We started off with a seemingly well thought out, intriguing story, with the first issue of Civil War II dropping not long after Captain America 3: Civil War premiered. Coincidence? Obviously not. But I don’t knock the hustle. The book opened up with our heroes fighting some giant, Celestial being, without much explanation as to the whom, why or how until a celebration party afterwards that reveals the existence of recently Terrigen misted Ulysses. Ulysses has the ability to see the future, or at least so it seems. This is how the heroes are able to find the Celestial and prevent catastrophe.
Carol Danvers, also known as Captain Marvel, sees this as an opportunity while Tony Stark, also known as Iron Man, sees this as playing a very dangerous game with the future. Of course, given that the story is named Civil War II, (second to 2006’s event, 10 years earlier, called Civil War) it’s obvious that this is going to cause tension among the ranks of heroes. Things grew interesting quick. Using Ulysses’ powers, the heroes were able to confront and defeat the Mad Titan, Thanos, but not without suffering the death of War Machine (James Rhodes) and the near death of She-Hulk (Jennifer Walters) (which is using Black deaths as a means to further white narratives, but I won’t go into that right now).
Being that Rhodey and Tony were best friends, Tony then, in rash action, kidnaps Ulysses. At this point the I’m invested. We’ve got death and repercussions, emotional deaths, and some major trespassing happening, that can easily be grounds for war. We aren’t sure who to agree with. We aren’t sure what side to choose. Readers, like myself, can very clearly see the advantages and disadvantages of both viewpoints. Carol Danvers on one hand, very much takes the Minority Report approach, and believes that dealing with problems before they occur is the best option while Tony believes that playing “god” with the future passes a moral line that none of them should be willing to cross.
Then Ulysses shows them a vision of the Hulk killing all of the Avengers. Long story short/TL; DR, they confront Bruce Banner, who is killed by a distant Hawkeye (Clint Barton), before he is able to transform into the Hulk. Having not been given the okay, Clint Barton is put on trial. Again, there is some major controversy happening right now, but the book is still interesting! I’m still intrigued! Issue #3 was written excellently, and despite a very major character being killed off, I’m still very much enjoying what’s happening and looking forward to the next issue.
When #4 hit, I read it very quickly, placed on the table in front of me, and wrinkled my nose at that acrid aftertaste you get after drinking something “iffy”. The issue revealed that Ulysses’ visions aren’t real but rather algorithms that create a vision of a probable future, as opposed to a sure one. After learning this, Carol still arrests and holds in custody a woman who was thought to be Hydra, with no proof. This is where I start to question the progression of the story. This bothers me; because this is particular action is very out of character for Carol. She knows she is wrong, and unlawfully holding a civilian, which is making her out to be stubborn, or just plain foolish. Tony and the heroes on his team confront her, and they clash.
Issue #5 is fight, fight, fight, fight, fight, fight and oh, another vision! This one shows Spider-Man (Miles Morales), possibly the most morally sound of all the heroes here, killing Captain America. Without a question, Carol immediately states that he is being put under arrest, ending the issue. Now I’m aggravated. Just like in the first Civil War with Tony as the clear and obvious “villain”, the writing is making Carol out to be the clear and obvious antagonist to the point of writing her out of character. She is judging people that she knows and cares about, based on a system that has already been proven not to be accurate. The writing is now moving far from making any sense.
They already showed the Hulk killing people, why is it that they must also show Spider-Man doing the same thing? It is almost as if the writing is attempting to prove how wrong Carol is at this point, and the end result is far less intriguing. It also feels like lazy writing. I will likely finish the event so that I can learn what happens and hold out hope that, Carol, a very favorite character of mine, can be redeemed somehow, but currently it looks as if they are going to continue with this cycle until the event plays out. I just find myself wanting them to get it over with. Do something that wow’s me in #6 Marvel, because right now? I’m kind of disappointed.