Civil War #3

Event\Storyline: Civil War Writer: Mark Millar Artist: Steve McNiven Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: July 19, 2006 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 21
6.3Critic Rating
7.3User Rating

The battle lines are drawn as the conflict between the Super Hero Registration Initiative and the Underground Resistance fighters explodes in a live fire fight as the future of the Marvel Universe is decided! But before the dust settles, a familiar figure will emerge from a strike of lightning to change the odds--and the sides! Witness teams and families torn apart as the Civil War touches all and the momentous events of last issue changes the world as our heroes understand it!

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Krinn Jul 19, 2006

    Civil War #3 was a fantastic read. McNiven's incredible artwork combined with Millar's strong story makes for a highly entertaining and enjoyable comic book to read. Civil War is one of the best comic book on the market. I heartily recommend Civil War to anyone. Civil War is definitely worth your hard earned money. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Geoff Collins Jul 23, 2006

    As a whole, continuity is bugging me right now (In X-Factor #9, Multiple Man thinks, Spider-Man seems to be in so many places at once, I always figured he was cloned at some point, and, though it is referring to the clone saga, the same can be said about Cap, Wolverine, The Fantastic Four, Iceman, Cyclops, et al). It seems like there isnt much cohesion between all of the different titles for the size of event theyre trying to portray. That shouldnt be held against this comic, which I loved (as indicated by my rating). This is still an essential comic for super hero genre fans. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Sam Kirkland Jul 23, 2006

    What is war good for? Absolutely nothing! And as Civil War rages on, I wouldnt be surprised if an invasion by Kang or Galactus ends up being the catalyst forcing both sides to take a good, long look in the mirror. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics Bulletin - Michael Deeley Jul 23, 2006

    We may have just seen this mini-series peak. That would be a real shame. If we havent, then the worst is yet to come. And Millars worst is pretty awful. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Bin - Herv St.Louis Jul 23, 2006

    McNivens interior pages are beautiful and with the help of the colourist, well textured and cinematic feel. It feels like this a blockbuster on a wide screen. His work reminds me of Paul Smiths Golden Age which was also a cinematic feat. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Michael Bailey Jul 23, 2006

    In The End: This event has a lot going for it. There are some interesting ethical and quasi-political issues being raised but most of those are being explored in Front Line, not here. This issue served a purpose. It brought the two sides into their first physical and verbal conflict and brought a character that had been missing for some time back into the public eye, both of which are important. The problem I have is that the sheer size of the event and all of the books associated with it are threatening to be more interesting than this book, which should be the most important. This title should be the one that I cant live without. It should be the comic that I look forward to the most for the next several months. Instead, it is just a tease to get me to buy other books. I understand that this is something that should have an impact on all of the main titles that Marvel publishes, but at the same time this isnt the book that should launch a thousand comics. Yeah, its my cho Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Ariel Carmona Jr. Jul 23, 2006

    In The End: The main problem with the book and the entire series for me is that I feel these stories which Millar is great at writing are a closer fit for the Ultimate universe than the mainstream Marvel universe. Comic books which utilize plots to make quasi-political statements to mirror the political climate of our world are devoid of the escapist fun of previous incarnations. Maybe I am too much of a purist, or maybe I just long for the days of less realism and simple other worldly, other dimensional fantastic fun in my comics. That said, I will probably continue to read this, if only to see how it all turns out and to see how the cliffhanger at the end of this issue impacts the rest of the story. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Judson Miers Jul 23, 2006

    Im going to wait until next year when/if they release the TPB before I decide if theres been a lasting change in the MU and worth the purchase price. Itll probably take that long to sort through all of the hate mail Im going to get about this review Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace Jul 23, 2006

    However, what will really get people talking this issue is the conclusion both the outcome of the Iron Man/Cap fight, and the reappearance of a long-absent hero, ready to be integrated back into the fabric of the Marvel Universe. Whilst I got a visceral thrill from Iron Man coolly taking out Captain America with a knockout punch (again, full marks for the detail and impact of McNivens art), Thors big entrance on the final page actually fell a little bit flat for me. Ive never been much of a fan of the character other than in his Ultimate incarnation (also penned by Millar), although I will admit to a smidgen of interest in why hes apparently chosen to ally himself with S.H.I.E.L.D. and the pro-registration crowd in this conflict. Whether this plot strand is a big tease for next issue, and the God-among-men will actually act as a detached mediator is difficult to predict at this point, but Im sure itll definitely have readers coming back next month to find out. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shawn Hill Jul 23, 2006

    What we get from Millar is an interesting series of early scenes, though two of them completely restate TChalla and Stephens positions from Illuminati; and one whopping big grand finale that is a laudable cliffhanger (if its one thats been overused in several books lately). But in between is a fight scene that alternates between incoherence and brutality. Hercules (of all people) comes off better than anyone else in the melee, while Jans comments grate incoherently. She complains about Stephens stupid house (its the Sanctum Sanctorum to you, lady!) and implores Yellowjacket NOT to grow in the middle of battle (what else is he good for then?). How come Stature and Black Goliath and Atlas can grow all they want, but never poor Hank? At least we get a gratuitous Spidey buttshot on page 18. Thanks for filling in for Spider-Woman this month, Pete. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Sacks Jul 23, 2006

    I want to go through this comic page by page to point out the atrocities and idiocies, but that wont serve any sort of purpose. Like the comic itself, fans are really of two minds on this book. Some love it while others despise it. I despise it. I hate the cynical and depressing world this comic presents. I hate the Steve McNiven art that never gives a reader a simple establishing shot. And most of all, I hate to see the Marvel Universe become a dark and depressing place where heroes become enemies for no good reason. Read Full Review

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