Monday, August 15, 2022

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Civil War: The Return + Iron Man: Hypervelocity

Civil War: The Return

The Superhuman Registration Act has affected virtually every Marvel character, violently dividing friends, teams, and even families.

Unfortunately, the introspective tales in this one-shot do very little to advance that Civil War storyline, and despite the dramatic title, provide very few surprises.

In the title story, a younger version of the long-dead Captain Marvel (the cover gives away the secret…) conveniently falls out of a hole in Time. Still destined to eventually die of cancer, but now sadly aware of it, CM’s reappearance and adjustment to this leads into a new ongoing series. This story does little beyond revealing the actual how of his return, which perhaps could have been better told in that series than here.

The backup story examines the Sentry’s reasons for complying with the Act, and putting himself under government control. Since his choice was seemingly covered in the New Avengers, there are, again, no surprises.

Iron Man: Hypervelocity

After all the traumatic events happening because of the Civil War—not to mention the House of M, Avengers Disassembled, and Decimation—this high-tech, high-speed mini-series is a welcome change of pace for the Armored Avenger. Sporting yet another all-new suit of armor—with a secret unique feature guaranteed to make heads reel—Iron Man gets caught between the ultra-tech weapons of S.H.I.E.LD.’s special “cape-killing” units and the bleeding-edge technology of insurgent “cyberdrug” robo-ravers!

Of course, dodging supersonic LMDs and trashing ballistic missiles is pretty much an everyday occurrence for him, but it’s still enough of a distraction to leave Tony Stark—the man behind the armor—vulnerable to a much deadlier weapon… when a mysterious and beautiful woman (ain’t it always?) uses a cybervirus to insinuate herself into his heart, mind, and circuitry, it looks like this armor might be the last!

From his secret Rocky Mountain refuge 9200 feet above the world, Joe indulges his passion for comics and other alternate realities, including his own. A long-time writer for ComicBase, his name is a veritable pun generator. You can e-mail your questions and suggestions to Joe at

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