Civil War: The Confession

I haven’t been paying much attention to Marvel’s Civil War story, because I’m not interested in this type of mega-crossover superhero event, and I was disappointed by how badly an intriguing premise was wasted. These days, I find it significant only for what it says about how comic business is currently done, especially the interactions between publisher, distributor, and retail outlets.

So I was surprised, when flipping through one of the “oh, darn, we ran out of space, let’s put out another one-shot to tie up loose ends” comics, to find something I could agree with the writer, Brian Bendis, on.

Iron Man from Civil War: Confession

Yep, that’s Iron Man saying “It wasn’t worth it.” I know that the writer is attempting to bring some emotional weight to the much-promoted death of a major character, and I feel sort of scuzzy repurposing his work, because inside the fictional universe, I agree with Iron Man. But I couldn’t resist — since it sums up the burnt, jaded feeling that so often accompanies such a major superhero comic promotion.

Creators and companies are much better at the launch and middle of such things than they are at endings… and it’s a side effect of the serial format they’re wedded to, that you don’t ever want the ride to stop. But it has to, or you can’t get the feeling of excitement again at a new start. True endings, periods of reflection, are necessary for good literature.

2 Responses to “Civil War: The Confession”

  1. anirban Says:

    Couldn’t agree more.

  2. David Oakes Says:

    Doesn’t the sentiment work on both levels, though? All three even?

    On the personal level, Tony feels it wasn’t worth it. “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” And all that jazz.

    On the political level, we have the SHRA, which Tony fought for. But he realizes that the cure may be as bad as the disease, since now everyone fears Supers just the same as the “mathematically certain future” he and Reed calculated.

    On the publishing level, Marvel has it’s EVENT! But at the end of the day, can they actually do anything with it? They can’t allow it to end, even if they have the plans and/or the ability. But can they keep up this level of interest without winnowing away at all their major properties?

    Me, I am more than happy to follow the adventures of Starlord and his Cosmic Unknowns than to waste my time being shocked by, well, they really have nothing left, do they? Even “World War Hulk” isn’t about morality, just spectacle. Wolverine as peace loving Hippie? I mean, where do they go from here?




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