Imagine you’re hanging out in your very nice and expensive apartment in Manhattan—watching Law and Order or something—when suddenly two hunky men smash through your windows and destroy everything you own. Now imagine it’s not your big screen that’s destroyed but your infant son.
Marvel’s Civil War is about the people and the United States government saying, “Hey! It’s really not cool that you guys get to smash everything up and endanger our kids because you gotta throw a bad guy through my bedroom window.” After a particularly tragic event in which many children are killed, S.H.I.E.L.D. works alongside Tony Stark, Mr. Fantastic, and Henry Pym to organize and unmask all superheroes. This registration program is supposed to protect those without powers and help train and regulate current super-humans so that they can save the world with limited fatalities. Of course, not every masked hero wants to out their secret identity.
The holdouts worry for their families’ safety and what the real reason is for this registration. Like the X-Men who have battled for decades for their rights and privacy, all super-humans must do the same now. Surprisingly, at least to me, Captain America takes up the side of the rogue superheroes who wish to remain lawless and anonymous, rejecting and escaping S.H.I.E.L.D. agents.
All your favorite characters are here and then some. Civil War is well-illustrated and well-written with tons of tie-ins to other stories. You’ll definitely want to read this in the next year because Marvel is gearing up for several new movie releases—and Civil War will be one of them.