This Magazine Kills Fascists looks at times that comic books and superheroes have dealt with tyrannical, corrupt and outright fascist world leaders — not because we think we can find a solution, but because art can provide inspiration in the face of oppression.
Today, for absolutely no reason at all, we're going to talk about the time a violent and unqualified businessman was raised up to a position of global importance and how he used it to give his unqualified criminal friends jobs, swindle America and was ultimately brought down by his own fragile ego. Like I said... no reason at all.
Civil War #1 arrived in May 2006, and the Marvel Comics Event in Seven Parts took over the entire line for close to an entire year and was arguably Marvel’s biggest and most successful event to date. There had been events before, such as Infinity Gauntlet, Acts of Vengeance, and House of M, and line-specific events had been a staple of the X-Men since the mid-80s, but Civil War was a new level of huge.
Peter Parker’s decision to unmask was national news, and now any time a hero is killed, or resurrected, or gets a new costume, it goes straight to USA Today. Civil War is just as culturally relevant in 2016 as it was ten years ago, with Captain America: Civil War arriving in theatres in a couple of months, and Civil War II by Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez due in May from Marvel.
It still feels like it was just yesterday that Marvel asked us “Whose Side Are You On?”, rather than a whole decade, and Marvel has stuck hard to its event formula in those ten years. Now we have event comics twice a year, and each time we’re told everything will change forever. Let’s look back at the past ten years of Marvel Comics events.
ComicsAlliance writers Chris Sims, David Brothers and David Uzumeri sit down for a roundtable discussion about the newly released "Siege #4. WARNING: SPOILERS FOLLOW.
Laura: Kick it off, David.
David U: Brian Michael Bendis and Olivier Coipel's "Siege" is the capstone to a five-year event cycle beginning with Bendis's "Avengers Disassembled," seeking to bring the rapid-fire onslaught of status quo changes to the Marvel Universe since then to a close...
Over at their Previews World website, Diamond has exclusively posted the edited solicitation text and cover image for Marvel's "Siege"-related "Fallen" one-shot. The solicitation's interesting it that it appears to be the full piece, with three pieces of information scrubbed: the full title, the writer and the character being eulogized as "a universe comes together to mourn ...
Conventions: After years of non-committal shrugging about the complaints by organizers that San Diego Comic Con has outgrown the current infrastructure of the city, San Diego has suddenly turned into that mop from the Swiffer commercial over the idea of losing the mega-convention when in 2012, and most especially its 125K+ crowds...
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