Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Civil War II and other events

So, another event has ended and another begun...

In the Marvel Comics Universe, we saw a second Civil War erupt, this time between Iron Man and Captain Marvel, and their respective supporters. The cause? A new Inhuman with the ability to predict the future. So, his predictions enabled the heroes to save some lives. Captain Marvel wanted to use his powers to stop crimes and life threatening events before they happened. Iron Man just wants to allow the future to unfold. 


Now, Captain Marvel's idea seems reasonable. Except, some of the predictions are wrong, but the Captain keeps going anyway. Do you see the dangers here? The idea of arresting someone before they commit a crime is wrong. But, ignoring warnings of global catastrophe is just as wrong too. 



Now, the story was written well and the art was fine. I can't help feeling that this was a creative stretch. Of course, Civil War II wasn't over before Inhumans Vs. X-Men gets going. Really? In all honesty, it seems to me that elements from both events could have been combined, and would have made for a better story. Dare I say that with some planning, it could have been a most excellent read! Instead, we get two mediocre events. CW2 was an okay read and IvX is just boring so far.



This is a problem with the current Marvel Universe. Too many events. They lose their impact. They become boring. And Marvel often fails to explore a new status quo left behind by an event before launching into the next. And every event has to change things, be shocking, etc... Why can't we get an event where a group of heroes from different teams get together to take on a group of villains, and the worst consequence is that someone gets bruised up a bit? In other words, just a good adventure without it having to have "lasting" consequences, etc... 

DC isn't too much better. They don't quite have the on-going event mindset that Marvel has right now, but DC still produces their fair share of events, big and small, during the course of a year. Both companies should dial it back a bit. In fact, take a year off! Give your fans a break. Let them enjoy the rhythm of their regular books for a bit before you interrupt it all with another event.

I do like events. I was a teen-ager when Marvel's Secret Wars (the original!) and DC's Crisis On Infinite Earths (the best ever!) came out. They were exciting! Now, events have become such a regular thing that the fans don't care that much anymore. 

Well, that's it for my opinions on the subject of comic book events. I like some, and I'm bored by others. Comment and let me know what some of your favorites have been.

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