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Civil War: Front Line, Vol. 2 (Civil War: Front Line #2)

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  1,999 Ratings  ·  47 Reviews
The lone survivor of the team that caused the Stamford tragedy has been found. But living through one of the worst superhuman disasters in history may be the worst thing that could happen, as this vilified hero is placed under arrest for the deaths of an entire town.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published May 23rd 2007 by Marvel (first published May 9th 2007)
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Jul 22, 2016 Julia rated it it was ok
Shelves: marvel-comics, 2016
2.5 stars

This was noticeably less fantastic than Civil War: Front Line, Vol. 1.

So most of the plot points introduced in the first one are resolved here despite how anticlimactic almost every one of those points was. The historical flashbacks that I found so endearing in the first one just became monotonous in this sequel. I often found myself just waiting for it to be over. Until this one thing with Robbie Baldwin/Speedball happened.

I always felt bad for Robbie because he was treated like he w
Alex Ristea
This one is a step up from Civil War: Front Line, Vol. 1 because there are a lot more reveals as the arc concludes and we've spent more time with the characters. But again, it was good; not mind-blowing.

It all happens concurrently with the events in Civil War, though it's not impossible to keep track of.

I still would rather read them this way than issue-by-issue hopping around between all the tie-ins.
Oct 06, 2013 Gavin rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Volume 2 of Front Line continues right where the first left off. Ben Urich and Sally Floyd uncover startling revelations about the causes of the Civil War, who's running things, and why, and cover both sides of the conflict. Robbie Baldwin continues his journey from Speedball to incarcerated pariah for his involvement with Stamford, and we watch the transformation he undergoes until we see what he becomes near the end of the book. Wonder Man's involvement with spying for SHIELD takes a turn for ...more
Apr 07, 2011 Anne rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
I thought this was better than book one. For one thing there was less of the overly dramatic poetry and real-life crossovers. I also thought the twist at the end with Tony was cool.
May 15, 2009 Chloe rated it it was amazing
Shelves: not-owned, comics
It seems that a lot of reviewers don't really care for the Front Line series, but I thought it added a necessary depth to the overall Civil War story arc. A look at the Superhero Registration Act from the point of view of two regular human reporters and many great debates about security vs. freedom and whether the two are mutually exclusive.
Kyle Warner
Mar 07, 2016 Kyle Warner rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Front Line Vol. 1 but I think I actually liked Vol. 2 even more. While all the heroes are beating each other up, Front Line makes the Civil War storyline into a political conspiracy thriller. It’s really cool, really well done.

One of my issues with the Civil War event is that many of the stories (including the central one by Millar) don’t exactly reach the most satisfying conclusion. Front Line is the exception. While the other hero tie-ins make way for the central story only to
Feb 16, 2016 Adriana rated it really liked it
An excellent follow-up to the previous volume in terms of escalating the plot and resolving most major plot lines, this is perhaps the best volume to finish the Civil War story with.
Bryan Pope
Apr 24, 2012 Bryan Pope rated it really liked it
There is nothing more aggravating when reading a story than having to trudge through the middle to get to a good end. This is the way that I feel about the whole Front Line side story of Civil War. The story could have been reeled back by at least 4 issues and I would have felt okay about it. The thing was that (in my opinion) they wanted this story to travel from before the beginning of Civil War to the very End. And doing that make it weak for me. Too much filler to make it enjoyable. I'm givi ...more
Jim C
Sep 18, 2015 Jim C rated it really liked it
This continues the stories that we saw in the first volume. We get continued coverage of the two reporters covering the Civil War, the evolution of the hero formerly known as Speedball, and the reason behind the explosion of the Atlanteans.

I enjoyed this collection more than the first one. If you are looking for action driven plot this collection is not for you. This collection explores the reasons and motivations of the characters. I believe that I enjoyed this collection more because of the ex
Mar 18, 2015 Hrishi rated it liked it
This was a letdown after the great start that was Civil War: Front Line, Vol. 1. I thought this would be the catharsis for the Marvel event as we get into the shoes of Speedball, and as we get some analysis of goings on from Ben Urich and Sally Floyd, intrepid reporters.

I could sort of make sense of the Speedball story "The Accused" and how it ended. Clearly, his transformation into Penance will unfold outside of the event in the wider Marvel U. I can't honestly say I liked the end, but I'm will
May 15, 2016 Ryan rated it really liked it
So the Front Line plots seem to be all the best of Civil War, as they actually show the normal citizen's dealing with the fallout of the superheros. "Embedded" following the two reporters is easily the best of the best as it weaves every other story in and out.

My one complaint though? Why wasn't any of this actually touched in the actual Civil War story? The two reporters discover secrets that would've affected the overall outcome of this giant, all-over-Marvel plot. The story of Speedball-turn
Dec 28, 2014 Nicole rated it really liked it
Recommended to Nicole by: Jamina Fritts
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Feb 19, 2016 Phillip rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, comics, marvel
This should be read following the main Civil War storyline and Front Line, Volume 1.

The stories that began in the first volume are wrapped up here. "Embedded" was not quite as strong as it was in the beginning. I still enjoyed it, but the focus definitely shifted and a traitor is revealed on the pro-registration side. The ending was nice for Ben Urich and Sally Floyd. I wasn't impressed with "The Accused" in the first volume of this series, but the progression of Speedball is much better here. I
Aug 15, 2015 Matthew rated it did not like it
I gave Volume One of Front Line *** solely on the strength of Ben Urich as its lead character. In the second volume, he slips into a supporting role, and I can't really find anything redeeming about it. The stories proudly fly everything horrible about the Civil War event up a flag pole. There's a "twist" at the end that is only surprising because it was SO telegraphed that it was hard not to assume it was a misdirect, but no, they were simply plodding toward the obvious. Once again, Iron Man an ...more
Dec 29, 2013 Astrid rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
A good follow-up to Vol. 1, though not quite as strong. "Sleep Cell" was the less engaging of the stories, appearing quite late into the volume, while "The Accused" remained the most engaging for the enthralling societal questions it raised.

I must admit I was quite confused by Sally. Several comments she made in Vol. 1 gave me the impression she was against the SHRA. After she's told her reaction is "predictable," she does a 180, even skipping out on an interview with Captain America in favour
Holden Attradies
Jun 06, 2016 Holden Attradies rated it really liked it
This was an amazing read and a REALLY great edition to the Civil war story. The addition of civilians view of war was needed to flesh it out. The view of how the police department deal with all this helped flush it out even more. And everything about Speedball/Penance was breathtakingly beautiful.

The Speedball/Penance story was my favorite by the way. As a human who has made many mistakes in his life and felt great guilt for them I totally appreciated where the character was coming from. While I
Sep 07, 2007 Brad rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, marvel
Front Line is the main ancillary miniseries of Civil War. It's weird that the seven-issue miniseries has an 11-issue side series... but whatever.
Paul Jenkins packs 3 overlapping storylines into the series. "Embedded" follows reporters Ben Urich and Sally Floyd (who Jenkins created in Generation M, a previous Marvel crossover) covering Civil War. Speedball, who inadvertently caused the tragedy that led to Civil War, stars in "The Accused." "Sleeper Cell" shows U.S.'s budding war with Namor's Atla
May 17, 2016 Colm rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I'm only giving volume two four stars because I was highly suspicious of the conclusion and Floyd's rant at Captain America was a load of crap. The conspiracy was really well constructed and I found the reveal fascinating but Urich's and Floyd's response to it rang hollow to me.

The conclusion of The Accused with a few issues left bothered me too. That was what I was reading for a lot of the time.

I was also disappointed that the war poetry was dropped.
Dustin Johnston
Jun 18, 2016 Dustin Johnston rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, 2016
My Rating - 3.5 Stars

Volume 2 is a lot stronger than Volume 1. There were more reveals and more events with dire consequences. I now see why this mini-series was necessary as it added context and depth to the Civil War as a whole.

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Brad McKenna
Dec 05, 2015 Brad McKenna rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Each issue begins with comparing The Civil War with another war in history. A little highbrow, but it works in most cases. This volume follows Sally and Ben, two reporters trying to write on the war. It also brings the Atlanteans into things. Norman Osborn,too, becomes a pawn.

The ending, even if you're read The Civil War collection itself, is a bit surprising and well done. Though, I'm not sure I like what they did with Speedball. Interesting, yes, but not really my taste.

All-in-all, this book
Huh. Kind of a summary one most of the whole series seen kind of from the perspective of reporters Ben Urich and Sally Floyd. But the whole thing was too confused. There were bits of brilliance here. And perhaps once I've read the whole series I'll appreciate it more. The transformation of Speedball into Penance was pretty good. I didn't run into this character until a couple years after these events, when he was an instructor at Avenger's Academy.
Stewart Tame
Mar 25, 2015 Stewart Tame rated it really liked it
Hmmm ... well, the ending was a tad disappointing. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but it wasn't that. I did like the resolution of the Speedball storyline, but the identity of the mysterious traitor seemed a bit too out-of-character. Overall, this was an excellent series; I just wish it had ended better.
Feb 10, 2016 star_fire13 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel
Phew! Alright! I am done! There was a lot of side stories and characters that I just didn't care about. For that reason, I'm looking forward to the movie, because it'll probably adapt and distill the main parts into a bite-sized manageable package haha
May 27, 2016 Sylvester rated it really liked it
Volume two continues the separate story arcs from the first volume, intermingled with the main Civil War story, Front Line offered more insight to all the characters but I hated how Sally Floyd changed a bit of her mind, despite how she hated paying her tax.
Timothy L Maguire
Pretty dark

Well, I never really all that much cared for Iron Man and here they prove he would have no problem turning on his own for what hem thinks is the greater good! Such ego!!!
Apr 07, 2014 Matt rated it it was amazing
Really good. It felt more like a novel than a comic book. Loved it. Great characters. And the ending was insane. A must read.
May 08, 2012 Ryan rated it liked it
Shelves: justok
The characters are fairly well written. But I don't understand why they took two books to write what could have been fit into one. To stretch this concept, three different plots are layered on top of each other. While this works for some stories, this just felt jarring. They actually run comparisons to real wars in world history, which to me comes off as a little insulting. Both of the lead "everyman" characters chew out Captain America and Tony Stark, on several occasions. This feels redundant ...more
Jane Blake
Mar 11, 2015 Jane Blake rated it it was ok
Nada impresionante hasta ahora... espero y sigo leyendo con el deseo de que mejore.
Zoe Summers
Dec 26, 2015 Zoe Summers rated it it was amazing
The twist in the end....AMAZING
Jan 16, 2016 Sonja rated it really liked it
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Paul Jenkins is a British comic book writer. He has had much success crossing over into the American comic book market. Primarily working for Marvel Comics, he has had a big part shaping the characters of the company over the past decade.
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