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Civil War: Front Line, Book 1 by Paul…

Civil War: Front Line, Book 1

by Paul Jenkins

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The Speedball story in this is pretty well done and then turns totally fucking stupid - "Penance"? The Ben Urich and whatser story is quite good, but peters off into nothing. The fucking vignettes are a vignetting waste of time. "Civil War" as a whole is more than the sum of parts, but it could have been more than it is. ( )
  MeditationesMartini | Jul 10, 2007 |
A 2-part storyline that continues the Marvel Civil War saga, in which the government imposes the Superhero Registration Act, dividing the superhero community down the middle. There is much in this story that seems designed to reflect on current events with the handling of the war in Iraq. One aspect of the book follows reporters Ben Urich and Sally Floyd, as they attempt to pursue a hidden truth behind Tony Stark's enforcement of the Registration Act. The other follows the lone survivor of the superhero team involved in the Stamford tragedy, Speedball, as he is blamed for the deaths and incarcerated until he agrees to sign his registration papers. Compelling and well-told, although I don't quite get the part with the Atlanteans. I'm enjoying the whole Civil War saga; it shows a level of bravery in shaking up the Marvel Universe that DC would never ascend to. I just wonder what's going to become of the biggest piece of fallout in the series, the coming out of Peter Parker as Spider-Man. That's been one of the Marvel Universe's most well-kept secrets for 40 years now, and I don't see how one of my favorite characters can ever again have the relatively normal life he had before. And this matters, because one of Spider-Man's charms was his mostly successful attempts to keep a normal private life, an almost unique thing in superherodom. ( )
  burnit99 | Jun 5, 2007 |
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There's a truth buried deep in the heart of every war, and reporters Sally Floyd and Ben Urich will be there, uncovering that truth in the midst of the biggest conflagration in the Marvel Universe! In the wake of the Stamford disaster, the public cries out for super-hero registration. Are the costumed heroes of the Marvel Universe protectors or ticking time bombs? And in "Civil War Correspondence," see stories inspired by tales of war correspondence throughout history! Collects stories from Civil War: Front Line #1-6.

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