I was, and still am, a little skeptical that Marvel’s latest company-wide mega-event can equal the heights reached by its predecessor. The original CIVIL WAR was so steeped in political metaphor, so evocative of what was going on in the mundane “real” world in which we all live. It’s kinda like Woodstock, and why there will never be another one. (They tried, you may recall, but ended up with nothing of the sort akin to the 1969 event.) Woodstock can’t exist outside the late 60s, sans the Hippie counterculture, sans Vietnam. Likewise, CIVIL WAR would not and could not resonate so strongly without the post 9-11 fears of government overreach, without the Patriot Act. Even the readers who were children at the time couldn’t miss the symbolism of that story. CIVIL WAR II lacks that kind of gravitas and real-world impetus. Such things cannot be created, only capitalized upon.

This being said, there is no reason why CIVIL WAR II can’t be a damn fine comic story all on its own, a distinct animal, yes, but still raising some legitimate, thought-provoking questions. While the first issue of the miniseries lacked the visceral stomach-punch power it could have had due to the reveal in the FCBD release that the two characters being killed off were War Machine and She-Hulk (Why didn’t Marvel either wait until the first issue of the series to show this, or else, and this would have been a more successful strategy, I think, make the entire first issue of the series the FCBD offering? This last would SURELY have brought new readers back for the successive issues.) it still managed to be emotionally charged and profound. Credit to writer Brian Michael Bendis for stoking the fires. Bring on issue #2!

And somebody will probably get their knickers in a twist because of the title of this article, too, thinking it disparages the blacklivesmatter movement. I was originally going to title this post bluelivesmatter, but then realized that this phrase coupled with a pound sign already exists, as part of the pro-police reactionary movement AGAINST the black lives one—as if one has to choose between supporting police officers and standing up for the rights of minorities unfairly treated by some lousy cops and all the millions of GOOD policemen and women who are doing their duty. Political correctness sucks.

Does this image of Apocalypse strangling Mystique promote domestic violence? Glorify it, or at the least condone it? Rose McGowan thinks so, and so do quite a few others with too much time and not enough real-world problems on their hands. As would be expected, the studio caved, and apologized. The only legitimate argument I’ve heard from those opposing the poster is that it could “trigger” traumatic memories in women who have suffered abuse. Then again, I have heard from domestic violence survivors who pointed out that ANYTHING is a potential trigger and that society is not responsible for safeguarding against everything, since this last is not possible. My take on it is this: He’s the BAD GUY. If there was any suggestion of any sort that it was a GOOD thing for him to be choking Mystique, then I’d be up in arms, too. There isn’t. Also, they’re BLUE. They’re NOT HUMAN. Rose, take a seat. The world has real concerns to deal with.

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So many potential topics to discuss this week. The new X-Men movie (A-, by the way), and how its successful but hardly robust performance at the weekend box office might offer a glimmer of hope for fans who want to see Disney and Fox reach some kind of agreement in regards to sharing the characters, the way Disney and Sony are now doing with Spider-Man. Or the ridiculousness of Marvel’s making Captain America a secret Hydra agent. Or the even more ridiculous desire on the part of some fans to turn him gay. Maybe I’ll comment on one or more of these next week. Right now, though, I want to talk about DC. Specifically, the $2.99 double-sized kickoff to the REBIRTH event. You know that quote from Shakespeare, “Nothing in his life became him like the leaving it”? I’m sure you’ve heard it, even if you didn’t know it was from Shakespeare. Well, a similar thing could be said about DC. Never was the New 52 so grand as it is now at its unraveling.

SPOLIER ALERT: Stop reading now if you haven’t read the comic yet, and if you’ve managed against the odds to avoid all the online discussions of it thus far. It was a stroke of genius to lay the blame for the whole failed experiment of the revamp at the feet of an outside antagonist “more powerful than Darkseid,” turning what was essentially a misstep by DC’s powers-that-be into a hell of a plot point. And finding out that the whole thing was orchestrated by the WATCHMEN’s Dr. Manhattan?! I admit, when Batman dug that blood-spotted smiley face pin out of the Batcave wall, my mouth fell open. This has the potential to be GOOD…

I’m a little behind on this one, but I was out of town on that legendary first Saturday in May, I didn’t get to make it to the comic shop till just last week to pick up my stuff, including the FCBD offerings (my comic retailer of choice is located some thirty miles from my place of residence, so I can’t just drop by on a whim, or justify the gasoline expenditure on a comics run if I don’t have some other business to attend to in the same neck of the woods), and I only got around to actually reading any of those offerings yesterday. Not that they aren’t a priority; I’ve just been busy. Writing articles before pleasure, right? That doesn’t mean I wasn’t looking forward to digging into the funnybooks first chance that presented itself. Was it worth the wait? Did the selections meet or exceed my expectations, or did they leave me disappointed?

I only grabbed the books being offered by Marvel and DC this year, with particular interest being paid to the Marvel books, as they set the stage for the next big Marvel “event” story, CIVIL WAR 2. I was a tad disappointed that DC didn’t do more to promote their own “event,” the REBIRTH going on over there this summer. As for Marvel, though, I was suitably wowed. THIS, I said to myself, is how you do FCBD right! Did you get YOUR free comic book this year?