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This blog asked the following question roughly four months ago: Did Marvel learn from the mistakes of Civil War I? The answer to that question is a resounding “no,” and Civil War II: The Accused #1 further highlights that unfortunate point. As was the case with Christos Gage’s work on The Amazing Spider-Man and even Brian Michael Bendis’ on Spider-Man, fairly impressive writing is undermined by the story’s weak foundation.

Marc Guggenheim does an admirable job showing Matt Murdock’s role in the project, but editorial mandates will give many readers heartburn. In short, Marvel has planted the seeds for Civil War III. Sigh.

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Here is what you need to know for CWII: The Accused #1:

  • The Department of Justice has asked Matt Murdock to join its case against Hawkeye, aka Clint Barton, who killed Bruce Banner. The ace lawyer accepts the challenge.
  • Barton asserts that Bruce Banner gave him the means to the Hulk if he returned. He says he does not know if he did the right thing, but that he had “a reason and it was a good one.”
  • The trial starts and the judge seems to have her thumb (actually, her entire fist) on the scale in favor of Murdock and his team of federal prosecutors. Hawkeye’s legal team meets with Murdock and tells him there is a conspiracy to make sure the superhero winds up in prison. Matt is told that if he looks for the truth then he will find out that he is being manipulated like a puppet.
  • Daredevil breaks into the Department of Justice and comes across a meeting between a military general and federal prosecutor Evelyn Stanzler. The government wants Hawkeye in prison to give officials “political cover” to introduce Superhuman Registration Act II. A murder conviction will give them what they need.
  • Murdock shows up in court and withdraws the government’s motion to exclude Bruce Banner’s video diary from the case. He knows the move damages his case, but does so because he believes it will give Barton a fair trial.
  • Barton is ultimately acquitted. Most people believe Hawkeye did the world a favor.

The key bullet point here is the last one because people in the Marvel Universe would believe that a living and highly unpredictable nuclear weapon should be dead — especially after years of witnessing his destructive capabilities firsthand.

The government does not need to execute a successful conspiracy to launch Superhuman Registration Act II because the sound rationale for it never disappeared after it failed the first time.

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CWII: The Accused #1 makes the case (no pun intended), that nefarious forces need a conviction to persuade the public that it is time for SRA II, which is laughable. The only reason why some readers do not get the absurdity is because Marvel turned Tony Stark into a psychotic warmonger in Civil War I.

If you want to see Mr. Guggenheim do the best he can with the shoddy hand he has been dealt, then check out CWII: The Accused. If you are tired of seeing heroes fighting heroes — and one side always being portrayed as cartoonish goons — then hold onto your cash. Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows is looking like a must-read.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

11 comments

  1. I agree with Doug save your money and pickup Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows, which according to Comixology should be due November 9th.

    From what I’ve seen and the interviews I’ve read, it’s looking to be a GREAT read.

    1. “From what I’ve seen and the interviews I’ve read, it’s looking to be a GREAT read.”

      I was skeptical of Mary Jane having powers at first, but the more previews that come out the more I think they will pull this off.

    2. All I needed that it was Conway writing it, I knew it wasn’t going to be half ass job, Conway knows his stuff and I had every faith him to make this a great book.

      Oh speaking about the “other” writer this might interest you

      http://www.bleedingcool.com/2016/09/18/dan-slott-says-retailers-havent-ordered-enough-copies-of-clone-conspiracy/
      http://www.bleedingcool.com/2016/09/18/marvel-only-has-three-comics-in-the-top-30-comics-sold-in-august-2016/

      #16 ranked No.4 – #17 Raked No.32

      Oh can you believe what Marvel did in this weeks episode of Ultimate Spider-Man

      Be ready to face palm constantly

      1-Miles and Spider-Gwen are from the same universe.
      2-From the looks of it they combined Gwen’s universe with the Ultimate Universe where Gwen’s father is still around and is the police captain.
      3-Gwen took over the Mantle of Spider-Man after Miles disappeared.
      4-Gwen’s father doesn’t like vigilantes and tries to arrest her, Miles and Peter with robots.
      5-Spider-Gwen’s powers are tech based, some she acquired from her father robot programme.
      6-Gwen has a secret lair, secret entrance and everything, called the “Spider-Nest”
      7-Aunt May helps Gwen as support, by running the “Spider-Nest” and helping her with info through an ear piece, think Batman’s Alfred without the Butler bit.
      8-Gwen and Aunt May somehow can afford technology to monitor the entire city.
      9-By the end Gwen’s father does a complete 180, way too quickly, “yeah didn’t make sense to me either” about accepting Gwen being Spider-Woman after talking to Mile’s mother.
      10-And Mile’s mother goes back with Mile’s and Peter to Peter’s universe.
      11-Oh and Nick Fury pranked them when they got back, pretending that he didn’t know them. i.e. making them think that they were in the wrong universe.

      as I said be ready to face palm, which I was doing the entire time. So much so I got a headache.

    3. “Oh speaking about the “other” writer this might interest you…”

      Why would they have the “core” of the story not be in ASM? That’s pretty dumb.

      “Oh can you believe what Marvel did in this weeks episode of Ultimate Spider-Man. Be ready to face palm constantly.”

      Based on what you’ve shared, I’m glad that I’m not watching it. I think I would last about ten minutes before I shut it off. Heh.

    4. I actually just saw that episode of USM; it made me so mad. I’ve been reviewing the season and I’m gonna have a video review up tomorrow. I can share it if anyone is interested.

    5. Tell me about it to both.

      1st yes it’s a dumb move. and the 2nd, I wish I could stop, but it’s one of those things you can’t look away from. and the fact that I heard that the next few episodes might be Mary Jane centric.

      Oh again about Conway, here’s a difference between him and Slott
      when I came across his twitter account, I said quite harshly about my not liking what he did to Wraith, although at the time I didn’t realise I was. So when I did, I deleted my previous tweet and apologised for how and what I said and do you know what his answer was, a simple “no problem with a thumbs up” now had it been Slott, I am sure he would have GONE OFF THE RAILS on me I’m sure.

    6. Same with Ryan Stegman, asked him about Black Cat if she’s going to be part of RYV and if he’s any art. 1st time it sounded confrontational, never meant it to be, apologised, ask in the proper manner and not only did he forgive, he answered my question, which unfortunately was no art for her yet.

      and another this which was odd, I tweeted Nick Lowe a regarding if Silver Sable will be returning in Clone Conspiracy, stating that Rhino is alive and asking is she.

      and you know what, he replied

      She’s gone. 😦 Sorry, Animehunt!

      and quickly too

      the odd thing is, he’s never replied to any tweets I sent before, so why this one. To me it looks he’s pulling a fast one and there is something planned for her.

    7. man that sale list.

      Even the professional collectors (the people that are always ‘excited’ about what Marvel puts out no matter how bad it is, who I ‘m pretty sure are just buying and placing them in a bin….have given up.

      I guess it’s to be expected. These storylines are bad. On the X-men front you have a lot of people on the internet that loudly proclaim Bendis did a good book. These 20-30 guys sure are loud. They will be playing the violins on this titanic. If I were actually collecting that mess in real time, I would have burned #600 on youtube.

      There’s a small number of people that enjoy seeing a pulled-out-of-my-butt character like Angela do the SJW thing on a comic book. They even got her added to the Marvel Heroes game. They don’t buy the book though, just cheer it’s stupidity as it gets cancelled, on tumblr. The editors at Marvel are chasing that demographic. wow.

      I wonder if they know that a great majority of their audience no longer collects comics at all because they open one at a shop, read a few lines and say :”ewww”. I think a few more of those have opened some DC and said “I like that flash show!” and DC wants to make money more than it wants to shovel garbage.

    8. “Even the professional collectors (the people that are always ‘excited’ about what Marvel puts out no matter how bad it is, who I ‘m pretty sure are just buying and placing them in a bin….have given up.”

      If I were a serious collector, I’d say, “You know what, I think I’ll play it safe on anything with any Spider-Man story with ‘Clones’ slapped across the cover.” 😉

      “There’s a small number of people that enjoy seeing a pulled-out-of-my-butt character like Angela do the SJW thing on a comic book. They even got her added to the Marvel Heroes game. They don’t buy the book though, just cheer it’s stupidity as it gets cancelled, on tumblr. The editors at Marvel are chasing that demographic. wow.”

      Isn’t it funny how Marvel caters its product to people who probably just download it illegally each month? Meanwhile, readers like us — paying customers — are attacked by the writers.

  2. Can’t help but semi-not-hate Guggenheim.

    I think Arrow has gotten pretty awful lately, but he at least keeps his politics mostly out of it.

    Of course, he has the type of twitter feed that would lead him to massive rioting and bans if he were a republican. Must be nice to make a random liberal quip without fear of being fired. If only we were all that free.

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