Writer Brian Michael Bendis
Artist David Marquez
Color Artist Justin Ponsor
Letterer VC’s Clayton Cowles
Designer Victor Ochoa
Cover Artist Marko Djurdjevic
Since we went to the Hastings’ Launch Party, we received this –
Lithograph by Michael Cho, which was also a variant cover.
As we saw from from May’s Civil War Month tie-in, I didn’t get that many comics in the first Civil War that won’t be the case with the sequel as I already know I’m getting five tie-ins.
All I’m hoping for, is to not be on Iron Man’s side in this event. As I want to be Team Carol, all the way!
Columbus, Woods-N-Waters Campgrounds. Ulysses, the Inhuman, is running in the woods. The Royal Family, plus Human Torch and X-Traitor, Beast – confront him.
Manhattan, Weeks Later. I miss those cast pages to these big events. This issue does a great job of putting name boxes next to the characters but I guess that is up to the writer’s preference or maybe editor, I’m not sure.
We catch up to the All New All Different Avengers – Iron Man, Miles Morales Spider-Man, FalCap, Nova and Ms. Marvel. They are clearly in a middle of a fight. They are fighting back a Celestial invasion. As things look bad, Jane Foster Thor comes onto the battlefield. She’s brought a whole slew of heroes! It is an extraordinary page, except it is missing Magik from the X-Men corner of the page. We’ll see her in a bit.
Carol and Tony are friendly in battle. Tony asks for the doctor’s assistance.
We see Doctor Strange and several sorcerers. They include – Scarlet Witch, Hellstrom, Doctor Voodoo, Wiccan, Shaman and Magik! I simply love that Magik has been allowed to become a mainstay in Marvel’s magic realm.
Magik gets to show off some of her wit, Bendis was always good at writing her. They sorcerers cast “the group spell of dimension reversal. Book of Vishanti, page 2342.” Which I still like that Bendis continues to cite where the magic spell comes from.
Like he tried to do on the previous page, Hellstrom tries to steal the moment with his attitude.
Spider-Man and Spider-Woman are rescuing kids. Miles is on the page, so I see what the creative team is trying to do there.
Doctor Strange announces that the Celestial Destructor is gone. All of the mages look exhausted but Magik is at least getting to her feet.
Medusa and Beast are impress that the plan worked. Nova wonders how they got the heads up about this invasion.
Stark Tower, the Next Evening. Looks like the X-Men all showed up for this party, but not Magik – for some reason. Tony gives a big speech and everything is genuinely having a good time.
No one still knows how they were given such notice of the invasion. Carol knew it came from the Inhumans, she is about to ask the question as Tony is already asking. Medusa pulls aside a select group of heroes. War Machine, Peter Parker Spider-Man, Steve Rogers and FalCap are all invited.
Medusa introduces everyone to Ulysses, who can see the future. Everyone wants to know how the mechanics of that works, Tony wants to get Little Jean Grey in the room. Rogers isn’t sure if that’s a good idea due to the rift between the X-Men and Inhumans.
Jean tries to read Ulysses’ mind but it is unreadable. Little Jean Grey, the worst.
We get the set up, how Carol wants to use Ulysses and Tony doesn’t want to use Ulysses. Tony really doesn’t want to get into this as last time he disagreed with a captain, heroes were pitted against each other. Though I do like how Tony is written, how he points out that Ulysses didn’t see a future, he saw a possible future. The future he saw, involved the Celestial destroying the world (I imagine) and that isn’t the future that happened.
Ulysses goes into his origins, it basically is the new Inhuman origin of the Terrigen Mist bomb and waking up an Inhuman.
Tony tries another approach about what would happen if Ulysses sees a possible future where a hero has turn bad. Would everyone turn on that one hero, just because a possible future states they could go bad.
Carol points out that Tony is a futurist, which he is, he wants to protect the future.
Ulysses is impressed that he met Tony Stark, Spider-Man (in a fun moment) says that it s cool but then you get over it.
New Attilan, Three Weeks Later. Ulysses wakes up, from another vision. He tells his Queen, Medusa.
Mary Jane tells Tony that something bad happened to War Machine.
There should be a big black page that reads “Go Read Free Comic Book Day Civil War.” There, the Ultimates (one of Carol’s teams) and War Machine went up against Thanos. It didn’t go well as War Machine died and She-Hulk was badly injured.
War Machine may have been Tony’s best friend but he was also Carol’s boyfriend – so both leads are sad. Carol retells Tony the tale of that free issue, in a quarter of the pages.
She-Hulk wakes up but then goes back into cardiac arrest as the issue ends with Tony flying away.
Of the titles that are promoted at the end, I know I need to buy Civil War II : X-Men 1, Deadpool 14, International Iron Man 14, New Avengers 12 and Nova 8. Like Original Sin, Magik was there for a key moment in the beginning but she may not keep appearing in other titles after the premise has been established.
Would I protect the future (Tony) or change the future (Carol)? I would change the future, at this moment.