As everyone looks on in shock, the vision ends. Miles Morales is devastated, and a heated argument breaks out between Tony and Carol. Tony insists Miles is a good kid and doesn’t deserve to be arrested. Captain America looks past this, however, and takes Miles. He says they are leaving. Carol protests, but in a flash, Thor whisks Miles away from the battlefield, just as SHIELD agents arrive.
Maria Hill calls for the arrest of Tony’s side, but Black Panther says they’ll have to go through him if they do. T’Challa can no longer defend any of this. He learned a long time ago that Captain America’s on the right side of things and when Steve chooses to protect a child, even one that is supposed to harm him… well, they should have been on his side the entire time. An attack on Tony is an attack on him… and an attack on him is an attack on Wakanda. With that, Tony and the heroes disappear, while the Inhumans leave too, refusing to help Carol any further.
Away from the Triskelion, Miles asked to be put down by Thor. She thinks is best she stick around in case he needs help, but the young man just wants to be left alone. Thinking about the vision, which he experienced as if he killed Steve Rogers, Miles begins to break down into tears.
In Attilan, the Inhuman approach Ulysses cautiously. Karnak asks what has happened to him, and the boy’s eyes glow with a strange energy. Back at the Triskelion, the Guardians comfort her, and she promises to get them a new ship. They share a hug, but Kitty Pryde looks uncertain about all of this.
Tony’s side are taken to a bunker. The younger heroes seem shaken up by all this and agree to go protect Miles from both sides, and the older adults let them be, understanding their feelings. Both sides aren’t sure what to do. As Carol and Maria debate whether they should pursue Spider-Man, they get a call. They know where he is…
So this was a fun issue, in that it has pretty much been on the level with the rest of the event. David Marquez’s art really can’t be praised enough. He’s just so good at this that it really makes the comic a pleasure to look at. And as for Bendis’ writing, well, it’s been what it has been throughout this story.
Things are coming to a head, though with the recent spoilers disclosed in Infamous Iron Man #1, my review of which is up on our channel now, I’m left kind of looking at this event with a bit of an “eh” feeling. This war doesn’t really feel like a war – i.e., it’s not really a sustained conflict. Half of this event was all about us getting to this point, and this back half really seems to only amounting to a paltry couple of battles. That’s not a war, certainly not on the level of the original Civil War. This is more like a Civil Skirmish.
Let’s remember that the first Civil War opened up this new situation in the entire world of Marvel. The conflict was ongoing and widespread, so many different battles and stories emerged out of the core series and tie-ins. It was bigger than just the core heroes – it affected the entire community. That’s something it did well, while, looking over Civil War II, the events and conflict feel like they are on a much smaller scale, while the tie-ins mostly focus on our heroes going about their usual business and just vaguely reacting to the events in the core series.
For all the build-up of Civil War II I’m starting to see a real lack of pay-off. And that’s a shame, because there was real promise here and some real ideas being floated our way. So yeah, those earlier recommendations I made were kind of under the assumption this story was going somewhere, yet here we are, issue six, and it still doesn’t feel like there’s all that much substance to this event. If you have been enjoying this event then you will probably like issue six, but at this point, looking on the story this far in, I’m really not as enthused as I was when things kicked off.
There are some solid character moments and key parts of this comic that are just great. I’m glad they’re pulling back on Carol being so self-righteous and her being a little more conflicted about where things are going. She still really wants a peaceful situation, but she has people to answer to and will not rest while there are those who can help… even if that’s not what they want.
There is one thing that bothered me. We see Thor take off with Spider-Man only for her to also be in the group when they disappear. This is a minor continuity flub, yes, and I did just say those aren’t a big deal, but they are starting to add up in this comic, and this is a pretty big oversight, considering how big of a show they made of Thor flying away and talking to Miles. Yes, to a degree, we should overlook unimportant plot holes. But when they are relevant to the story, well, it is a bit silly and less excusable.
Make of that what you well, but, yeah, I don’t think I’m going to be recommending these comics anymore. At least not unless we get a big ending that really changes my mind… somehow. We’re in the final stretch now, with only two issues to go. This series was only planned to be seven issues long but apparently the ending was so big it got an expansion into two parts.