Wednesday, June 28, 2006

FIRST READ: The books of 6/28/06

SPOILER WARNING: I’m going to discuss events in this weeks comics, specifically New Avengers #21, Fantastic Four #538, Front Line#2 and Amazing Spider-Man #533. So if you don’t wanna be SPOILED, read those first, then come back.
Sincerely – Spoily McSpoiler III

I have to admit, I'm really surprised at how much I'm digging Marvel's CIVIL WAR series, as well as the crossover issues. My early reaction to hearing of it was that it was a knee-jerk reaction to DC's Infinite Crisis and it would probably be slapped-together and unconvincing. I thought it would also undermine the impact of HOUSE of M, and I think it has...but y'know, those muties have been hogging the spotlight long enough, so to hell wid'em.

Anyway, New Avengers #21: Captain America and The Falcon kick ALL THE ASS IN THE WORLD, and then some. Captain America on the run is much more interesting to me than establishment Cap. I don’t find the Civil War scenario at all implausible - if superheroes did exist in our world, I’m sure they’d be as much of a “hot button” issue as anything else. It’s all grist for the mill. I think we’d find time for arguments about mutant rights or superhuman registration in-between fights about Iraq and gay marriage.

I also don’t have a hard time believing that Cap would take the anti-registration side. New Avengers #21 clarifies Cap’s stance: that before registration, the Marvels were beholden to no one; they could act in the best interests of humanity and not to promote any particular agenda. Under government oversight, they’d be off blowing up Iraq while GALACTUS is back in New York firing up the cosmic grill.

Meanwhile, over in Fantastic Four #538, the Fantastic Four are imploding as Reed and Sue are at odds, Ben’s on the fence, and Johnny’s in a coma (I know, I know, it’s really serious).

Front Line#2 and Amazing Spider-Man #533 continue their looks at the Spidey unmasking. Pete, you need to get the hell out now, son, or didn’t you notice half of your “allies’ were once THE MASTERS OF FREAKIN’ EVIL?!? Yeah, this isn’t going anywhere good for mister Parker.

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