I’m not yet sure how I feel about Civil War II. Sure, some of the tie-ins look like they could be interesting. Ms. Marvel disagreeing with her hero, Captain Marvel, should be good. The idea that All-New Wolverine and Old Man Logan might take different sides could be fun. Captain America and Iron Man being on the same side this time round is a nice change. I intend to read at least the first few issues of the event, but if I’m not impressed, I’m dropping it. I’ve read too many events in the last few years to bother with one that’s just ok. Anyway, let’s take a look at Civil War II 0.
First off, I’d like to talk about the art by Olivier Coipel, because it’s utterly fantastic. The opening page in the Court Room is complete with a great variety of people seated in the room, great lighting effects, plenty of environmental detail and She-Hulk front and center. Her expression shows her professional attitude hiding her frustration that her case even exists. The incredible level of detail continues throughout the entire comic, whether it’s Colonel Rhodes in the White House Situation Room with the detailed monitors glowing in the background, the new Inhumans at a University, Captain Marvel overlooking New York City or She Hulk later hopping onto the Shield Hellicarrier. Justin Ponsor’s colouring is also excellent. Everything is bright, colourful and almost picturesque at times.
Brian Michael Bendis’s writing is good for the most part. Through their scenes, the general opinion of She-Hulk and Captain Marvel are well explained, and it’s made clear what sides they’re most likely to pick in the coming Civil War. Although these scenes are exposition heavy, their personalities do shine through. That said, this is mostly a setup issue and besides the ending, not much actually happens in this comic. The ending also feels similar to the first Civil War event’s, except on a bigger scale and without the intent. It works fine for what it is, and the characters involved could be good characters, but there isn’t anything special about their personalities just yet. I’m not yet sure how to feel about this comic, and I’d need to read Civil War II 1 to decide.
My overall recommendation for this comic is to read it before you buy it. At the very least you should look through it to see Coipel’s fantastic art. The story itself is mostly a prologue, and it’s hard to judge the quality of the writing until more of this event releases. That seems to be a common trait with events written by Bendis. There’s a chance that Civil War II will be good, but for now it’s just that, a chance.