Civil War: The Return #1

Event\Storyline: Civil War Writer: Paul Jenkins Artist: Tom Raney Publisher: Marvel Comics Critic Reviews: 4 User Reviews: 1
4.5Critic Rating
3.0User Rating

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Dave Wallace Jan 26, 2007

    Tom Raney's artwork is decent, conveying the tone of Jenkins' writing even when he isn't given anything particularly spectacular to illustrate. The Captain Marvel story is suitably downbeat and serious, capturing the shock and concern of Marvel's friends at his reappearance in their lives, and recreating his last days in a couple of panels which really evoke a sense of the classic Marvel Universe (the deathbed scene in particular, in which Marvel lies on his bed surrounded by the pantheon of MU heroes, is a very evocative image). The Sentry story allows Raney to illustrate some more traditional superhero action, and I enjoyed the lighter colouring by Crossley, which allows the back-up to function as a counterpoint to the darkness of the main story. However, the artwork can't make up for the flaws in the writing, and there's a definite feeling that this issue would have been far more enjoyable if Jenkins had taken a full 22 pages to explore Captain Marvel's return, rather than taggin Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Jan 29, 2007

    After reading this one-shot, I was left with one nagging question: what was the point? The latter story, featuring the Sentry and his struggle to decide which side of the superhuman civil war to support, seems completely redundant when one considers another writer explored the question in New Avengers and that we've seen the Sentry side-by-side with Mr. Fantastic and Iron Man in the core Civil War title itself. That means we're left with an extended and rather unimaginative fight scene with the Absorbing Man, resolving with the stereotypical revelation that the Sentry has too much power for the villain to leech from him. The main story, though, is the one that's going to have comics fans talking... at least longtime readers familiar with the dead hero returns in these pages. I suspect many will scream that this story mars a rather poignant story of an atypical but rather human death in the Marvel Universe, but what strikes me about it is how unnecessary it is. The connection to Civil W Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Kevin Powers Jan 25, 2007

    While the writing and artwork may be worth the price of this issue, the plot and overall impact on Civil War is not worth the price, unless of course Captain Marvel does something in Civil War #7. If this issue was reissued as Captain Marvel #0 with Sentry back-up story, I think it would be much more effective. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jason Sacks Jan 29, 2007

    I suppose that any comic that quotes a shampoo ad cant be expected to be great. But this comic is just wretched. Mar-Vell cant go back to his grave soon enough for me. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Ryan Jan 3, 2020

    Awful comic. Huge retcon as the original Captain Marvel is resurrected. Then you have the Sentry, who’s also in this issue, as he’s basically a walking retcon. No story whatsoever: just 2 separate monologues by 2 characters who have no right to be in the Marvel Universe at all right now

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