Why Civil War (#7) is a bad comic…Posted: February 21, 2007
This is the oddest comic book I have read in a long while. I’ve read it through three times and I still don’t understand how this how scatter-fuck of a story was supposed to make the Marvel Universe a more interesting, more dangerous place, better place.
What exactly happened in this issue? Clor proved just how useless and pointless he was (but allowed for some brain-splattering hella-cool violence!, Reed Richards gets deflated, America’s Heroes (TM) show Captain America that wanton destruction is bad, and Tony Stark (henceforth to be called Augustus) becomes emperor of the Marvel Universe. Oh yes and Spider-Man becomes a radical-superheroist terrorist (remember, friends, one man’s freedom fighter is another’s terrorist).
My favourite part of this book is Reed and Sue. And how despite the horrible, horrible shit Reed and his cohorts do all he has to say is “sorry” and she comes running back. Clearly, Mark Millar knows how to write strong women.
How does all of this make the Marvel universe a more fractured and more dangerous (and thus in the eyes of Joe Quesada) a better place to read about?
To me the Marvel universe is a less interesting, safer place to live. Look: Augustus Stark has turned the world (or at least MU’s America) into some sort of some sort of pseudo-police state with extra-galactic prisons. And the public just eats it up. The super-hero community is now more or less on the same page (except for the Spectacular Spider-Terrorist and Amazing Friends). There are super-groups for every state (even Alaska!). How the fuck your supposed to be a super-criminal in this environment is beyond on me. And without super-criminals to beat on what’s the point of superhero comics exactly?
What really, deep down, perplexes me about this whole Civil War mess is, what exactly is the BIG POLITICAL STATEMENT that Millar was trying to tell us? What does all that hype about this book really being about ISSUES and CIVIL LIBERTIES versus SECURITY actually add up to?
Well, after reading this issue, it’s pretty obvious that Millar is telling us that if champions of civil liberties would just look around and realize how much destruction their fight against ‘authoritianism’ is causing, they would realize how wrong their is and surrender. And then everything would be great and the world safe and secure. For the children.
Golly, Mark, I knew your politics were kind of fucked up (see: Wanted, among other sources) but this is just out there.