Civil War was an Marvel event that began after a battle between Nitro and the New Warriors results in the death of 60 school children. In response the U.S. government tries to institute the “Superhuman Registration Act.” With this tragedy and the events that saw the Hulk go on another rampage (killing 26 adults and 2 children) the Act became necessary. Sympathy for mutants fell in public after M-Day, when 90% of the mutant population became depowered. The public support for the bill was 50%.
Tony Stark was against the act until the events between Nitro and the New Warriors. The public began to hate the superhero community. The New Warriors were called “baby killers,” and Hindsight (Carlton LaFroyge (Earth-616)) began leaking their secret identities, resulting in many of them being lynched. Human Torch was beaten into a coma outside a Manhattan nightclub. Many of the superheroes are apprehensive that they should become “civil servants,” or “Super cops.”
Captain America disagreed with the act claiming that ” heroes needed to be above direct government control, because when politicians could control the heroes, they could decide who the villains were.” What follows is a very interesting conflict that splits the superhero community. Ultimately we get what the event promised, a fight between the worlds greatest heroes. While it’s never in question whether any major would die, there was still concern about who would get harmed. The most important aspect of this event was whether you agreed with one side or the other. I was more on the Captain America’s side but I could see the other side as well.
I don’t really have too many series that I’ve followed to completion, but one that I did was Thor: God of Thunder. Written by Jason Aaron and Penciled by Esad Ribic, the series focuses on Thor and his encounter with Gorr the God Butcher. The series is part of the larger “Marvel NOW! (2012) event,” and part of the “The God Butcher” story arc. What initially drew me to this comic was the magnificent art style of Esad Ribic. The story tries to flesh out who the God Butcher is.
I found the story to be great from start to finish. It combined mystery and action with an interesting villain. The God Butcher is the opposite of what Thor is. He’s rather heartless and aims to destroy the world of Gods. The God Butcher feels like he’s a threat. Most of the time in comics you can predict the ending. Obviously, Thor will win, but reading the series allowed you to think that it wasn’t going to happen. The biggest problem with this series is the multiple timelines. Jason Aaron bounces occasionally back between them and it can be confusing (also the older Thor looks exactly like Odin).
The art of Esad Ribic is a really impressive. I lack the words to describe what makes his art so great but you have to decided for yourself. The color in this series is profound. Ive Svorcina appears to use pencils or watercolor (although it’s probably all computers) that give the pages a soft look. The contrast between the blues and reds are really impactful.
The Modern Age of Comics is generally considered to have begun from the mid-80’s to today. The age followed the Bronze Age and is noted for having more dark and complex stories and characters, like Batman: The Dark KnightReturns and Watchmen. Horror, Fantasy, Mystery and Science Fiction became more mainstream at this point. Alan Moore’s Swap Thing and Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman featured some elements from these genre’s. Many characters like Spider-Man, Iron Man, The Hulk and Wolverine got costume changes.
Antiheroes rose in popularity and characters became more sophisticated, focusing less on being good or evil but more nuance. In Marvel, Galactus became a force of nature that didn’t have any person malice towards the worlds he consumed. In 1996 Marvel declared bankruptcy resulting in “X-books” being cancel. However, with the X-Men movies being released in the early 2000’s and a new animated series, X-Men: Evolution the X-Men series increased in popularity. I believe that the Modern Age will end up being know for an increase of diversity. Heroes like Miles Morales and Kamala Khan will be one of the legacies of the Modern Age.
My favorite non-human race is the Inhumans. Mostly because I’m the most familiar with them and they have a lot of variation among their race. This variation exists both in their powers and how they look. Created by the Kree, the Inhumans are ruled by their King Black Bolt and Queen Medusa. They have a caste system, which is determined by the genetic development, physical and mental ability after exposure to the Terrigen Mist. Once an Inhuman is assigned to a place in society they cannot move in society.
Inhumans aren’t permitted to engage in racial combining. Crystal broke this rule when she married Quicksilver, a mutant. The Inhumans tend to isolate themselves from other races, but they have come into conflict with other races before. Black Bolt once declared war on the United States during the events of Son of M. The average lifespan of an Inhuman is 150 years, they’re greater than the average human in speed, strength and other physical abilities. However, most Inhumans being raised in a pollution and germ free environment they have a hard time dealing with Earth’s pollution.
Iceman is one of the original X-Men. Born in New York, Bobby first discovered his mutant abilities when he found himself unable to stop feeling cold. When a bully, Rocky Beasely orchestrated an assault on Bobby and his girlfriend Judy Harmon his powers finally emerged. The town of Fort Washington organized a lynch mob and broke into the Drake household. Sensing that the situation was becoming dangerous Bobby was taken into custody. Professor X discovered this story and sent Cyclops to recruit Bobby. He became the second member of the X-Men.
In the X-Men: Animated Series, Iceman was portrayed as a troublemaker that left the team after becoming feed up with Cyclops and Professor X’s rules. Iceman seems to have maintained his comical personality, often cracking jokes. Drake is an Omega Level Mutant. He can manipulate his external and internal body temperature. When his body temperature decreases, so does the surrounding moisture. Bobby has learned to increase his coldness allowing him to change from a snow like appearance to a more crystalline ice. He also has thermal vision, as well as cryokinesis (ability to generate, manipulate and fully control ice, snow and cold temperatures.) Despite being one of the original X-Men, Iceman is largely a minion character. However, I always found him to be one of the coolest (LOL) X-Men.