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Civil War #5: Review

Oct 2015
Charles Soule, Leinil Francis Yu

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(No title given)

Review & Comments

4 stars

Civil War #5 Review by (October 23, 2015)
Comments: Part five of five parts. The Gray Hulk who was seen briefly throughout the series is here revealed to be Wolverine. And Venom was Clint (Hawkeye) Barton.

Review: SECRET WARS tie-in pretty much amounts to “What if the Civil War Never Ended?” The SW tie-ins were a combination of serious and silly—this one was Serious with a capital S. All the situations were handled nicely with author Soule thinking things through—leading to the Secret Invasion taking place in a divided America. The whole story has a suitably somber mood, and Leinil Yu’s great art matches the subject well. Not a lot to say other than that this keeps the WHAT IF? tradition alive, of having the alternate history be more depressing that the original.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Civil War #5 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Tony Stark and Jen Walters are trying to escape from the Skrulls’ lair deep in The Divide; Jen as She-Hulk vows to capture Skull Queen Veranke while Tony suits up as Iron Man to try to bring an end to this senseless war, provoked by alien enemies….

Above, the forces of The Iron, commanded by the Winter Soldier, are trying to kill Captain America who has offered himself as the bait to attract his enemies into the range of the Bellcurve device which will remove the powers of any super-being.…

When Iron Man appears over the battlefield, Cap has Hulk hurl him at the enemy leader and the two former friends battle in midair as Cap tires to kill his foe but Shellhead tries to explain about the Skrulls. Iron Man is able to blast Bucky, revealing the Iron commander to be a Skrull; Emma Frost arrives to put Tony’s knowledge of the alien enemies into Cap’s brain and the Super-Soldier stands down. Together they decide to detonate the Bellcurve device which will cancel Skrulls’ shapeshifting powers—but it will also depower any heroes within its range. Cap has Hulk toss the device down into the Divide but it fails to detonate. Cap and Iron Man must go down to set it off by hand. Emma Frost is able to put the same knowledge into the heads of every soldier on both sides of the conflict so that dozens of heroes dive into the divide to rescue their leaders Cap and Tony trigger the bomb, killing them, and depowering all the heroes on the way down. But the Skrulls are defeated.

Epilogue: Peter Parker and Jen Walters meet to talk over how the two nations full of former heroes are cooperating to their mutual benefit while wondering if Cap and Tony knew what they were doing….

Leinil Francis Yu
Gerry Alanguilan
Sunny Gho
Leinil Francis Yu (Cover Penciler)
Leinil Francis Yu (Cover Inker)
Sunny Gho (Cover Colorist)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)

(Jennifer Walters)

(Peter Parker)

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