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Civil War: Spider-Man (edition 2011)

by J. Michael Straczynski, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Peter David, Mike Deodato (Illustrator), Ron Garney (Illustrator)2 more, Clayton Crain (Illustrator), Michael Weiringo (Illustrator)

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Title:Civil War: Spider-Man
Authors:J. Michael Straczynski
Other authors:Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Peter David, Mike Deodato (Illustrator), Ron Garney (Illustrator), Clayton Crain (Illustrator)1 more, Michael Weiringo (Illustrator)
Info:Marvel (2011), Hardcover, 544 pages
Collections:Comics (borrowed), Read but unowned
Tags:comics, marvel, civil war, spider-man

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Civil War: Spider-Man by J. Michael Straczynski



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Other than Tony Stark and Captain America, Spider-man is probably the character most deeply involved in the Civil War storyline. Therefore, it makes sense that an entire tie-in book is needed to cover his perspective. Before the SHRA is passed, Tony begins cultivating Peter as a protégé and right hand man. Civil War: Spider-Man opens with Tony taking Peter to his private meetings with Congress about superhero registration. Tony is arguing against it, though he knows it is inevitable. When the Stamford tragedy occurs, he is proven right and he puts his plans into effect.

The first half of the book goes behind the scenes of the Civil War, in particular Tony’s actions, as viewed by Peter. If Tony looked bad before, he’s revealed as downright ruthless and unethical here. Peter’s life begins to unravel after Tony convinces him to reveal his identity to the public. First, he is terribly conflicted when he has to hunt down his former colleagues, especially Captain America. His conviction begins to waver when he learns that Tony and Reed are making billions of dollars off of government contracts to build a prison and create tech to hunt and contain superheroes. Secondly, he realizes that Tony is using the Spider armor to monitor Peter in addition to “helping” him. When he visits the prison, he is horrified to see that the heroes are being imprisoned without due process, permanently, and in the Negative Zone. Further, Tony emphasizes that the prison is not on American soil, or subject to law, and that all the prisoners are now “non-entities.” It’s no surprise when Spider-Man switches sides!

The second half of the book focuses on confrontations with various villains from Spidey’s rogues gallery – who now know who, and where, he is. Aunt May and MJ are guarded in Avengers tower until Peter takes them on the run and into hiding. Since Spidey ends up switching sides during Civil War, the second half of the book was sometimes difficult to follow as to exactly when the battles were occurring in the timeline. However, it wasn't strictly necessary to know. Peter switches costumes back to his original one once he defects. There are some excellent action sequences in part two, and many familiar faces like Rhino, Mysterio and Black Cat.

Overall, this was an excellent tie-in. I thought it was better than Civil War: Fantastic Four omnibus, and as good as Civil War: Avengers. Highly recommended! ( )
  jshillingford | Feb 4, 2014 |
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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, he travels with Tony Stark to Washington, D.C., where the enactment of the Superhuman 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 what may be the most important decision of his life. As Civil War tears apart the super hero community, will Spidey stay true to that decision?


Amazing Spider-Man #529-538, Sensational Spider-Man #28-34, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #11-16.

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