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Civil War

(Civil War (Collected Editions))

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  1,877 ratings  ·  219 reviews


Iron Man and Captain America: two core members of the Avengers, the world's greatest super hero team. When a tragic battle blows a hole in the city of Stamford, killing hundreds of people, the U.S. government demands that all superheroes unmask and register their powers.
Paperback, First Titan Edition, 416 pages
Published April 2018 by Titan Books (first published June 6th 2012)
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Crazed8J8 Yes, it captures the majority of the story, but doesn't differ much from the comics (i.e. the ending is the same). It is abrupt, but don't expect to…moreYes, it captures the majority of the story, but doesn't differ much from the comics (i.e. the ending is the same). It is abrupt, but don't expect to hear anything that wasn't in the comic/crossover it was based on.(less)
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Steven Walle
This book wasn't bad. I will give a full review on a later date.
Be Blessed.
May 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't read comics or graphic novels so I'm not overly familiar with the happenings in the original formats and cannot judge this novel in relation to them. However, as a stand alone novel this was a very well thought out and executed story.
The story revolves around the introduction of a government act that requires all those with super powers to register with the government and to reveal their real identities. Iron Man is all for this and Captain America is completely against it. Various
Tim Moore
I didn't dislike the book. I enjoyed it--getting through it in just a few days. I'm a sucker for Civil War story arc, and enjoy the exploration of civil liberties with exceptional people.

That said, when reading the original (graphic novel) I felt that the story just sort of ended--like a Star Trek: Next Generation episode--bringing everything together at the very last minute. The ending just stops.

And that "stopping" seems even more abrupt in the novel. I would have liked to get into more of the
Not to start on a defensive note, but I like to think of my reading tastes as broad, varied or, I dunno, eclectic. Which is to say that, under the broad umbrella of sci-fi and fantasy, which I consume in moderation (yuck, yuck), I'm also willing, from time to time ... OK, more than willing, to purchase and read prose novels based on comic books (or, as we like to say since the late 1980's, graphic novels). Indeed, whenever I see prose novels featuring mainstream comic book characters, I'm ...more
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audibles
Much better than the Movie version
Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In 2006, Marcel Comics had a massive crossover storyline called "Civil War". When semi-trained young superheroes in a reality TV show failed to stop a supervillain from blowing up young children in Stamford, Connecticut, the government was about to outlaw the use of superpowers entirely. In an attempt to circumvent that, Tony Stark - Iron Man of the Avengers - negotiated a compromise: superheroes were to be registered with the government, and co-opted to work on behalf of the government and ...more
Jun 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Overall Rating: 4/5

"I want to do what's right."

As a fan of the Civil War comics myself, I think this book was a pretty good adaptation of the events. The differences between the graphic novel & this novel were not very major. Some details were tweaked here & there, but the package remains the same. With that said, although the book was really faithful to the seven-issues Civil War event (even all the dialogue!), I was quite disappointed that it didn't consider any of the tie-in issues
Corey Campbell
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dynamic storytelling at a breakneck pace, done with grace and style. Civil War is a tough story to adapt. Hell, I'm sure it was a tough story to write in the first place. But this novelization of what is quite possibly Marvel's best known event triumphantly succeeds at telling the story (And, let me tell you, it tells it really well).

Moore obviously did his homework, pulling in references to nearly every thread of story woven through the hundred-plus issues that make up this enormous event
Jan 24, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paperback, superhero
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May 10, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very good adaptation of most of the events from Marvel's Civil War sequence. Now, having said that, I'll admit that I am as one with Axl Rose in the opinion that we didn't need no civil war. For one thing, they were just re-hashing ground that they had already covered-to-excess with the mutant registration act stories in previous years. They even more or less acknowledged this by having the X half of their universe sit this one out. I didn't buy into the idea that any of the four main ...more
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read the comic books upon which this prose novel is based, so perhaps the author was simply putting down in prose form what was in the comic books. But I was very disappointed with this book. The premise of the book was excellent and had the potential to be very engaging. Unfortunately, a story that should have been treated with nuance was instead presented in stark black and white terms. None of the characters were very complex. The dialogue was horrible and full of cliches, and every ...more
Ankita Singh
Sep 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
I've been a Marvel fan for a while now, and though the comics and the movies are awesome, nothing beats the joy of reading about your favourite characters in your favourite medium i.e. as a novel.

Civil War was everything I expected it to be and more. It was exciting, fun and full of adventure. I hated that the Avengers had all turned against each other, obviously, but I loved reading the book.

The only thing that disappointed me a little bit was that the narration got a bit too monotonous at
Anna Matejka
I was never much engaged by this book. None of the characterizations seemed quite right; which sounds ridiculous and wrong because author Stuart Moore has worked on so many Marvel comics. Everything seemed only surface-deep, from the feelings of the ensemble cast to the action itself, and I kept waiting for more. There was so much to be had in this story, but I felt like nothing happened. It was all very unsatisfying to me.
Dec 03, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a good fun book, nice to pad out the graphic novel a little, but the ending is so sudden, and of course it doesn't deal with any of the aftermath either. This almost needed to be a series of books as the graphic novels for Civil War were plentiful. It is well written though, and the characters all feel true to their comic-book personas. Enjoyed, and I will read more of the Marvel novels.
The Civil War event is not without problems and I won’t go into too much detail here. Even though the pro-registration side was supposed to be in the right, they came across as overzealous dictators. Iron Man in particular felt like an outright villain by the end, and many readers still haven’t forgiven him for his actions. Even worse, the event leads directly to Spider-Man: One More Day. The less said about that butchery, the better.

That said, the first half of the event was kind of brilliant.
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: marvel-dc, audio
I had already read all the Marvel Civil War graphic novel collections when I discovered Graphic Audio's production. I was looking for upcoming Marvel releases when this popped up.

I don't normally listen to audio books because I can read so much faster. However, the ones I have enjoyed have had full casts, like this one. GraphicAudio also uses sound effects to enhance the story. I found it to be more like a radio show than "a movie in your mind," mainly because of the substantial use of a
Jesse Smith
Although I do not enjoy comic books or graphic novels, I do have a fondness for the super hero worlds. I am more DC than Marvel, but I know the heroes well enough that I thought I would enjoy Civil War.

I was right and wrong.
The introductory chapter (on which the rest of the story is built) is terrible. I'm not entirely sure what it means to be a hack job, but I think this would fit the bill. It was sloppy enough that I almost quit reading the book. Thankfully it ended and a better story began.

Aug 22, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Did not really care for this. I read a good chunk of Civil War when it was the currency of the Marvel Universe, when it was the big thing, the big crossover event - but that was a long time ago. I don't remember it like this. Some of the events have been re-shuffled to make this work as a prose novel, and that's irritating, not just because it's inconsistent with memory, but because it often doesn't work quite as well or makes less sense. Additionally, the illustrations seem to be simply ...more
Christina Busche
I've never been a huge fan of comic books. Although I love superhero movies, something about the comic book format got on my nerves. I never could really get into the story. So when I saw this was an actual BOOK, based on a comic book, featuring familiar characters from the Avengers and Fantastic Four, I was super excited.

That enthusiasm lasted through most of the book. It was much broader a scale than a movie, but hey, it's a book. That's what books are for! However, at the climax, the balloon
Jun 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good re-telling of the Marvel mini-series of the same name, the author had a lot of material to work with and did a nice job narrowing it down to a story that made sense. If you didn't care for the series, don't like super-hero books, or only read biographies or other boring stuff, this book is not for you.
M Hamed
Jul 07, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, urban-fantasy
i can't believe there is a mention and a reference to Rogue Moon and Larry Niven in a marvel book

and now this,

Tony took the object in his hand. Spider-Man peered in and saw what it was: an ordinary silver dollar.
“I…I don’t understand,” Tony said.
Daredevil half turned toward him. “That’s thirty-one pieces of silver you’ve got now, Judas.”
Mar 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great adaptation to the comic.
C.J. Bunce
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A new edition of novels based on Marvel Comics characters is being published beginning this month from Titan Books, including reprints of past novels as well as entirely new works. First in the series is Stuart Moore’s 2013 prose novel Civil War, based on the giant, 98-issue, comic book event from 2006 and 2007 (not a novelization of the Marvel Studios movie). The release of the novels is well-timed to capture new readers drawn in by Avengers: Infinity
Jan 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More fleshed out than the comic
Some thoughts while reading:
It is interesting how the book is starting out similar to the Civil War comic series, yet also has some significant differences. So far, it has expanded on the 'introduction' in terms of what Tony Stark was doing prior to the Stamford Incident. It also changes some 'smaller, yet important' subplots in the beginning stages of the book (view spoiler)
Longer review to come.
Sep 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Civil War," by Stuart Moore, is a novelization of the epic Marvel comics storyline that inspired the 2016 film "Captain America: Civil War." There are many differences between the comics' novelization and the film, however. The core is essentially the same--Iron Man and Captain America come to blows over registering superheroes with the government. That means that any superhero who registers is publicly known by their "real" name (no more secret identities) and is subject to direct government ...more
Dec 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cannot tell you how happy I was when I started this book, and how sad I was when I was finishing it - because I wanted more.

I am a big MCU fan, not a comic book fan. My Dad had discouraged me from reading comics at a young age because "it 'destroys' imagination". I kinda do understand his point. When we are reading a novel, we imagine the characters' appearance, background, the place and so on in our mind creating our own little world in our brains. But a comic already shows all of this to you
Jem Jones
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Certainly helped me see the Civil War event a bit clearer. (I have not read all the relevant comics yet, and - considering how many of the characters involved have their own comic series - I'm not sure I ever will.)

So, now I'm a bit more educated. I know a bit more about Civil War (there were more than 5/6 people on each side, who would have thought it??).
I know it split families - Reed and Sue Richards (Mr/Mrs Fantastic).
I know Spiderman started on Iron Man's side, but switched (he'd had
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My husband... is the main reason I am caught up on all of the marvel movies. I think that if I were single I would have fallen off once they reached “Iron Man 3”. But, this is not my life... I am UP TO DATE!

So because he is so in love with the movies, and as a young boy was an avid fan of the comics, we decided to read this together.

Even without the background that he had, I really enjoyed this! It was hard in some areas to keep up with who was who, but that’s where it came in hand to be
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STUART MOORE is a writer, a book editor, and an award-winning comics editor. Among his current writing projects are THE ZODIAC LEGACY, created and cowritten by Stan Lee and published by Disney, featuring an all-new team of teenaged super heroes in a series of illustrated prose novels and graphic novels; DOMINION: LAST SACRIFICE, a comic book series for Amazon/Jet City; and THANOS: DEATH SENTENCE, ...more

Other books in the series

Civil War (Collected Editions) (7 books)
  • Civil War: A Marvel Comics Event
  • Civil War: Front Line, Vol. 1
  • Civil War: Front Line, Vol. 2
  • Civil War: Captain America
  • Civil War: Iron Man
  • Civil War: The Amazing Spider-Man
  • Civil War: Peter Parker, Spider-Man
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“I am Ms. Marvel,” she said, “a registered superhuman. Real name, Carol Danvers. I’m here to assist you. Please stand back and allow me to—” Tony” 1 likes
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