Book Review: Civil War (Mark Millar, Steve McNiven, Dexter Vines, Morry Hollowell)

Publisher: Marvel Comics

Pages: 208

Release Date: April 11th 2007

Summary (from Goodreads):

The landscape of the Marvel Universe is changing, and it’s time to choose: Whose side are you on? A conflict has been brewing from more than a year, threatening to pit friend against friend, brother against brother – and all it will take is a single misstep to cost thousands their lives and ignite the fuse.


I started this about 2 years ago but never finished (I found my bookmark in there halfway through). I wanted to read the book before going to see the film so restarted it and read it in a day.

As I read the book and went to see the film within days of each other I’m inevitably going to be comparing the two. I have to say, the book is so much better than the film! I did enjoy the film a lot but it wasn’t really the Civil War story line which I was expecting.

I love huge Marvel events and seeing different groups of superheroes interact with each other, and Civil War does this on an epic scale.

When a group of C list superheroes accidentally cause an explosion resulting in a lot of civilian casualties, public opinion turns against those with super powers and calls for a control on them. This splits the heroes into two groups: those who believe they should work for the government and those who think they should remain free agents. What I love about the conflict is that there’s not really a right or wrong side: I kind of agreed with both, though I leaned more towards Captain America and his views on freedom.

There’s so many heroes that get involved, and that means some epics fight scenes. It’s great to see people who normally fight alongside each other go head to head. The reason I preferred the book so much to the film was that the stakes just seemed so much higher: someone gets killed, someone else reveals their closely guarded secret identity and the good guys even fight alongside villains. It’s so tense and action packed and I loved all the conflict.

The only downside was the ending. Although I understand one side’s reasons for standing down, it was kind of disappointing to see them give in. The destruction they caused by fighting each other was awful but I wanted to see it through to the end anyway!

I really enjoyed this and it’s made me want to read more Marvel books, as I haven’t read any for a while. It might be time to revisit Marvel Zombies again!