With the movie based off the last Civil War event heading toward $1 billion worldwide gross, it makes sense that Marvel would try to capitalize on that success with a sequel. While the first Civil War pitted the original Captain America, Steve Rogers against Iron Man, the conflict in Civil War II is between factions led by Iron Man and Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers.
When the Inhumans discover a young man named Ulysses that has the ability to see the future through horrifying visions, they take him under their tutelage to help him reign in his abilities. Captain Marvel’s plan is to use Ulysses’ abilities to see future crimes and apprehend criminals before they have the opportunity to commit them.
Tony Stark is dead set against the idea from the start. He believes that it is in itself criminal to punish wrongdoers before they have actually committed crimes, and that the inadvertent repercussions of changing the future will do great harm.
When Captain Marvel recruits a few members of Tony Stark’s team to go on one of these “Change The Future” missions, tragedy strikes. While the catalyst in the original Civil War was a massive event that left hundreds of victims, this time around, it’s one casualty that strikes a very personal blow to Tony Stark.
Brian Michael Bendis does a commendable job setting up the story, introducing events and characters in such a way that will keep longtime Marvel readers happy, but will also not leave casual or new readers behind. David Marquez delivers both dynamic action sequences in two page spreads and tender emotional moments in tight panels.
Beside the obvious fact that many of the characters are the same as in the original Civil War, the only similarity between the stories is that there is no correct answer. The conflict is a matter of perspective. So, whose side are you on this time? Protect The Future with Team Iron Man or Change The Future with Team Captain Marvel.
Civil War II #1, published June 1, 2016, writer: Brian Michael Bendis, artist: David Marquez, color: Justin Ponsor, letters: Clayton Cowles, $5.39
Review by Brendan Allen