Thursday, October 21, 2021

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Civil War: Thunderbolts + Civil War: Amazing Spider-Man

Civil War: Thunderbolts

Genre: Super-heroes

In a time when hero squares off against hero, where do the villains turned heroes known as the Thunderbolts fit in? When Iron Man offers Baron Zemo’s team a chance to round up lawbreakers in the wake of the new Super-Hero Registration Act, the Thunderbolts accept, but can they really be trusted? In fact, the pragmatic Zemo has his own plans, some of which dovetail with Iron Man’s, and some of which have loftier goals in mind. Zemo’s plan to capture criminals has less to do with ending the so-called Civil War than with saving the world.

Marvel’s Civil War event and its many crossovers had their downside, but one positive was to draw attention to underrated titles like this Fabian Nicieza and Tom Grummett collaboration. The trade paperback collects issues #101-105 of the series.

Civil War: Amazing Spider-Man

Genre: Super-heroes

In the wake of the Super-Hero Registration Act, vigilante heroes were given a choice: officially register one’s secret identity with the government, or be hunted down as an outlaw. Peter Parker made a choice that he thought was in the best interests of him and his family, but as the consequences of that decision escalated, he started to wonder if he was fighting on the right side. His decision, however, was too big to undo – and resulted in him fighting battles of increasing intensity against those he once called friends, both as Spider-Man and as Peter Parker.

This trade paperback collects Amazing Spider-Man #532-538 and features most of Civil War’s major players: Iron Man, Captain America, and many more. J. Michael Straczynski and Ron Garney collaborate on the storyline that truly changed Marvel’s flagship character, for better or worse.

Andy Richardson is a freelance writer and editor who has been reading and writing about comics for far longer than he can believe at this point. Andy can be reached via e-mail at Please use “ComicBase” as your subject line.

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