Civil War II #4

Event\Storyline: Civil War II Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: David Marquez Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: July 27, 2016 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 42
5.7Critic Rating
6.4User Rating

Sides are harshly divided as the Marvel Universe's trial of the century reaches its shocking verdict! Now, the abstract issues are very real for the heroes of the Marvel Universe and battle lines must be drawn. Captain Marvel or Iron Man, who will each hero stand behind?
Rated T+

  • 8.8
    Heroes Direct - Adam Fitch Jul 27, 2016

    The story is building up in terms of tension and the war is really brooding now, and it's about time. The artwork is still massively impressive to us, it portrays each character extremely well and the emotion of the comic is portrayed perfectly through the expressions of the characters. Whether it's Tony's depressing explanation of Ulysses' power or Carol's elation to speak to She-Hulk again, you can really feel the emotions as you read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jul 27, 2016

    The original mini-series simply gave us a hero (Captain America) and a villain (Iron Man). This series seems to be shaping up the same way, with Tony Stark being the hero this time, and Carol Danvers the villain. I hope I'm wrong and it comes together into a more coherent conflict (and eventual resolution). Right now it's looking a bit shaky. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Fortress of Solitude - Rick Austin Aug 4, 2016

    This won't be for everyone. There's little action, and it's more of a thinker than a doer. But what it does, it does incredibly well. If you're looking for a solid piece of storytelling, look no further. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicsverse - Ben Wasserman Jul 28, 2016

    CIVIL WAR II #4 still struggles to balance out its two factions, but even with those flaws, it feels like a major improvement over the entire CIVIL WAR II series. However, the writers need to be careful with the direction with which they are taking Carol's character, as pushing her towards the role of an antagonist would ruin the series' attempt to be morally ambiguous on both sides. Overall, it's the best issue in the series so far and has finally lead us to the epic hero vs. hero showdown that everyone has been waiting for. Whatever Bendis is doing right now, keep on doing it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Matthew Mueller Aug 5, 2016

    The surprise entrance on the last page guarantees that next issue should be a blast. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 27, 2016

    Civil War II #4 makes some clear improvements to a very flawed mini-series. The pacing is quicker in this chapter, and the dialogue problems that hindered issue #3 are mostly eliminated. And it goes without saying that the series continues to look gorgeous. Unfortunately, the series is still struggling when it comes to characterization. Civil War II is reminiscent of its predecessor in the sense that too much character development is happening in the tie-in books rather than the main series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    411Mania - Sankalp G. Jul 28, 2016

    The story has taken fantastic twist here and it is clear that it was not just a gimmick or anything as Marvel has clearly planned it all out. The scene is heating up and it is feeling like an event but after this issue, the battle could have been avoided; a single problem in the series. One thing to note here is that the heroes on both teams are fairly new and different which actually gives the Marvel Now movement some traction. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Keith Reid-Cleveland Jul 28, 2016

    Tony Stark's monologue delivered well, as they're prone to, and hearing about the world's politically charged views of the superheroes that protect them was appropriate, given the current election season. Also, David Marquez's art is stunning. But, still, it wouldn't feel right to give this issue an above average score at this point. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jul 27, 2016

    Civil War II hasn't quite been the big event we've wanted. It might be the fact that we're constantly seeing heroes fighting each other. This difference of opinions should be a major problem but it doesn't quite live up to our expectations. It's understandable we need to have a big conflict, but Carol Danvers' reaction and how she carries herself is feeling a little out of character. The issue's saving grace is David Marquez's art and Justin Ponsor's colors. We're finally at the point where the pieces for a big fight are in place. Will it be enough to continue reading the series? Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Superior Spider-Talk - Doug Zawisza Jul 31, 2016

    Iron Man and Captain Marvel continue to talk at one another, in this story written by Brian Michael Bendis, which paces out another issue with more jawwing than super-powered action in Civil War II #4. At least David Marquez makes everything look good. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Aug 2, 2016

    Civil War II #4 is another poor read. It is stunning how little actual new content Bendis delivers to the reader with the issue. That is even further compounded by the fact that nothing much really happens at all and that we get zero action. This is a slow, boring and unappealing issue. And the fact that all of this comes with a ridiculous $5.00 cover price? Insane. There is no reason for any reader, other than die-hard Bendis fans, to spend their hard-earned money on Civil War II #4. If you love big events crammed full of interesting plot lines and plenty of action and adventure then definitely look elsewhere. There is nothing here in Civil War II #4 that will satisfy you. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    AIPT - Jordan Richards Jul 27, 2016

    Civil War II #4 is a very average read. The story suffers from a lot of problems in its execution, pacing, and how it portrays Carol Danvers in the book. It doesn't feel like an equal argument at all, which makes the narrative one-sided and not as compelling as it could or should be. In the end, it's just really hard to recommend this comic enough though it engulfs most of Marvel series right now. It's visually gorgeous, but that's really it in the end. Read Full Review

  • 4.5 - John McCubbin Jul 29, 2016

    Civil War II #4 doesn't do much for the event moving forward, as despite giving us some powerful emotions and a gripping cliffhanger, we're still missing the huge conflict we were expecting. That said, the final moments do show a lot of promise, and though that may be too little, too late, I am hopeful it will be the turning point this crossover has been so badly needing. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Aug 1, 2016

    Bits and Pieces:This event has struggled to find its footing since the beginning of the story and it only continues to do so here. Captain Marvel, despite being literally proven wrong, basically goes villain here for the sake of moving the rest of this story forward. The only saving grace of this issue is the art team of David Marquez and Marko Djurdjevic whose character drawings and colors will stand the test of time. Other than that this is a very one sided Civil War. Think of it as basically the Marvel equivalent of the Turkish military trying to overthrow their government.4.5/10var linkwithin_site_id = 2203111; Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comicosity - Allen Thomas Jul 29, 2016

    I want to see this story through, and I want to and do have hope that it will resolve in a manner that isnt an insult to readers intelligence, but with each subsequent installment I find myself astounded at how much more this story could unravel in a manner which does not know how to utilize characters or plot threads properly. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jul 27, 2016

    Much like the previous issue, this issue thinks it's smart, but is paper thin when it comes to its deeper themes. This is a box office event blockbuster on the printed page, when it's over you wonder what the point was other than to watch folks beat each other up. With three issues to go, I don't see things improving based on the final few pages. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    The Fandom Post - Alex Henning Aug 18, 2016

    This issue, for me, continues the odd decline Marvel has been on for a while now. They use anger inducing deaths, make characters do out of character actions, and replace characters with no cause. Hulk is the latest casualty in this, and I'd love to know why he needed to die. This was a so-so issue really. not good really, but not bad either. The story is going, but slower than it might be. It sounds odd that I'd want to hurry heroes fighting each other, but if you are going to advertise that, then actually give us that. In the end, this will not draw you in if you aren't invested already, and it might still annoy you for simply being more exposition really. It falls in the middle between good and bad, so there are some things that do work well here. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge Jul 28, 2016

    Though Marquez and Ponsor still prop up this event with soaring and vibrant art, Civil War II #4 is two steps back after last month's bold step forward. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Jul 27, 2016

    I want to like this series. I want to like this story. But we're already halfway through this series, and Civil War II has barely even shown up. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    ComicList - Eric Bradach Jul 27, 2016

    Bendis' fairly promising set up issues to begin this event, created a sense of optimism for the future. Yet that was all detracted once the ball started to roll, and it became another meaningless Marvel event where the heroes fight each other rather than a super-villain. The whole editorial mandate that demanded this sequel to Mark Millar's 2006 story was off-putting itself. There has been nearly zero characterization to Ulysses, the one who started the conflict. Those who do get development, come off as obnoxious with their disregard of compromises and nuances. Not even the stellar artwork brought in by David Marquez can save this issue and the mini-series itself empathize everything wrong with Marvel. Read Full Review

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