Civil War II: The Oath #1

by Ryan.L on January 26, 2017

Writer: Nick Spencer
Artist: Rod Reis, Phil Noto, Raffaele Ienco, Szymon Kudranski, Dono Sanchez-Almara
Colorist: Jeff Dekal
Publisher: Marvel Comics


Civil War II has finally come to a close but there have been some tragedies. Tony Stark is no more and his body lies in stasis at S.H.I.E.L.D.. Carol has the support of the world but not among her peers. 

This issue we see Captain America travel to see Tony's body. We get a very long speech from Cap telling Tony how he knew this would happen. He also has stepped up to become the leader of S.H.I.E.L.D. with and expanded authority of law enforcement, mass surveillance and resource allocation. A lot of our heroes are dealing with the outcome and even Captain Marvel seeks the ear of Captain America but her belittles her down to an over looked sibling.

I found that this issue was written and laid out really well. What I didn't like about it was how pompous Captain America was. One of the biggest revelations in this issue was that Cap is Hydra and now Hydra has total authority. While Marvel would want you to get excited for how they are going to shake things up, those long time readers are going to notice that they have just turned Captain America into Norman Osborn. There is nothing new being delivered to us, this is just Dark Reign all over again so instead of calling it Secret Empire lets not be delusional, and  lets call it Dark Reign II.

The house of ideas has now seemingly ran out of ideas. Civil War II was a disaster and one of the worst events in Marvel history. Now with an ever growing need for something original to boost Marvels sales we are going to head into not a new event, but one we've been through before. This recycled gift from Marvel does come with some fancy new wrapping, but it is going to be the same gift from many years ago. 

As well as this issue was written and the art being as incredible as it is, I can't give it a very good rating. It's just not delivering anything new to us and causes me to continue to be dissapointed. 


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