Comic Review: Civil War II #0

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civil-war-II-cover-96a7eCivil War II #0 (Marvel Comics)

The first shots are fired in Civil War II #0, a comic that, quite frankly, is a bit of a bore. Much of Brian Michael Bendis and Olivier Coipel’s introductory issue serves more as an extended prologue than a rousing event starter, and it seems at times that it’s more interested in rushing to get the parts into motion for Civil War II rather than letting them happen naturally. For starting off a major Marvel summer event, that’s not good

This issue focuses on our three “leads” of Civil War II: Captain Marvel, She-Hulk, and War Machine. Bendis touches in on each of these individuals, showing us what’s going on in each of their lives. Captain Marvel is overworked from splitting her time between the Ultimates, A-Force, and Alpha Flight; James Rhodes has just been offered the position of Secretary of Defense in the White House,; and She-Hulk has just lost a case that has caused her to rethink the views of her friends. All three of these stories will probably end up being important towards the overall plot of Civil War II, but right now, we don’t really have much to go on. Sure, knowing what we know about CW2 and its plot centering on a being that can see the future, we can see why this stuff is in here, but like I said earlier, you can really tell that Bendis is rushing to get events and people into their proper places for Civil War II’s “official” start. Add in the new Inhuman Ulysses, and Civil War II #0 starts to feel extremely bloated and all over the place.

At least the issue looks great. Olivier Coipel is one of Marvel’s best artists, so having him draw Civil War II will at least ensure that fans of his will find something to like. Coipel fills the issue with impressive, poster ready images of Captain Marvel and War Machine, and he even makes something as seemingly boring as Carol Danvers meeting with Doc Samson look amazing.

If we’re counting this issue as the official start of Civil War II, it’s a bit of a dud. Certainly there needed to be some character set up and background info to lead into this event, but there also isn’t too strong of a hook with this series so far. Hopefully the start of Civil War II proper can remedy this.
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