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Civil War II: Choosing Sides #5 Review and *SPOILERS* - Marvel Monday
Are We Done Yet?
Written By: Chip Zdarsky
Art By: Ramon Perez
Colleen Wing Written By: Enrique Carrion
Art By: Annapaola Martello, Nolan Woodard
Nick Fury – Post Prologue Part 5 Written By: Declan Shalvey
Art By: Declan Shalvey, Jordie Bellaire
Cover Price: $3.99
Released Date: August 31, 2016
*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*
At this point, this comic has become a chore to read. Even
the stuff that I end up liking a lot about this book is just tainted by the
stories that bog down the entire issue. Why this series will be six issues long
is a bit of a head scratcher for me. It seems rather clear to me that there are
only enough good parts to fill about 3, maybe 4 issues and of course, it seems
that the Nick Fury story could EASILY be cut down to fit into four issues. And
yet, it has been extended into a six issue series and it has suffered because
of it. There’s a part of me that legitimately believes that this series might
be truly loved if it was shorter but it’s not and now I loathe the day that the
final issue comes out. However, we aren’t there yet, let’s take a look at issue
5 and see if it was worth our time.
Part 1 – Alpha Flight
This part of the issue follows the members of Alpha Flight,
who are citizens of Canada. The issue begins with the team fighting a couple of
men and arrest them in Michigan thanks to a vision by Ulysses. The next scene
we see has Alpha Flight meeting with the leader of Canada, Justin Trudeau. He
voices his concern about using preemptive justice and he certainly doesn’t like
Canadian citizens being the ones that are carrying out these arrests. Alpha
Flight voices their point of view to him about how they support what Captain
Marvel is doing and they just wanted to talk to him out of respect. Trudeau
further voices his concerns before excusing them. Later that night, Trudeau is
visited by Tony Stark and the two put on their pads and begin boxing. The two
argue a bit while they trade blows and eventually Trudeau hits Tony and knocks
him on the ground. During this boxing session, Tony was voicing his concerns
and Trudeau agrees with his concerns. However, while he thinks that Captain
Marvel is in the wrong, he also believes that Tony is wrong as well. There has
to be a middle ground.
It certainly was very interesting to see an actual world
leader to appear in this comic and he actually came off very well, however as I’ve
said before this is a debate about what people should do with the main
character eventually saying that there has to be some kind of middle ground.
This is a story from Civil War II that we’ve gotten again, and again, and
AGAIN! Not only have we gotten it from Civil War II, we’ve gotten it in this series
before. At this point we’re just repeating ourselves every couple of weeks. Not
only is it boring but it’s a waste of my money.
Part 2 – Colleen Wing
This issue is more focused on Misty Knight than it is
focused on Colleen Wing but the issue is about an extraction of a man who can
locate people with powers. They are extracting him for S.T.A.K.E. which I don’t
know a whole lot about. Considering Dugan shows up later this issue, I’m
guessing they are a part of S.H.I.E.L.D. Anyway, the issue starts to ramp up
when the extraction team is suddenly being attacked by a woman on a motorcycle.
They attempt to get away but the pursuer easily is able to catch up. Turns out
the assailant is Colleen Wing which hits Misty pretty hard. Colleen is able to
easily get around other members of the extraction team but she stops to talk
with Misty. The two have been on the outs for a while but Colleen asks Misty to
help her. She needs the man that they are extracting in order to help her find
a missing child. We then cut to when Misty arrives at S.T.A.K.E. without the
man they were extracting. Dugan shows up and is obviously upset but Misty
simply walks away and tells them not to call her again.
The only way that this part ties in to Civil War II is when
Dugan drops Captain Marvel’s name near the end. It feels like a story that
someone was writing and then they just kind of threw it into this issue because
they have to reach 6 issues. In fact, I would happily bet money because I’m
certain that’s what happened to this issue. Don’t get me wrong, it was okay but
had nothing to do with the crossover. Even the bad parts of the previous issues
had some way to connect to Civil War II. Unfortunately, this issue does not and
once again feels like a waste of my time.
Part 3 – Nick Fury: Post Prologue Part 5
Of course, we get another part of the Nick Fury story which
really should have been wrapped up by now. We finally get a look at who Nick
Fury has been hunting this entire time as the issue begins with him confronting
him. The man turns around and it’s Nick Fury! The original Nick Fury! However,
the original Nick Fury is dead and it is quickly revealed that this is a Life Model
Decoy of the original Fury. This is why the shot in the arctic didn’t kill him.
The life model removes his eyepatch to show a massive bullet hole is all that
remains. The two quickly get into a fight and Nick Fury has a clear upper hand.
It’s at this time that the Life-Model reveals why he has been trying to kill
Nick Fury. It is because the Inhuman Ulysses had a vision that showed that if
Nick Fury goes on his next mission he will die, but if he doesn’t die
S.H.I.E.L.D. will no longer exist. So the Life Model is trying to save
S.H.I.E.L.D. and Maria Hill knows all about it. Nick Fury is able to easily
destroy the Life Model and the issue comes to a close.
You know when we needed this story? LAST ISSUE! As much as I’ve
hated the Nick Fury story during this crossover, this part was fantastic! This
is the kind of writing that we’ve needed this entire miniseries. It’s a shame
that it has taken so long to get to this point but at least we are getting it
at all. For the first time since this series began, I am looking forward to the
next part of Nick Fury’s story.
Bits and Pieces
Don’t waste your cash on this miniseries. It has been a
complete shit show for a long time and this issue isn’t going to fix it at all,
but it is nice that the Nick Fury story is finally going somewhere. I guess we
will have to see if the final issue can save this series. My bet? It won’t be.