Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
Art by: David Marquez, Justin Ponsor, Andrea Sorrentino and Marcelo Maiolo
Cover Price: $4.99
Release Date: November 23, 2016
Review by: Branden Murray
Civil War II has reached the ever important penultimate issue status. However instead of excitement we’re all left with a neutered story, limping to the finish line, with a melting bag of peas on its groin, all because Marvel Comics went ahead and decided to release new #1 issue’s spoiling the books ending weeks ago. I just feel like there’s just not much drama left to discover inside the pages of this story but let’s dig in anyway and hope my intuition is proven wrong … I don’t want to continue to question the reasons why I’m a completionist after all.
Our issue number seven picks up with Ulysses continuing his vision adventures from the previous issue we weren’t provided a glimpse of. This vision seems to be slightly different from the powers he’s previously displayed because only Ulysses seems to be affected, and now fully transported (in mind only) to a new world altogether. The group of Inhumans nearby, led by Medusa, looks on trying to get Ulysses attention, or even just an acknowledgement, all to no avail. The silent treatment eventually pisses Karnak off and he begins shouting at the new guy like your drunken relatives visiting on Thanksgiving.
Checking in with Ulysses and “new vision” we’re quickly provided a few key hints on his minds whereabouts based on art style changes. In this new mindscape vision Ulysses is quickly confronted by a savage Hulk however before a well-placed hair on Ulysses handsome head is damaged Old Man Logan comes flying in with the save dispatching the Hulk in question and confirming any and all seeded hints provided by the change in art. Ulysses begs the stubborn ol’ goat for some answers and while his initial attempts prove to be unsuccessful he does finally muster something out of Old Man Logan about Tony Stark and “pushing her to far”.
Back in reality Spider-Man sits on the steps of the Capital building. I guess this an attempt to make other characters see he won’t be subject to the whims of Ulysses visions, which depict him murdering Captain America, the Steve Rodgers one. The Capital building appears to be a popular spot tonight because its not long before Steve Rodgers himself decides to join Spider-Man. So now we have two heroes mocking fate in the eyes of those who use Ulysses powers to their benefit ... how could things go wrong?
This is the point of the story Captain Marvel decides to drag her bitter ass into the events at the Capital spewing the same arguments and lines she has all series long … it might be interesting if she wavered at this point in the story since shes done nothing but fail but we get the opposite here. As Carol approaches Miles to take him “in” she discovers Ultimate Spidey protected by a strange shield. At this point Tony reveals himself in the War Machine Hulk-Buster armor and Captain Marvel and Tony throw down again which is how the issue jarringly concludes without much happening as far as progress goes.
This should have been the final issue to mercifully end the suffering so collectors and fans can just move on with their lives; instead we’re treated to more of the same nonsense with a boring story. Literally people standing around who do nothing but spew poorly written political subtext. Toward the conclusion we do rush everything into another fight yet again because I suppose something has to go on the cover worth selling issues and make you want to buy the stories conclusion but this event could have easily ended here and should have.
The art continues to be well done but doesn’t add anything unique to the story itself. Pretty pictures aren’t worth suffering through the slog this event has delved into. The only points I award to this story, and the saving grace this issue, would be to the Old Man Logan teams appearance which is the only fresh thing found within the pages of this issue ... maybe the coolest thing Ulysses has done period since his inception.
Bits and Pieces:
Marvel fans deserve better than to be charged another $4.99 - $5.99 to read the conclusion to a delayed event everyone decided after the fact needed an extra issue. This was a penultimate bore and with the conclusion already spoiled in the pages of the Marvel’s Now! line of books I don’t see a reason for anybody to continue reading this story.