Civil War #5 Review


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Queen Veranke of the Skrull Empire and a small band of Skrull were pulling the strings the entire time. Taking the shape of known heroes and choosing sides to stoke the flames of war to continue the artificial hatred that was supposed to be obsolete with Project 42. Explosions, super human battles, deaths and two leaders desperately trying to win. The flames of war only needed to fed every so often for the Civil War to expand. Civil War issue 5 does a beautiful job of explaining everything that has happened. Leaving the last page of the issue to be a sigh of relief. General Roger’s bellcurve bomb was prepped and ready to detonate which would render those with any sort of superhuman ability to lose it. Permanently. That is until President Stark broke She-Hulk, Jennifer Walters, from her cell and began to fight against the now known threat. Being the two hard headed heroes that everyone knows and adores, it takes drastic measure to get either of them to stop and listen to what is truly going on behind the scenes.

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I have a few points in mind that I felt weren’t as strong or could have been made more clear. One of which regarding why Logan, the wolverine, is now a gamma radiated hulk that just so happened to show up or be properly introduced towards the very end. Another was, where did all those Skrull come from in the last couple of pages? Did they figure out their cover was blown so they just jumped right in? Then why did heroes stop them when they shaped shifted back into Skrull?

Panel by panel the issue developed into something I could not stop reading until I found out what happened next. Charles Soule and Leinil Francis Yu do an absolute phenomenal job together bringing the anxiety, the struggle, the passion and the bewilderment to life. Gerry Alanguilan and Sunny Gho do a bang up job as each panel holds an explosive amount of vivid colors that welcome readers to stop and admire the color scheme and precise lines separating known heroes in this all out brawl of super sized proportions. What struck me the most was the fight scene that occurred between General Rogers and President Stark, how it escalated and showed no signs of holding back from either side. I choose not to spoil how the series ends, however I will say that I think it was a fantastic way to end a series. To be honest I felt like it was a very smooth and slow ending that wrapped the entire series together exponentially well.

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Check it out at your local comic book stores and read it for yourself. Tweet me @gntlmnbowtie or comment below and let me know what you thought about the final issue and the series as a whole.

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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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