Civil War II #0
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Civil War II #0

Event\Storyline: Civil War II Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Olivier Coipel Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: May 18, 2016 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 27 User Reviews: 45
7.4Critic Rating
6.9User Rating

From the creative team that brought you House of M and Siege comes a blistering first chapter in Marvel's new explosive event. Watch as the players are introduced and the table is set for a storyline that fans will be talking about for years.
Rated T+

  • 9.4
    Comicsverse - Sean Bartley May 23, 2016

    CIVIL WAR II #0 is a perfect jumping on point for new or casual readers. Though it is mostly focused on setting the stage for the conflict to come, it does a great job of establishing some of the major players in the event who casual fans may not be well acquainted with. Brian Michael Bendis delivers one of his best scripts in recent memory, seamlessly (though verbosely) introducing the premise of the series and producing great character work. If you've never seen Oliver Coipel's art before, get ready to be blown away. As a massive fan of the original who has high hopes for CIVIL WAR II, it's a huge relief that this event is starting off so well. Here's hoping the best is yet to come. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Heroes Direct - Eammon Jacobs May 23, 2016

    The zero issue for Civil War II does exactly what it's meant to, it teases us with the storyline for the rest of the series, whilst still being a neat little story on it's own. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Fandom Post - Alex Henning May 21, 2016

    Some may criticize the fact that the issue is mostly just dialogue, but it honestly works to the comic's advantage, utilizing the fact that it's a #0 issue to set up the conflicting ideas for Issue 1. A great read overall, even if a bit slow. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Project Fandom - Nina Perez Jun 3, 2016

    The series is off to a great start visually; the panels are sleek with an eye for the details that might not immediately catch your attention. Coipel and Posnor get a special black woman head nod for depicting Michelle's natural hair so beautifully and realistically. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Hub City Review - Matthew J. Theriault May 23, 2016

    This will be a particularly important principle to remember going into the main mini-series. Many commentators will frame Civil War II as yet another comic book event pitting heroes against heroes. It is not. Judging such individuals not by the costumes they wear, but the actions they commit, this second Civil War will be every bit the classic conflict of heroes versus villains as the first. It doesnt matter that she carries a badge; it doesnt matter that she works for Alpha Flight, S.H.E.I.L.D., or The Ultimates. In stripping innocents of their freedom of thought, Carol Danvers will be committing an act of villainy. That makes her and everyone on her side super-villains, plain and simple. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Nerds Unchained - Jeremy Radick May 19, 2016

    All in all, Civil War II #0 does it job well, and even though the issue doesn't shake the idea of this series being Minority Report within the Marvel Universe, it also shows why that could wind up being a pretty fun and interesting read. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse May 19, 2016

    The stage is set for Civil War II, we haven't had the final spark to set things off but it's only a matter of time. It's also good to see different heroes in the limelight this time, now if only we'd get an MCU She-Hulk film! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Heather Joy May 19, 2016

    All in all I have high hopes for this series, as #0 lays the lines down quite simply and yet leaves much to the imagination. We can easily see how it follows in its predecessor's footsteps (and boy are those big shoes to fill) while gifting us with a breath of fresh air in the form of new characters and a brand spankin' new story the likes of which we've never seen. Hold on to your hats, people. It's going to be one hell of a ride. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Graphic Policy - Brett May 18, 2016

    But, this review is about this one issue, and it succeeds in everything it sets out to do, and does so while asking a very intriguing philosophical question. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen May 18, 2016

    Between the lackluster FCBD Special and Marvel's general track record with major crossovers, there's plenty of reason to worry about Civil War II. But the good news is that this prologue issue makes a strong case for the upcoming event. It clearly lays out the brewing conflict and makes a strong case for both viewpoints. It also looks great, offering a brief but enjoyable reunion between Brian Bendis and Olivier Coipel. Hopefully this issue, more than the FCBD Special, is a sign of what to expect from Civil War II as a whole. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Leia Calderon May 19, 2016

    Overall, Bendis and Coipel's "Civil War II" #0 serves the sole purpose of laying out the foundation for the series. Despite being driven almost entirely by dialogue, it's never once boring, and the only real issue is the question on everyone's minds: Where is Iron Man? My hopes are very high for "Civil War II," and hopefully we'll see just where Tony Stark fits into everything soon. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    PopOptiq - Logan Dalton May 18, 2016

    It is nice to see Bendis taking character beats from her series and using to make the summer event more organic. However, this could turn into Minority Report if she's not careful, or works with Maria Hill. Add Olivier Coipel's sleek art that is still full of life, especially when Carol is feeling the stress of being responsible for the defense of Earth, and the event is off to a fairly promising start. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring May 18, 2016

    This is a fantastic start to this Marvel event. This #0 issue does a fine job at setting up the main players for the book, except for Iron Man, and it delivers a pretty interesting story. We have some idea of where this is all headed, but we don't have all the answers, so we're hooked in. The art is completely fitting for something of this magnitude and this is a book you need to check out this week. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GAMbIT Magazine - Alan D.D. May 22, 2016

    Civil War II #0 lays the groundwork for what could be something special. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose May 18, 2016

    Minor flaws in the premise aside, Bendis and Coipel deliver some surprisingly charming work with Civil War II #0, which " at least thus far " doesn't feel like the shameless cash-in that you might expect from this summer event sequel. While it remains to be seen if this creative team can stick the landing once tensions escalate, this is a great way to further establish some deserving Marvel characters outside of the Captain America/Iron Man bubble, and a strong foundation for some bigger fireworks down the line. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - Alexander Jones May 19, 2016

    Civil War II #0 is a really nice issue full of sweet and interesting character moments" if Bendis can add just enough plot to the proceedings, readers will be in for a treat in the months to come. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - Wilson May 22, 2016

    Civil War II #0 is low on action, high on long drawn out conversation. If reading Carol Danvers having a therapy session sounds fun, this is the book for you. The art is gorgeous though. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck May 20, 2016

    There's some nice artwork by the always-excellent Olivier Coipel, but the script by Brian Michael Bendis is disturbing - and not in the ways he intended. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    CourtOfNerds - Kevin Carley May 18, 2016

    After all this bitching I bet you think I'm going to give this comic a bad grade. Well, guess what, I can't. It's illustrated well. The dialog is fine and even nuanced at times. The problem is that very little happens. This is a #0 comic. A set up. A means to get our heroes from Point A to Point Kicking the Shit out of Each Other. I can't blame a Ford Fiesta for being a Ford Fiesta. It does what it is meant to do. You just hope that there is Bugatti Veyron in the parking garage down the street. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Source by SuperHeroStuff - Marc Buxton May 20, 2016

    There is gravitas in this issue, but most importantly, Bendis introduces the themes and motivations that will cause this new Civil War. If the rest of the series is as well thought out and rhythmic as this surprisingly quiet zero issue, Marvel fans will be in for a fun ride. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Superior Spider-Talk - Doug Zawisza May 21, 2016

    An extra chapter for Civil War II proves to be a bit overpriced and under-produced as writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Olivier Coipel focus on a trio of characters, and for the purposes of this site, none of which has spider-powers. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge May 19, 2016

    While this table setting issue is truly gorgeous to look at and contains a few juicy scenes for the major players of the upcoming event, you are better off waiting for the trade to experience Civil War II #0, as I can confidently theorize that you can skip over this installment completely and still experience the latest friend versus friend scrap for the moral high ground without missing a beat. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas May 22, 2016

    Civil War #0 delivers twenty-three pages for $4.99. There's nothing more that I'm used to seeing in previous books that cost the extra $1. No card-stock cover, no thirty-plus pages of story, no extras or reprints of the original Civil War series"and for those reasons alone I could not recommend this zero issue. If anything, read the "Free Comic Book Day" issue of Civil War II to provide a better and obviously more valued reading experience. Also, when comparing this issue against the “Free Comic Book Day” issue, this zero issue provides context but doesn't seem as required to enjoy what's ahead. Civil War II number zero isn't a bad comic, it's just not nearly worth the price of admission and has actually diminished my excitement for what's to come in this event as opposed to building it up. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    PopMatters - Jack Fisher May 23, 2016

    The greatest strength of Civil War II #0 is still the insight of the characters involved. This insight succeeds in the same way the premise of the original Civil War succeeded, creating an issue that has real-world parallels and major implications, especially for a fictional world where planet-eating entities are a legitimate concern. It's bland in terms of substance, but necessary with respect to context. It lacks a larger entertainment value, but such details aren't always possible for a certain narrative, Deadpool being the lone exception. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Adam Frey May 19, 2016

    Look, overall, the comic is promising and enjoyable, and maybe Civil War II as a whole will turn out fine. However, Bendis' superstar status doesn't justify getting away with poorly researched law and a cheap resurrection which serves no purpose. In other words, sure, buy this comic, but expect it to suffer from the usual Bendisims which could have been easily fixed. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk May 19, 2016

    Overall: Civil War II #0 is a poor start to this new big event. I would only recommend this issue to die-hard Bendis fans. This is an inauspicious start for this new big event. Not too many readers are going to pick up Civil War II #0 and get excited and anxious to spend their hard-earned money on Civil War II and the various tie-in issues based on what they get in this issue. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    All-Comic - Alex Mansfield May 19, 2016

    Civil War II #0 presents itself as setting the stage for the real fallout to come; to provide the quieter and insightful glimpses into the thematic origins of our morality chess pieces in tights. But instead of exploring the inherent internal conflicts through familiar and rich characterizations, it clumsily cobbles together a Philosophy 101 essay on Philip K. Dick over the course of twenty-two pages when its basic plot points could have easily fit into a much shorter epilogue at the beginning issue of Civil War II proper. The only glimmer of life coming in an impromptu therapy session, the script and art almost work harder at pushing you away than at trying to engage you. Hollow, listless, and wholly unnecessary, Civil War II #0 lacks a single engaging element as it forcefully sits you down to listen to its well-worn premise. If this preamble issue is indicative of the event to come, then the only side to choose will be what other comics youll be buying. Read Full Review

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