Ok so technically, this isn’t a retro-review, but I do intend to bring back my blog feature in which I reflect on seminal works on the comics industry. Is it too soon to look back at Mark Millar’s “Civil War?” I don’t thinks so. It’s hard to believe that it’s been 2 years since I was blogging about it, but while i was checking my archives on my old blog Back to Sunnydale I realized how far reaching and important this series was and it’s fun to look back.
First off, it’s worth noting that the comic featured some of Steve McNiven’s finest artwork of his Marvel career. Though big panel shots with multiple characters are hard to render and not everyone has the artistics chops of a George Perez to pull it off, McNiven did a fine job throughout this series conveying a lot of the conflict and rendering some fine action sequences. It’s also interesting to note that some of the far reaching events on the mainstream Marvel universe came about as a result of CW and some that I thought would come about turned out to be either temporary or not as far reaching as once anticipated. For example, Tony Stark as director of S.H.I.E.L.D. was fun while it lasted but it had the detrimental effect of portraying Tony as an authoritarian and as a total a-hole. I don’t think there was anyone I spoke to in 2007 that didn’t think this was a gross mischaracterization which could have proved costly had the Iron Man movie not been the huge success that it was. Another consequence was the formation of multiple Avengers teams. This mess is still something that Bendis has not fixed and now we have yet another Avengers team running around with the Dark Avengers. Most people were stunned to see that Captain America died shortly after this series, but most expected Steve Rogers to be resurrected.No way Jose, writer Ed Brubaker has proven that a character can be just as interesting in the grave if a fine story is crafted around the circumstances leading up to and following his death. Brubaker’s run on Captain America has been nothing short of brilliant and we have CW to inderectly thank for this.
One of the most satisfying results was the 50 state initiative and that led to the best Avengers title, for my money the Initiative has been more than worth it since the conclusion of CW. Lastly, Spidey’s return to his black threads, really did anyone think it would last? Not as long as Venom was still around. Still, CW was a great mini series and its repercussions are still being felt two years later, only time will tell if it can stand the test of time along with other great series like Crisis on Infiinite Earths and others of its ilk.