What would the world be like if the civil war between Captain America and Iron Man never ended?  Find out in Civil War: Warzones!

The civil war began after a group of superheroes on a show like Cops came across a group who was out of their league and caused the death of 600 people including 60 children.  America asked for powered people to register with the government.  Iron Man sided with the registration act, but Cap did not.

At a major battle between the two sides Black Panther hacked into Iron Man’s prison, but in doing so he activated a security feature.  He accidently caused the prison to self-destruct.  Both sides of the battle ran to Cloak who is a living portal to escape, but not everyone made it out.  In the explosion Cloak, Mac Gargan (Scorpion), Tigra, Black Panther, Daredevil, Doc Samson, Wasp and 15 million other people died.  

This divided the two sides even more and literally divided the country.  Captain America took the west half and called it The Blue.  Everyone there is free to use their powers, but The Blue has two laws.  Hurt no one and help when you can.  If you try to break the law Cap’s “Avengers” come after you or if you succeed than even worse his Punishers will find you.

Iron Man’s side known as The Iron has laws which require anyone with powers to register them and go to a school to learn how to use and control them.

After six years the mother of one of the children who died at the incident which caused the civil war has been trying to end the fight.  Miriam Sharpe lives on the border between The Iron and The Blue which is a giant canyon similar to the Grand Canyon known as the Divide.

She asks Cap and Iron Man to meet with each other to work out a peace agreement between the sides.  Cap is accompanied by Spider-Man and Iron Man by She-Hulk.  During the peace talks a bullet comes through the window and kills Sharpe. Both sides accuse the other, but both also worry their side did it.  The rest of the volume is each side looking into who sabotaged the peace talks.

Civil War: Warzones! was written by Charles Soule with art by Leinil Francis Yu, Gerry Alanguilan, Sunny Gho and Matt Milla.  Marvel Comics published the volume in 2016.

This was a really cool story and I got really into it.  I enjoyed seeing these characters in a different sort of position and how they handle it.  It was interesting to see how the two sides evolved through the years.

I liked the political intrigue and spy stuff, but I wish I could have seen more.  A bunch of characters were secretly someone else. An example is Hulk was actually Wolverine.  Is there anything more bad ass than a Hulk Wolverine?

The main problem I had with the volume was a reveal behind who was actually behind Sharpe’s death.  After that was revealed it was a “jump the shark” moment and it was never the same after.  It was also a bit of a cop out and put an end to what could have been a really good reveal.

I like this alternate universe stuff which came out of the Secret Wars event and I really need to read more of that stuff.

A great volume which can be picked up and read by anyone without being well versed in Marvel lore.  This is a great little story and I just wish I could have gotten more of it.


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