Comic Book Update: Civil War #3 (2015)

What if the Civil War between Steve Rogers and Tony Stark never ended? What if the continuation of the war caused the country to split into two sides? Within Marvel’s Secret Wars series going on right now, there is a domain where the Civil War never ended. Rightfully named the Warzone, the domain has been split into two opposing sides, the Iron where Tony Stark is President and every superhuman is registered and trained to use their powers, and the Blue lead by General Steve Rogers with only two laws; to hurt no one and help when you can.

Taking place six years after the supposed final battle of the Civil War, Tony Stark and Steve Rogers are set to meet at the Divide, a small settlement between the two nations, to partake in peace talks. Unfortunately all that goes array when Miriam Sharpe, the facilitator or the peace talk and resident of the Divide, is shot and killed during the talk. The shooter is later identified as Bulleye the sniper that never misses his shot. Until now. The shot was intended for Steve Rogers but had hit the wrong target when Miriam had stood up. This event instigates both sides to act, the Iron acting to gather information on what really happened and the Blue setting out to gather materials to rid any superhuman of their powers.

That is where we catch up with in this issue. With the death of a member of his team already, Peter Parker and his covert team, Black Panther and Venom, realize their stealth mission just got a lot louder and time was rapidly running out. I think Soule does a great job starting this issue off with them being caught and ambushed by sentinel type robots because to me as reader it set the urgency of the mission. The whole mission could be scrapped if the team was discovered and I found it very similar to a video in the sense that to now complete their mission, they have to complete a different objective. As if landing in the Iron, fighting off sentinels other guard robots wasn’t enough.

Jennifer Walters, a.k.a. She-Hulk acted alone in her mission to confirm Miriam Sharpe’s killer. Infiltrating Steeltown, a city in the west part of the Blue, had to come with obstacles or it would be too easy. Before enter Steeltown, Jennifer was scanned by Professor X himself, Charles Xavier, which begs the question, how did she manage to fool such a high ranked psychic or did he know and has an ulterior motive? Of course if sweating bullets against such a powerful telepath doesn’t make you feel what she’s going through then running into an old associate who is now a man of the law should. For that I have to tip my hat to Soule for this inclusion because it gives the feeling of anxiety of being found out, however I wasn’t entirely sold for how her old associate was able to recognize her after all this time.

I enjoy the series so far and I love the concept of what if this never ended and seeing how far both sides would go to either figure out the truth or fix the problem. I was thrown for a loop by that last page of the issue to who shows up and it has captured my attention to wait for the next issue. What did you think of the issue? Let me know what you think in the comments below.

by Conor Watkins @gntlmnbowtie

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Conor has been around comics for a few years now, researching and reading all sorts of series, characters, authors and illustrators. He is working on developing his illustrating technique during his free time. He is slightly biased toward the Marvel comics persuasion but is open to reader suggestions of all kinds.
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