecting Variant A by KIM JUNG GI (MAR160748)
Character Variant by PHIL NOTO (MAR160749)
FOC – 04/25/16, On-Sale – 05/18/16


Another Piece of the Puzzle Teased by Marvel, With More Details

Marvel has been teasing it all week, but we now know the question isn’t “what” is Mosaic, the question is “who” is Mosaic? Looks like we’ll be getting answers in The Uncanny Inhumans #11.

The comic will be out June 29, written by Charles Soule with art by Carlos Pacheco. Marvel has teased it:

CIVIL WAR II TIE-IN! After what Iron Man did in CIVIL WAR II #2, Medusa must act. Inhumans vs. Stark Industries – ‘Nuff said!


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