New Avengers: Civil War TP Volume 5
Writer Brian Michael Bendis
What It’s All About It’s brother versus brother, hero versus hero as in a frakking Civil War Yo with Iron Man and Captain America on opposite sides. While the war raged on in the main book, New Avengers took a look at how it impacted certain heroes – Cap, Luke Cage, Spider-Woman, Sentry and lastly Maria Hill and Iron Man.
First Up Bendis and Chaykin teamed up to take us through Cap’s head as he gets caught not once, but several times by S.H.I.E.L.D.’s new “capekillers.” When all is said and done, Cap along with his long-time partner Falcon decide to start “le resistance.”
You Say You Want a Revolution Luke Cage is the focus of the next issue, and he along with his bride Jessica Jones get into a great philosophical debate with Iron Man and Ms. Marvel about what the heck is going on. Cage has a line about people coming for him in the middle of the night to take him from his home. Real powerful stuff that shows why the “Civil War” hit all the right buttons when it was initially released.
Hail Hydra! The third issue is the best of the group in my opinion as Jessica Drew is taken into S.H.I.E.L.D custody after Stark reveals her triple-agent identity. She gets pissed and Stark reveals in a classic Tony moment that he was only tolerating her because Cap believed in her.
The Great Escape Of course Drew does not stay in custody, but it will surprise you who actually springs her. Reading this again all these years after Secret Invasion allows us to enjoy different layers to Jessica’s decisions and actions.
Deja Vu? It’s real funny reading the Sentry’s entry into the Civil War stand alone features as Tony goes to the moon to talk Bob into coming back for the good of the war. Look at the words he uses to manipulate Bob into doing what he wants. Tony seems a lot like Norman Osborn in this moment.
Both Sides of the Story The last issue of the trade features the tale from the “good guys” pov as someone breaks into Avengers Tower and shuts down Tony and his Iron Man armor. It’s up to Maria Hill to save the day, and she does even more than that especially with her poignant “A Few Good Men” reference.
Does It Hold Up? Even more so after the events of the past few years. There was a great bit of foreshadowing in the Sentry issue when the Inhumans’ psychic says they have no idea of what is coming. And really they don’t – World War Hulk, Secret Invasion, Dark Reign.
In The Year 2000 Again in the Sentry issue, Stark pleads with Bob selling the future of the world will be so much brighter and peaceful after they have won. Wow, was he wrong. And listening to Cap speak to Luke Cage with similar selling points of “The Heroic Age,” I wonder what’s in store for the Marvel Universe now.