Monday, September 26, 2016

Civil War II: Choosing Sides #6 Review and *SPOILERS* - Marvel Monday

There’s No Reason to Hide Anymore

Jessica Jones
Written By: Chelsea Cain
Art By: Alison Sampson, Jordie Bellaire

White Fox
Written By: Christina Strain
Art By: Sana Takeda

Nick Fury – Post Prologue Part 6
Written By: Declan Shalvey
Art By: Declan Shalvey, Jordie Bellaire

Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 21, 2016
Publisher: Marvel

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

The end is almost near! We have finally arrived at the final issue of Choosing Sides! Thank. Fucking. God. I haven’t hidden my disdain for this series at all and I still won’t. I’m happy that I no longer have to read this book after this issue. I’m happy that I don’t have to spend four dollars on an issue that one part may entertain me. Even if this issue turns everything around and I end up enjoying it thoroughly, I will be so pleased to never buy another issue of this series. Last issue did something that surprised me though. It made me legitimately enjoy the Nick Fury storyline that has been either terrible or a snore-fest this entire miniseries. In fact, I was even excited to see what would happen in this issue. Will it end on a high note? Will the other sections entertain me? Let’s find out.

Part 1: Jessica Jones

This section begins with Jessica Jones going through a car crash due to the fact that she was putting deodorant on while she was driving. She gets out of the car and calls the rental service and claims that she definitely chose to have the insurance. However we get a flashback in which she clearly states that she doesn’t need the insurance. Luckily for her, a policeman comes around and gives her a ride to where she is going. He knows about Jessica Jones and he knows why she is there. A boy named Ulysses is now working for Captain Marvel but that has been in secret. His hometown still doesn’t know what happened to him and there is even a missing poster. Jessica interviews the boy’s parents and then checks his room. Nothing is out of the ordinary. He seems like a typical kid but he doesn’t have any hidden porn. This is the one thing that she finds odd. Jessica goes to a local ice cream shop where she meets an old classmate of Ulysses, after a small talk, she brings her to her car and opens the trunk to reveal a stash of porn. She and Ulysses had apparently made a pact that they would remove any such materials if either of them went missing. Jessica then calls up Tony Stark and tells him that Ulysses is completely normal in most every way and maybe that can make him legitimately see the future objectively.

This section is boring. Nothing happens. We are digging into the past of Ulysses, a character that we as an audience still know very little about, and yet, we end up still not knowing basically anything about him other than he’s a normal kid. This tells us nothing about him or his life and honestly, nothing about this “revelation” is going to change Tony’s mind so I question why he even hired Jessica to go out and do this. I’m also not a huge fan of the art in this section of the book. Everything just seems a little wonky to me.


Part 2: White Fox

This section focuses on a Korean hero named White Fox who I’m not very familiar with at all. In fact, I think I can say that I’ve never read a story that featured White Fox. That may be from inexperience though. However, the issue begins with Ami Han talking with Captain Marvel and someone named Abigail Brand. The two are trying to get White Fox to join their cause and Ami Han is the only one in contact with the hero. Agent Han tells them that she will relay the messages to the White Fox and that they will have their answer in a week. Abigail Brand protests but Agent Han remains firm. Agent Han then makes a trip to a marketplace where we get a little more of a hint as to what her powers are. I think it was fairly obvious that Agent Han and White Fox are the same person and it would seem that she is able to talk to animals or at least very specific animals. One animal tells her about the grocer at the marketplace and Han is able to talk down the price of the food. Back at her home, Han is able to ditch her disguise and walk around normally until another one of her animal friends warns her about Abigail Brand trying to contact White Fox by going around Han. So, she invites Brand to join her for a sparring session. The two fight and discuss the current situation and it becomes very obvious that White Fox is the superior fighter. At the end White Fox informs her that she will not be taking Captain Marvel’s offer.

This section is a bit straightforward but very enjoyable. It actually did a very good job at introducing me to a character I knew very little about. However, as nice as the story was it just doesn’t compare to the quality of artwork that we received in this section. My God these pages are gorgeous. I’d happily start reading a White Fox comic if we received this kind of quality artwork every month. I’m legitimately blown away by it.


Part 3: Nick Fury – Post Prologue Part 6

This sections begins with Maria hill prepping for a new mission when one of her agents comes in holding an eye patch. We then cut back to Nick Fury who proceeds to explain everything that has happened in the last few issues with his story. All the things that we learned in the previous issue are once again told to us. However, S.H.I.E.L.D. now thinks that he is dead and he’s not sure if he shouldn’t just let them. He doesn’t blame them for the choice they made but he certainly isn’t happy about it. This is when we cut back to Maria Hill and Nick Fury says that he must return and on the eyepatch that Hill’s agent found there is a note that simply says “I’m coming in”. Fury continues his dialogue and begins his long journey back to S.H.I.E.L.D.

Are you fucking kidding me? This is how you end it? Granted, at this point, I shouldn’t be surprised by how little effort anyone is putting into this story but, REALLY? Half the issue is catching us up on what happened in the previous issue as if we didn’t read it or we didn’t read the small paragraph at the beginning of the issue that catches us up on what happened. All the more reason why this story should have been wrapped up in three issues. This is just awful. Basically nothing happens, except that Nick Fury taunts Maria Hill and then decides to return to S.H.I.E.L.D. This story had so much momentum from the previous issue but it’s all been completely wasted.


Bits and Pieces

Choosing Sides finally has ended and it really stuck to it’s original idea of being just godawful. Granted, the White Fox story was enjoyable and the art was unbelievable but aside from that this is another waste of our time and money. If you’re like me and you bought every issue, I’m sorry because clearly you must be feeling the same regret I feel right now.



  1. Good Lord but am glad I am not picking up these Civil War II cross-overs. They really do add nothing of substance to the story. Thanks for taking the time to review these cross-overs and filling us in. It helps me decide which ones to pick up from time to time when I change my mind. Lol.

    1. Happy to be of service. Even if you do change your mind, make sure to avoid this series. It was a chore to read.