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Civil War: Marvel Universe

(Civil War Collected Editions)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  2,372 ratings  ·  82 reviews
Civil War is encompassing the entire Marvel Universe, and the effects of the war are being felt by every hero, villain and civilian. In Civil War: Choosing Sides, five stories shine a spotlight on the wildcards and impact players whose part in the Civil War has yet to be told - including Daredevil/Iron Fist, U.S.Agent, the Irredeemable Ant-Man, Venom and even... Howard the ...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published June 20th 2007 by Marvel (first published May 16th 2007)
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Dec 22, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, marvel
This collection seems to be just some issues that couldn't be collected anywhere else. About half of the stories were good, but the other half I had no interest in. I guess it's nice to see Howard the Duck make an appearance, but his story was actually what made me push this down to a two instead of three star rating. ...more
So this book is going to represent ALL the Civil War comics (since there isn't one book on goodreads for them all and I am totally not commenting on and putting each one individually on my lists). I have all the comics digitally so I'll pop back on here once I finish them all.
See you on the other side.
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, superhumans
Really just a bunch of stuff thrown together. The only thing here that interested me at all was the Howard the Duck story, that was at least amusing and did a better job of exposing the absurdity of the SHRA than any of the "serious" stories. ...more
Christian Smith
Apr 07, 2017 rated it liked it
5/10 Stars

"years ago, you were forced to make a decision that would change the world. You chose to be a hero. Counteract the poison. Be on the side of the pure."
Jake Martin
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Solid character driven story where both sides are given ample opportunity for the reader to fully appreciate both sides of the conflict and where each side is coming from.
Nov 11, 2014 rated it liked it
To start with, I am not a comic book reader. I’ve read a few manga but after my failed attempt to read X-Men Apocalypse, this is my first full attempt at a comic book arc. I cannot comment on sketches so my focus will be on the story. I know next to nothing about comic books. I only know these characters from Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Civil War was a nice experience. There were some good things and there were some bad things in the arc. I read the whole set including related comics such as Black
Rasheem Johnson
Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
Once again I'm reminded why I read DC and NOT marvel comics.

In civil war we have superheroes pitted against each other on an issue that's so one sided you have to wonder how they're even arguing. Iron Man is OBVIOUSLY correct. Perhaps reading this comic in 2015, when our own police has become militarized and lacks accountability, has skewed my view of the issues. Still think I'd be hard pressed to even entertain Capt. America's stance.

Superheroes protesting to not be registered by the governmen
Emmanuel Lightbourne
Story was awsome and drawings were epic, but the collection is too short and you know the end is really just the beginning here. Nonetheless great effort, looking forward to getting the rest of the books to get some context here.
Andrew Galbreath
Nov 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Very good but uneven collection of side stories from the Civil War arc. The first part is fairly meandering until the Howard the Duck section, which was entertaining. Most of the book is slice-of-life or one-shots involving different Marvel characters. The best ones are "The Return of Captain Marvel," which is short but one of the more emotional stories, "The Decision," since I always enjoy stories involving the Sentry, and the big final story, "What If Civil War Ended Differently?," which is th ...more
Blake Coats
May 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: owned, superheroes, comics
The first 4 collections weren't particularly eventful or interesting, and didn't add to much extra value to the larger Civil War story arc. Although the last part covers 2 what-if scenarios about how the grander Civil War story could have been different - and that part alone was VERY good and is worth checking out! ...more
Jack Conley
Oct 06, 2020 rated it liked it
it was a good read just the problem with was the character roster in the comic. But i did love the story and it was corny but emotional .it's good to have in an collection so i'll rate it a 3. but to add on the movie was better. ...more
Sep 02, 2017 rated it liked it
It was good, but it was just a bunch of random stories and some of them weren't even that good. Some of the stories didn't even make sense. Eh I don' really care. ...more
Nadine Jones
Mar 14, 2018 rated it did not like it
I'm not really sure why I put this on hold at the library (maybe because I saw Brubaker's name?) but I did, so I read it, and it was really random, just sort of a bunch of pages bound into one book. ...more
May 17, 2019 rated it did not like it
May 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
Yes, I'm currently reading a comic book. Since it's theoretically 120+ comic books and actually a fairly intelligent discussion on what civil rights are and what it means to be "a good guy" and how thin the line can really be between "good intentions" and "bad policy", I think it counts as a book. I'm going to treat it like one anyway.

I'm about 40 comics through the series, which is excellent so far, I'll write a more complete review when I'm done.


I'll admit, I was really disappointed in
Annette Jordan
Apr 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
The big one that asks the big questions- should people with special powers register and be held accountable for their activities or should they be free to keep their identities secret.
A good read with some really cool artwork
Following an explosion with high civilian casualties this very issue has come to the fore, with it now being a legal requirement for those with powers to register. On one side Iron Man, pro registration as he sees it as a way to keep doing good without the risk of being ban
Cooper Crawford
Mar 08, 2015 is currently reading it
So It starts off as a team of hero known as the knew defenders have a reality tv show to show how real heros act they to try and stop a threat which they fail causing a bomb to go off killing a bus of innocent children which causes the hero registration act to make heroes turn over their masks in order to keep the city safe. Many heroes turn over their masks to save the city and other think the Ideas think it outs a bigger target on the heroes themselves endangering the lives of all. When the ac ...more
Sep 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2006-civil-war

Choosing sides is intended as promo for other series. So quick previews kinda suck. Kirkman's Ant-Man is most memorable, jus cuz it's so different. The Iron Fist one is good, but I think it's collected in the Iron Fist TPB anyway.
In The Return, Sentry seems out of character, I just kept thinking 'why is he talking?' With Iron Man and Mr.Fantastic there, they can handle it.
Maybe cuz Bendis has made him into a unstable yet controllable loon. Then again Jenkins created him. Anyway it's another
Ozy Ali
May 12, 2015 rated it liked it
The story starts out full of feels. Lots of interesting characters are affected in very real ways. Being a fan of marvel over the years, the trauma that Peter Parker goes through is definitely something that weighed heavy with me. However, reading a mound of side comics of characters I've never heard of, nor have any interest in, made this a bit cumbersome. I have to say, when you have the flagships going, the Captain, Iron Man, Spiderman(my favourite), then the writing is great, the art is fant ...more
Alex Flynn
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
It's an interesting premise but it doesn't develop from their, and in the end devolves into incoherent fighting with poorly identified sides. After reading this I learned that this was a major arc across multiple series and the problem may just be this collection doesn't have enough of the stories to make much sense. It posits a good central conflict for a civil war between heroes, with neither side too obviously right or wrong (although they do make some pretty bad decisions) but after that set ...more
Jul 21, 2008 rated it liked it
Basic Premise: A collection of shorts surrounding the Marvel Civil War.

Should superheroes register with the government to do their thing or not? That is the great question of the Civil War. Iron Man leads one side and Captain America the other. No matter which side you feel is stronger morally, it's an intense fight on every front. That said, this collection is a bunch of side stories that aren't really part of the main plot. As a result, there are all kinds of spoilers for the events of Civil W
Stacey Marie
Apr 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Although I love Civil War, I don't understand why anyone would want this particular collection in print instead of just reading the entire series. Those just trying to get into it will be lost and confused, and worst of all missing huge important plot points that give meaning to these individual spot lights. They will also spoil the story a bit for those who intend to go back and read the whole thing. People who've already read Civil War in its entirety obviously wouldn't need to read this as th ...more
Stewart Tame
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
A fun collection of Civil War-related one-shots. I'd give this only three stars, except that the She Hulk and Howard the Duck stories were lots of fun, worth an extra star even. She Hulk also gives us Paul Smith on the art. I've been a fan of his work since his X-Men days, so this was a treat. Howard the Duck had Ty Templeton writing, and I've been a fan of his work since his Stig's Inferno days. Good stuff! The rest of the book is pretty generic superhero fare, not bad, but not especially memor ...more
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a selection of short stories focused more on personal reactions to the registration act, and I happen to like that about it. Many stories set up other series, but also dealt with the crossover. There were a few characters that I had previously felt were on particular sides for no reason, and this dealt with some of those. The Howard the Duck story was a good fit as well, both for the event and for his history. This definitely doesn't stand alone, but if you have read other parts off the ...more
Megan M
May 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
Easily the most unnecessary of all the Civil War collections. A highly disjointed collection bringing together the Civil War stories of some fringe characters like She-Hulk, Daredevil and Howard the Duck. The She-Hulk story was pretty good, but the rest was disposable. If you're a fan of one of the included characters, you might want to flip through this collection at the library, but I would not suggest purchasing this collection. ...more
Naomi Ruth
I had mixed feelings, but I think that's because I don't know enough about the world yet.

And I'm still not sure how I feel about the duck guy. But. Despite it being super weird, I think it was one of my favorite sections. It was just so. Absurd. And America. And the US Government. And the craziness of humans. I'm. I'm just not sure what to say.

But definitely some artwork that had me stroking the pages.
Jun 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comic-books
I only gave this two stars because of the art and somewhat annoying trends I saw in Civil War (complete comics).

(Now that I see Robert Kirkman did art for it I need to find which one that story was and look at the art again too.)

As much as I love Iron Man, he was too much in each story. Yes, I know he's a reason why the Civil War storyline for Marvel is the way it is, but at least give focus to others.
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Marvel Civil War storyline was an epic, far-reaching plot and was full of action and fast-paced plot. At times, some of the tie-ins were less than fantastic, but stand-outs include the Amazing Spider-Man line, and the base Civil War 5-issue series. One of the better crossovers Marvel has done. Highly recommended.
Yoga Pradipta
Jan 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: comic, superhero
The storyline is too scattered... They better not bring up some stories (howard duck, omega flight, dare devil/iron fist, captain marvel) because they're not effecting the story at all and floating without reason. although the beginning and the main story was good. And oh! Too bad they didn't dig deeper on she-hulk side story. ...more
Annemarie Donahue
Pretty good, I gave it a "really liked it" because I did but the ending left a bad taste in my mouth. Also too little use of the XMen and too much Tony Stark/Capt. America personality conflicts. I was not surprised at Reed from Fantastic Four being a prick, he always kinda sucked. This was a good series and I liked it, but ultimately the ending feels weird and to me, fell flat. ...more
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Brubaker is best known for his work as a comic book writer on such titles as Batman, Daredevil, Captain America, Iron Fist, Catwoman, Gotham Central and Uncanny X-Men. In more recent years, he has focused solely on creator-owned titles

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