(This review may contain spoilers).
So, since I’ve read so many comics so far that mention/reference the Superhero Registration Act, I was really eager to read this set of comics.
It was good to see what started the whole civil war… though I found it really hard to come down on one side or the other in the civil war. I thought that both sides had valid points… and it was just sad to see how much of a wedge was driven between superheroes who were supposed to be on the same side.
I liked being able to see the different superheroes and how they were split down the middle. I didn’t much like the scene at the beginning, even though it did do a good job of showing how out of control things seemed to have become.
I felt that one of the worst parts of this comic book was seeing Tony and Steve on opposing sides, especially given both clearly felt so strongly about the sides they were on. It was interesting to see the use of the clones… but also terrible to see how far it was taken. And I definitely didn’t agree with the decision to bring villains in to fight the superheroes… somehow, I felt that compromising on that issue was the first step down a very dark road.
I was a bit confused with Namor’s appearance right at the end, but although I don’t really like him very much, it was good to see him make an appearance… and it was interesting to see how Doctor Strange viewed the conflict. It was a bit creepy to see the Watcher, though.
There was quite a bit of good artwork in this set of comics… it definitely seemed much darker and violent. I also liked seeing how torn morally Peter Parker was… something I didn’t really get to see with many of the other characters.
I had some mixed feelings when I saw the Punisher make an appearance. While I could understand Cap’s reaction to what he did, I’m not sure he was entirely wrong about refusing to compromise about working with villains.
I have mixed feelings about the end of the comics, since I don’t think the conflict was resolved satisfactorily. However, I felt that Steve did make the right choice… even if it clearly hasn’t brought an end to the fighting.