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  • The_LightbringerThe_Lightbringer Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    It was Tony Stark warping reality with his Reality Infinity Gem the whole time.

    IT MAKES PERFECT SENSE NOW!

    And those heroes who were with Thor and Marvel, they were some new west coast super hero team based on the Greek Gods.

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  • SatanIsMyMotorSatanIsMyMotor Fuck Warren Ellis Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    Ok, so I've been reserving my judgment on this whole thing until it was over. Now that it's over I will say this: "Fuck you Civil War".

    I'm really not impressed with what has happened here in the least. The series may have been a commercial success but it is definitely NOT something the writers and editors should be proud of.

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  • Sars_BoySars_Boy Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    Mai-Kero wrote: »
    It was Tony Stark warping reality with his Reality Infinity Gem the whole time.

    Myriam Sharpe or whatever her name is
    Is Loki.
    That would've made for a much better ending.

    This was just sort of dumb. It seemed like a waste of time.

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  • Romero ZombieRomero Zombie Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    Sars_Boy wrote: »
    Mai-Kero wrote: »
    It was Tony Stark warping reality with his Reality Infinity Gem the whole time.

    Myriam Sharpe or whatever her name is
    Is Loki.
    That would've made for a much better ending.

    This was just sort of dumb. It seemed like a waste of time.


    Yeah - I felt pretty under whelmed about the whole ending. I wasn't expecting anything fantastic, but this feels like it could have easily been resolved in four issues at the most using the ending that they gave us. There were a few of us at our LCS reading it at the store before picking it up and there was a commensurate "wtf….that's it?" after it was over.

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  • mattharvestmattharvest Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    I'm one of the few people who really liked Civil War, including the ending.

    I'm bored in class, so I feel like posting an extemporaneous explanation:

    ---In re: Continuity & Characterization
    People have voiced concern that many characters have acted in ways that they wouldn't have done in the past. Examples include Reed (who aggressively fought a previous registration act), Iron Man (the same), Bishop (who comes from an seriously fascist future) and others.

    The difficulty is the standard comics continuity issue: it is impossible to both (a) give full credence to every issue, and (b) act as if the history of each character occurred to one person over the span of one lifetime. Iron Man has decades and decades of stories that happen to him, but in-story his time as Iron Man is maybe a decade and a half.

    Moreover, there have always been this sort of continuity in character break: Spider-Man for example has been extremely successful in the public eye, but he's always feeling inadequate and always unpopular. The universe is somewhat static.

    ---In re: 42 & the Act

    I'm sorry, but the Registration Act makes sense. You cannot try and analogize between real-world civil rights and a world where people are born (or given) such absurdly amazing powers. Iron Man - supposedly not a mutant or mutate - developed armor and technology that in sum exceeded basically the history of mankind. Reed Richards - a mutate - does just as much. The Sentry was a scrawny Cap'n America wanna-be who took a serum and became damned near omnipotent. Mutants like Proteus can reshape reality; Magneto is so much a force of nature that he once merged with the Earth's magnetic field and reconstituted his body...hell, Magneto just tore a stable wormhole open before House of M. Speaking of House of M, Wanda Maximoff re-wrote the entire universe TWICE.

    Moreover, consider the basic legal issue: people are arrested constantly by citizens, with no due process, and usually with collateral damage and excessive force. Look at Watchmen: if non-superpowered vigilantes were running around, causing collateral damage and resulting in constant dismissals (improperly seized evidence, etc.) wouldn't you be pissed?

    Especially given that Iron Man and Reed seem to have realized that the Registration Act would result in Stark taking over SHIELD, it looks like we've now got a huge version of the Avengers instead of some reckless army.

    The only real mistake I see is that bringing the Thunderbolts into the fray seems insane.

    ---The Ending

    Supposedly, Captain America thought he was fighting the good fight. The ending fit this perfectly: he realized that all he'd done was to get all the American people rallied against him. All Captain America and his allies did was prove to everyone that super-heroes think themselves above the law.

    As Dr. King noted, if you believe a law is unjust you cannot fight it if you refuse to subject yourself to that law. This is supposed to be settled in the courts, not in the streets.

    As Steve Rogers put it, they weren't fighting for something: they were just fighting.

    And by the way: Rogers was ready to kill Iron Man. What a hero.

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  • HarrierHarrier Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    All right, I'm ready for HULK SMASH now.

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  • JudasJudas Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    I don't think I speak solely for myself when I say; thank you Marvel for Annihilation and Planet Hulk.

    They were both so enjoyable over the last 8 months or so, that I can almost let this whole anticlimactic and over-hyped Civil War crap slide.

    ...almost.

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  • ServoServo Registered User, ClubPA
    edited February 2007
    And by the way: Rogers was ready to kill Iron Man. What a hero.


    man, fuck that

    cap is a soldier, son

    he knows sometimes you gotta get the job done

    he doesn't like it, and he's good enough at what he does that it pretty much never comes down to that anymore, but you think the living legend of world war II never killed a nazi?

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  • ZeromusZeromus Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    Well, that ending was different than I expected.

    Pretty good, I think.

    Not amazing.

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  • DJ EebsDJ Eebs Moderator mod
    edited February 2007
    I can understand a lot of the reasoning behind why a lot of characters did what they did, but I don't think I've ever been a big fan of Millar's dialogue, which really kind of hurt my enjoyment of this a bit. Especially Reed and Sue's letters, those things were fucking creepy.

    The art was pretty awesome throughout, although it faltered a bit at the end.

    And I think I'm going to start judging events more out of what comes out of them when they're at this scale. There's just going to be so much crap piled in that it's damn near impossible to make something truly amazing out of it, I think.

    House of M kind of revitalized the X-line, even though it didn't do as much for the rest of the universe. Infinite Crisis at least led to a pretty good Superman run and 52.

    I don't know. I'm going to hold off judgement until I get a little more perspective on it, but I'm kind of in the middle of the road on it at the moment. I did like the ending, since I really don't know if there's another way that battle could have finished.
    What would have happened if Cap and co. had won? The public sure wouldn't have been behind them. And there's still SHIELD to deal with. Outside of the new Thunderbolts team, which isn't so much a bad idea as it is a bad group to try out that idea on, I think things could be much worse.

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  • DasUberEdwardDasUberEdward Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    Meh. Onward to WWH.

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  • ServoServo Registered User, ClubPA
    edited February 2007
    Geebs wrote: »
    Outside of the new Thunderbolts team, which isn't so much a bad idea as it is a bad group to try out that idea on, I think things could be much worse.

    i don't think it's a bad team, really. why do you think that geebs


    mostly so far, i like the new director. my favorite part of the two issues so far is the fact that i was able to identify him right away from the retarded hair


    although to be fair his line when bullseye asked him who he was is the best line to come out of civil war, i think

    'everybody knows who i am, bullseye. i'm the director of the thunderbolts. i'm norman osborn'

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  • DJ EebsDJ Eebs Moderator mod
    edited February 2007
    I don't mind the line-up from a creative standpoint, I just think that of all the villains to try to reform, Venom, Bullseye and Norman Osborne aren't exactly the sanest choices.

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  • HarrierHarrier Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    Can Venom even technically be reformed?

    If the symbiote's host becomes Dudley Doo-Right it will just jump to someone else who will be more inclined to cause mayhem with its power.

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  • ServoServo Registered User, ClubPA
    edited February 2007
    well, touche

    i never got the impression that they were supposed to be reformed necessarily though. i just thought that the government (or tony) felt like they'd need rougher customers than usual during and after the war and that he might as well piss off spider-man while he was at it (i guess)

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  • ZeromusZeromus Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    I was a lot more critical of the series until I sat down this weekend and read all of the issues in one sitting. I think it's a lot better that way. It's actually not an amazingly huge story, despite how it's marketed and such, which makes reading one issue every couple of months less than fulfilling. Taking it in all at once, though? Quite an improvement, I'd say.

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  • battledrillbattledrill Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    I don't think a "big event" has ever been successful from a consumer standpoint.

    Secret Wars
    Exectutioners Song
    Stryfe
    Infinity Gauntlet
    Onslaught

    Everyone felt like most people seem to be feeling right now..."Meh". The problem is companies are too scared of what they might lose if they actually killed of a big character in one of these big events to actually make these events really meaningful.

    But in the end Marvel wins. They got our money and everyone is ecstatic for WWH. Could they of pulled it off any better?

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  • CorvusCorvus . VancouverRegistered User regular
    edited February 2007
    I posted this on another board, but doesn't this basically mean the conclusion to this event is
    a "Whoops, my bad dudes" by Cap. Not exactly a lot of dramatic oomph there.

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  • robosagogorobosagogo Registered User
    edited February 2007
    I don't think a "big event" has ever been successful from a consumer standpoint.

    Secret Wars
    Exectutioners Song
    Stryfe
    Infinity Gauntlet
    Onslaught

    Everyone felt like most people seem to be feeling right now..."Meh". The problem is companies are too scared of what they might lose if they actually killed of a big character in one of these big events to actually make these events really meaningful.

    But in the end Marvel wins. They got our money and everyone is ecstatic for WWH. Could they of pulled it off any better?

    It's not like killing characters is the only way for a story to excite readers and make a story meaningful.

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  • ScooterScooter Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    Corvus wrote: »
    I posted this on another board, but doesn't this basically mean the conclusion to this event is
    a "Whoops, my bad dudes" by Cap. Not exactly a lot of dramatic oomph there.
    It's good, though. If Cap had won, and the civs had rallied behind him instead of Iron Man, then we'd all be back where we started and nothing would've happened except killing off a few B and C listers. With Cap losing (and surrendering is a better ending than him being knocked out imo) then serious change has happened.


    I hate me some spoilers

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  • ZeromusZeromus Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    I agree, Scooter. This is pretty much the ending we "needed."

    Also, might want to throw a spoiler tag in there.

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  • robosagogorobosagogo Registered User
    edited February 2007
    I really don't think Millar was forced to choose between two possible endings, neither of which would have been a satisfying conclusion. Even if that was the case, surely that could have been averted by altering the story to allow for a more satisfying resolution.

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  • ScooterScooter Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    I don't think I've seen anyone saying what the ending should have been.

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  • ServoServo Registered User, ClubPA
    edited February 2007
    the ending should have been cap and luke cage punching everyone else in the head and then coming to have a beer with me

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  • robosagogorobosagogo Registered User
    edited February 2007
    Scooter wrote: »
    I don't think I've seen anyone saying what the ending should have been.

    I don't think either side should have won. The way the series and tie-ins were written, neither group was justified in their actions and so it just doesn't seem fair unless they're both forced to confront consequences for their respective crimes. I myself would have preferred it if the in-fighting resulted in a situation that was terrible for everybody and, ultimately, forced them to mend the rift between them to overcome it (but not immediately, of course).

    The way things seem now, with the Pro-Regs hunting the Anti-Regs still, it just seems like Civil War isn't ending even though the mini itself has.

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  • ZeromusZeromus Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    Scooter wrote: »
    I don't think I've seen anyone saying what the ending should have been.

    Millar said in an interview, I think, perhaps, with Newsarama, that readers would be getting the ending they "need," not necessarily the one they "want."

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  • Romero ZombieRomero Zombie Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    I think the real question is what the hell is Ant-Man\Yellojacket doing on Team Texas with those cowboy looking fellas? Forgive me if I didn't recognize a single one of those guys

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  • OolongOolong Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    So, uh, has Hercules always been able to do that thing he did, that I thought only certain Very Special people were able to do? Or is that, like, an artificial version of the certain thing?

    (Posted stupidly because <spoiler> and </spoiler> don't seem to work, and I'm not sure where to look to figure out how to code it.)

    I'm better with the ending than I thought I was going to be. Did anybody die in this issue? All the previews seem to imply somebody important died, but if they did, it was off-panel.

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  • HarrierHarrier Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    Oolong wrote: »
    So, uh, has Hercules always been able to do that thing he did, that I thought only certain Very Special people were able to do? Or is that, like, an artificial version of the certain thing?

    (Posted stupidly because <spoiler> and </spoiler> don't seem to work, and I'm not sure where to look to figure out how to code it.)

    I'm better with the ending than I thought I was going to be. Did anybody die in this issue? All the previews seem to imply somebody important died, but if they did, it was off-panel.
    It wasn't the real Mjolnir. That's why it broke along with Clor's robot head.

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  • Toji SuzuharaToji Suzuhara Southern CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited February 2007
    Did anyone else find that exchange with Maria Hill a little bizarre? I found it strange that he such a jerk when they seemed to be somewhat close in that recent issue of New Avengers.

    Ed: Also, Maria Hill shouldn't be looking at Marvel.com during work.

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  • ZeromusZeromus Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    Harrier wrote: »
    Oolong wrote: »
    So, uh, has Hercules always been able to do that thing he did, that I thought only certain Very Special people were able to do? Or is that, like, an artificial version of the certain thing?

    (Posted stupidly because <spoiler> and </spoiler> don't seem to work, and I'm not sure where to look to figure out how to code it.)

    I'm better with the ending than I thought I was going to be. Did anybody die in this issue? All the previews seem to imply somebody important died, but if they did, it was off-panel.
    It wasn't the real Mjolnir. That's why it broke along with Clor's robot head.

    Are you sure it wasn't real?

    The Road to Civil War leads me to believe otherwise.

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  • Toji SuzuharaToji Suzuhara Southern CaliforniaRegistered User regular
    edited February 2007
    Zeromus wrote: »
    Harrier wrote: »
    Oolong wrote: »
    So, uh, has Hercules always been able to do that thing he did, that I thought only certain Very Special people were able to do? Or is that, like, an artificial version of the certain thing?

    (Posted stupidly because <spoiler> and </spoiler> don't seem to work, and I'm not sure where to look to figure out how to code it.)

    I'm better with the ending than I thought I was going to be. Did anybody die in this issue? All the previews seem to imply somebody important died, but if they did, it was off-panel.
    It wasn't the real Mjolnir. That's why it broke along with Clor's robot head.

    Are you sure it wasn't real?

    The Road to Civil War leads me to believe otherwise.

    Unless the real deal is made out of computery bits, no.

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  • ZeromusZeromus Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    Zeromus wrote: »
    Harrier wrote: »
    Oolong wrote: »
    So, uh, has Hercules always been able to do that thing he did, that I thought only certain Very Special people were able to do? Or is that, like, an artificial version of the certain thing?

    (Posted stupidly because <spoiler> and </spoiler> don't seem to work, and I'm not sure where to look to figure out how to code it.)

    I'm better with the ending than I thought I was going to be. Did anybody die in this issue? All the previews seem to imply somebody important died, but if they did, it was off-panel.
    It wasn't the real Mjolnir. That's why it broke along with Clor's robot head.

    Are you sure it wasn't real?

    The Road to Civil War leads me to believe otherwise.

    Unless the real deal is made out of computery bits, no.
    I was under the impression that it was the head that was turning to computery bits, not the hammer.

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  • DarkWarriorDarkWarrior __BANNED USERS
    edited February 2007
    If it was a real thing, clone or not, he wouldn't be worthy to hold it would he?

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  • ZeromusZeromus Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    If it was a real thing, clone or not, he wouldn't be worthy to hold it would he?

    I guess that's a pretty good point.

    But in the Road to Civil War, the Thing tries to pick it up and he's unable to, and they explain how it cuts through Hell and such and is captured by SHIELD. Right?

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  • DarkWarriorDarkWarrior __BANNED USERS
    edited February 2007
    I just remember seeing someone with Thor's alter egos initials on a back pack picking it up. Why they'd send out Clor to get it with a backpack and all then bring him back I dunno. Unless they couldn't clone Thor but just his normal state and the hammer was necessary to turn him.

    Still, worthy is worthy. Dunno why Thing couldn't lift it but if every good guy could it'd be a bit pointless. I still don't think a clone could ever lift it.

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  • SentrySentry Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    Even a clone with Hitler's brain?

    Anyway, not the most instantly gratifying thing ever... but then, it really did end the only way it could have, I guess. I actually found Iron Man's reaction to Hill pretty good and in character; the entire series he's just been doing what he felt he needed to do regardless of his personal feelings. Now that he's in control, he can make his personal feelings about Assistant Director Hill clear.

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  • CorvusCorvus . VancouverRegistered User regular
    edited February 2007
    Maybe Beta Ray Bill picked it up, wearing one of Donald Blake's old coats or something. We know BRB is back, has a human alter ego, and can lift Mjolnir

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  • SentrySentry Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    On a related note, did anyone else think Punisher: War Journal from this week was one of the best things about this entire Civil War.

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  • ZeromusZeromus Registered User regular
    edited February 2007
    Sentry wrote: »
    On a related note, did anyone else think Punisher: War Journal from this week was one of the best things about this entire Civil War.

    I saw it when I went to the store today. For some reason, I didn't really register that it was a tie-in, probably because it didn't have the Civil War banner smeared across the cover.

    I wish I had picked it up.

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