Marvel’s “summer” event, Civil War II, is finally over with its eighth issue! Or…is it? Brian Michael Bendis’ conclusion to this hero vs. hero tale “ends,” but not before warning readers that they are in for more good guys beating the tar out of good guys in 2017 and possibly beyond.

Anyway, check out my latest YouTube review and let me know what you think in the comments section below. As always, make sure to like and subscribe if the format is up your alley.

And, if you’re going out this weekend for New Year’s Eve festivities, then have fun but stay safe.

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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.

5 comments

  1. Great video! On the surface, this “Civil War 2” event was like a child that has only superhero toys because his mom didn’t buy him any bad guys, and he decided to bash them together for 8 hours in the best storyline that his grade-school mind could come up with to justify why Spider-Man is fighting Captain America.

    But beneath the surface you can see the messages Marvel are trying to get across. You said it perfectly at the end of your video how these writers and artists have a message they want to push, and it is an agenda that they all agree upon. So they take their superhero toys and exclude the actual villains to push their points across, and make the superheroes the bad guys because they have a twisted world view.

    I don’t think they wanted to make a good story, or had anything deep or meaningful to say, they just wanted an event comic to make money and saw an opportunity to yet again shove their moral relativism and skewed vision of the world into a lazily cobbled together sequence of events that given even a second of critical thought make no sense.

    And given some of the scores and reviews I am seeing for this issue and the event as a whole, people seem to at least be recognizing the lack of effort and creativity put into it. I hope that at least some can see the effort at subversion put into it as well and all of the comics put out by Marvel in the future. Just like any type of art, comics can have deeper things to say and the perceived trivialness of the platform doesn’t negate the message they are trying to convey, nor it’s power and reach. So I do hope people start to wake up and see the messages Marvel is trying to convey, realize the faults of them, and see that these messages are prevalent in most everything they do. I would at least like readers to be aware of what they are actually reading and being influenced by.

    Now some random thoughts:

    -I like how Ulysses turned into Poochie from “The Simpsons” at the end of this mess.and left earth because the universe needs him.

    -That panel of Miles and Tony is really, really blatant, like to the point where the hand positions and exact body poses matches the statue almost to the letter. I get what they were trying to do, but they could have at least changed it up just a little.

    1. “Great video! On the surface, this ‘Civil War 2’ event was like a child that has only superhero toys because his mom didn’t buy him any bad guys, and he decided to bash them together for 8 hours in the best storyline that his grade-school mind could come up with to justify why Spider-Man is fighting Captain America.

      But beneath the surface you can see the messages Marvel are trying to get across. You said it perfectly at the end of your video how these writers and artists have a message they want to push, and it is an agenda that they all agree upon. So they take their superhero toys and exclude the actual villains to push their points across, and make the superheroes the bad guys because they have a twisted world view.”

      Are you trying to convince me to send you another “Doug Prize” in 2017, because comments like that will get you one. You’ve provided a scorching observation, Carnage707. Seriously, good job. Impressive.

      “Comics can have deeper things to say and the perceived trivialness of the platform doesn’t negate the message they are trying to convey, nor it’s power and reach. So I do hope people start to wake up and see the messages Marvel is trying to convey, realize the faults of them, and see that these messages are prevalent in most everything they do. I would at least like readers to be aware of what they are actually reading and being influenced by.”

      I was just telling my brother earlier tonight that I love my job, but in many ways I find this blog and now the YouTube channel more fulfilling. I do both in my spare time, but it’s always rewarding when I can essentially see the lightbulb go off in a reader’s head. Many times it becomes obvious to me that they have never heard an opposing point of view that was articulated in a way that punches through years of inculcation via the education system, the entertainment industry, and the mainstream media.

      “I like how Ulysses turned into Poochie from “The Simpsons” at the end of this mess.and left earth because the universe needs him.”

      Zing! Haha!

      “That panel of Miles and Tony is really, really blatant, like to the point where the hand positions and exact body poses matches the statue almost to the letter. I get what they were trying to do, but they could have at least changed it up just a little.”

      Thing thing is, artist David Marquez may have had good intentions — and I’m inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt — but the reality is something much different when one considers how Tony Stark and the rest of the heroes have acted throughout all of Civil War II. These men and women have gone off the deep end, and then suddenly they’re likened to Christ and the Virgin Mary? It’s disrespectful to Michelangelo and the Christian faith, and that’s putting it nicely.

    1. “So hey, I looked and I was finally blocked by Dan Slott. I don’t remember if said that before, I only just noticed now.”

      It was only a matter of time, brotha. Haha! Take it as a badge of honor. 🙂

      The greatest Slott-blocks are the ones where the individual can’t even remember saying something that would warrant a block. They’re like, “Wait, what? I didn’t even argue with the guy. I didn’t swear at the guy. In fact, I don’t even know if I’ve ever tagged him in a tweet. Weird…”

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