In case you forgot or we haven’t covered it enough here, Marvel Studios has a little film called Captain America: Civil War hitting theaters on May 6th. To capitalize on the excitement of that movie, it’s little surprise that Marvel Comics would launch its own miniseries event to coincide with Cap 3‘s release in the form of Civil War II. Which isn’t really sequel to the first Civil War mini way back in 2007. Or related even tangentially to the Cap 3 film. But hey, they both share the words “civil” and “war” in the title, so that’s something.
Nevertheless, Civil War II #1 hits comic book shops on June 1st to kick off the event. Sorta. Before that date, readers will have already had a taste of the story in the Free Comic Book Day special and Civil War #0, both released in May. Those types of issues always tend to be filled with background information that, strictly speaking, isn’t totally necessary to understanding what goes on from issue 1 onward. In theory. So, you should probably be okay starting with issue 1. Probably.
In case you don’t have the opportunity to read either of those issues prior to the kickoff in June, here’s what we do know: An Inhuman is found with the ability to predict the future. The superhero types split into two factions: those who want to use the Inhuman’s power and those who think it’s a poor decision. Captain Marvel leads the folks who want to make use of the ability; Iron Man leads the crew who thinks we should leave well enough alone. The choices for those who fall on which side seem a little skewed to me; for instance, I don’t see Steve Rogers siding with the crew wanting to use knowledge of future events, lest that power corrupts.
Regardless, we’ll learn more about the ins and outs of Civil War II soon enough. In the meantime, check out these preview pages to sate your appetite for not-so-civil warfare.
Civil War II #1, written by Brian Michael Bendis with David Marquez on art, hits stands June 1st from Marvel Comics.
From the official issue description:
This is it! War comes to the Marvel Universe this June as the Earth-shattering comics event of 2016 comes to comic shops with a jam-packed double-size issue! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your exciting look inside CIVIL WAR II #1 – from chartbusting creators Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez! The fan-fave creative team that brought you Invincible Iron Man join forces once more to bring you a tale of hero against hero – and a Marvel Universe divided in two!
Ulysses – a young Inhuman with the power to profile the future has emerged. His new abilities send shockwaves through the superhuman community. Divided amongst themselves, will they use Ulysses to prevent danger before it happens? Or should they allow the future to unfold unaltered? As his new powers send shockwaves rippling across the Marvel Universe – battle lines will be drawn. Do you stand with Iron Man? Or will you side with Captain Marvel?
Will the heroes of the Marvel Universe wield the power of “predictive justice” to change the future or battle to protect tomorrow? Battle lines will be drawn. Lives will be changed. Heroes will fall. The comic book event that will have the world talking kicks off on June 1st in the double-sized CIVIL WAR II #1!
Plus – don’t miss two opening salvos of CIVIL WAR II this May! Head to your local comic shop on Free Comic Book Day for an exciting prologue to Civil War II by Brian Michael Bendis & Jim Cheung. Then, pick up CIVIL WAR II #0 by Brian Michael Bendis and Olivier Coipel – on sale later that month!