The main Civil War II event had an interesting premise at the beginning, but it’s proven to be rather uneventful and indecisive thus far – it wasn’t until Issue #5 when battle lines were actually drawn. Does the latest issue improve things?
It’s hard to say. This carries on directly from the last issue, with Miles stood over the body of Captain America: it’s the first act that really gets into the nitty gritty of charging somebody for a crime that they may not do. This story hasn’t really gone the way we were promised early on, and it’s way too late for it to get back on track now and make us happy with the overall result. Writer Brian Michael Bendis is slowly delivering, but it’s just not enough and it’s all happening too late.
There were some character developments such as switching allegiance, and more importantly questioning their own decisions, but still it feels like not much is going on. The dynamic between younger and older heroes is cool, but we’ve spent time with young heroes in Champions so it’s a little less interesting.
The art by David Marquez is cool, and each character continues to stand out, but the details are lost a little bit compared to earlier issues. It’s still good – don’t get us wrong – but we’ve seen better from Marquez.
Overall, we’re slowly getting towards the conflict we were promised, but like other issues, it just feels a tad empty. We’re interested to see where Bendis will go after the cliffhanger at the end, but it’s probably too-little too-late for this event to be redeemed.
Civil War II continues to stumble towards the conflict and premise we were promised at the start, but it's slowly getting better.
- Young and old hero dynamic