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Amazing Spider-Man: Civil War - J.Michael Straczynski

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Genre: Graphic Novels / Comics / Author: J.Michael Straczynski / Edition: Direct Ed / Paperback / Reading Level: Young Adult / 168 Pages / Book is published 2007-05-02 by Marvel Comics

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      27.06.2012 14:45
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      The Marvel Universe is changing........

      Civil War was one of the biggest things to happen to Marvel in a long time.....its story-arc had ramifications that would last for many books to come and illustrated the real-life consequences of being a Superhero when, tragically, innocent civilians were forced to pay the price for merely being in the wrong place at the wrong time!

      For those not in the know, the basic premise is thus; public opinion of Superheroes has began to wane after a series of incidents throughout the Marvel Universe that have seen innocent people being killed ~ most notably The Hulks latest rampage in Las Vegas. When the stars of a Superhero Reality Show fail to apprehend a group of Supervillains though, things reach crisis point! The New Warriors are all but wiped out and an explosion rips through several City Blocks taking out over 600 innocent people! All of a sudden there is a public outcry and people begin to question just how much use Superheroes are if they cannot even save those they are supposed to be protecting! Eager Politicians rush in and, seeing an opportunity to gain votes and gain popularity in the ratings, demand the launch of a Superhero Registration Act that will lead to all persons of Superpower ability being monitored and identified much as they were in Canada a few years ago shortly before Alpha Force were forcibly disbanded. Unfortunately, many of the Marvel Superheroes are less than keen on the idea and the resulting disagreements between them leads to a Marvel Civil War between the ranks as heroes from the Marvel universe all start picking sides!

      By the time of this collection, things have even closer reached breaking point and the heroes are split between those who support the Registration and those who are strongly against. Friendships and former alliances are being tested and it all eventually comes down to someone being needed to lead by example. Tony Stark thinks he has found the right person in The Amazing Spiderman but the consequences of his actions, should Peter Parker agree, could change everything forever....for everyone.

      Not too much weight on our favourite neighbourhood Web-slingers shoulders then!

      This is a great chapter in Marvels infamous story-arc that answers many of the questions fans have been wondering for years such as what happens to the everyday man in the street after all the smoke has cleared and the Superheroes have all gone home, how come none of them are ever accountable for the mayhem, damage and disruption they help cause and how does this affect popular opinion? More importantly, what happens when one of those vheroes is forced to accept responsibility?

      If you have not read any of the other Civil War graphic novels then this is probably not a very good jumping off point but for Spiderman fans, this book is a treat showing us a very different and more vulnerable side to Spidey than we have seen in a loooong time! Peter Parker has always been a man straddling two worlds and nowv those two worlds have collided!

      This is a great book with absolutely amazing and colourful artwork and a tense, gripping storyline that, at this point, shows no sign of concluding! How does it all end? Well you'll just have to keep reading the Civil War series to find out but this is va very, very important chapter indeed!

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      20.11.2010 15:00
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      A good book, but requires others to make sense

      This is a Spiderman graphic novel which focuses on Spidermans part in the Civil War event. it collects together the spiderman civil war comic books into one graphic novel.

      for those of you who don't know anything about the Civil war event it came about after a group of civillians are killed during a major battle. the government steps in and tells super heroes to register their names and powers or be made an outlaw. This causes the super heroes to divide with some refusing to register (Lef by captain america) and those that register there identitiys (led by iron man).

      Spiderman registers his real identity and becomes headlines news the world over. However he has a change of heart after witnessing the deaths of heroes he is now fighting against. The book follows his truggles with his identity now being known to everyone - including his arch villains.

      Its a great book and is a very interesting read. Its well written and the artwork is great. Although I have never really been a big fan of the new style of marvel and the ultimates this is a good read. there are some major issues I have with this book however which really let it down.

      The story skips in places which can make it hard to follow. this is due to the story being a crossover with multiple comics with numourous cameos throughout - so to read the whole story you have to get other books. To me this is annoying and they should have included the whole story and not make you buy another book for you to get the whole plot. The spiderman costume isn't particuly good either - but it is changed throughout.

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      24.01.2008 18:26
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      If you like Spiderman its a good read

      Last year Marvel had a major event in the Marvel universe of super heroes. After a tragic event with many deaths, the government forced all of the super heroes to register their names and powers. This is trouble for all of those who have been keeping their identity a secret. Peter Parker is one of those people.

      When i first heard about this series i immediatly thought about what would happen for Spiderman. One of the major recurring themes is that of people discovering who he is, and how that effects his life and those around him. In this comic, he is placed infront of the camera, unmasked. This works well because its such a change. You keep reading because you want to know what is going to happen to everyone as result.

      The artwork is nice, with rich colours and detailed drawings. I like this book because it is not just Spiderman, but it features many of the other big characters such as Iron Man and Captain America.

      Its not all great however. At many points it looks like you are going to see what is happening, however it suddenly tells you that you have to read a different comic to get the full story. This is fair enough, but it would be nice to know what is going on sometime.

      This is a great comic, with some nice artwork. If you don't like crossovers then don't bother though. However i am a fan of them so its all good.

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      Life couldn't be more complicated - or more dangerous - for Peter Parker. After rushing to the aftermath of the Stamford Massacre to offer aid to its victims, Peter travels with Tony Stark to Washington, D.C., and the White House - where the enactment of the Super Hero Registration Act appears imminent. As the Marvel Universe braces for the implications of legislation that will forever change the societal status of super heroes, Peter is forced to make an important personal decision - maybe the most important decision of his life. As Civil War tears apart the super hero community, will Spidey stay true to that decision? This title collects Amazing Spider-Man, numbered 532-538.