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After the shocking events of the last issue, the characters in Civil War #2 have to deal with the repercussions.  Each side is suspicious of the other, and neither is willing to give any quarter to the opposing side.  The differences between the two increase as they seemingly march closer and closer to another war.  In the midst of all this, Tony Stark makes a shocking discovery that could shake everything about this domain to its very core.

Charles Soule’s story in this series continues to be absolutely full of tension.  After the first issue’s single setting on the bridge between the divide, this issue jumps back and forth from the Iron to the Blue multiple times, giving you a sense of each territory in this domain of Battleworld, and you really get the impression that there is absolutely no love lost between these two groups of people.  Also, there are some hints here that there might be some pretty significant events on the horizon, not just in this series, but in the entire Secret Wars event as a whole.  At times it can seem a little slow, but it never crosses over the line into boring, which is a great thing.  The series is more of a tension-building slow burn than an action packed slugfest.

Leinil Yu’s artwork is again some of the best in the event.  It’s both realistic and fantastic.  Also, the way he draws the differences in territories really adds another dimension to the book.  The Blue territory has a simple, almost desolate feel to it, which is a reflection of the simplicity of Captain America’s two rules; hurt no one, and help when you can.  In stark contrast, the Iron has the look and feel of a future advanced metropolis, which is exactly what you would expect from a territory that’s run by Iron Man.

Overall, Civil War #2 is not going to blow you away, but it is certainly an interesting read, and most importantly it’s also an entertaining read.  Coupled with a great artist who understands the setting of the story, this is one of the better tie-ins for my money.

The Verdict for Civil War #2:
4/5 – I can dig it.

Until next time,
Stay nerdy, my friends.

Upcoming reviews:
March of the Crabs, Volume 1: The Crabby Condition
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #3 (Secret Wars Tie-In)

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