Today is the much anticipated premiere of Captain America: Civil War. It is the latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film features an ensemble cast with Chris Evans as Captain America and Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man. The plot revolves around the collateral damage from an incident involving Captain America and his team of Avengers. The government feels as a result of such incidents, superheroes need to be regulated to prevent harm and loss of life. Captain America believes the Avengers must remain free to defend humanity without government regulations while Iron Man supports the notion that accountability to the government is necessary to prevent further tragedy. Their opposing viewpoints create a division among their fellow Avengers, bringing both sides into conflict with Captain America’s friend, the Winter Soldier.
The film is based on a critically acclaimed graphic novel by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven titled Civil War which was originally published as a series from 2006-2007. It was a crossover event that impacted the entire Marvel Comics Universe. In the graphic novel, the government passes a Superhuman Registration Act following a tragedy where an entire town was destroyed by the recklessness of a superhero team’s fight with a villain. The death toll was very high and public outcry demanded action. Captain America, along with a number of other heroes, opposes the Act. Those who support the Registration Act are led by Iron Man and his faction of heroes. The theme of the story revolves around discussions about freedom and security. The story impacted the Marvel Universe as the fallout included the assassination of Captain America. (He came back by the way; no one ever stays dead in comics except Spider-Man’s Uncle Ben). This summer, Marvel is publishing a sequel, Civil War II. The 0 issue of Civil War II will be given away on Free Comic Book Day on May 7 at local comic shops.
Keep reading to learn how to find Civil War and other graphic novels at a library near you.
Graphic Novels and Libraries
Criticism, History, Origin
- Critical Survey of Graphic Novels : Heroes and Superheroes – Clayton State Library
- The Superhero Book : the Ultimate Encyclopedia of Comic-Book Icons and Hollywood Heroes – Clayton State Library
- Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic Novels – Clayton State Library
- Marvel Comics: the untold story by Sean Howe – Clayton State Library
- Comic Books Collection – American Memory, Library of Congress
- Watch Stan Lee talk about the evolution of comics – YouTube
Civil War: A Marvel Comics Event written by Mark Millar; illustrated by Steve McNiven
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