Civil War II: The Oath Review

Written by Chris Micieli

Cover Rank: 5/10
Nothing extraordinary here. Just a split screen of the two heroes that the Civil War II storyline was based on. If there is anything the cover does well it shows the frustration on the face of Captain Marvel. This war was taxing on her and the illustrators did a good job of capturing that. It looks like she’s been to war.

Best Variant Issue
There’s only one variant available for this issue, and if there were more none of them would have compared to the one Rafael Albuquerque created. If the original cover did a good job showing the toll the war took on Captain Marvel and the frustration she’s feeling, this cover shows the opposite. We have the scales of justice in the foreground with Iron Man sitting on one side, Captain Marvel on the other balancing each other out, with Captain America gazing upon them in the background. But it’s the way Iron Man and Captain Marvel are sitting on the scales that really hits home. They look like two children who have been scolded and placed in time out. Danvers almost has the legs pulled up to her chest in shame of what has occurred between the two of them. Iron Man is hunched over looking good in her direction as if saying “I’m sorry”. If the two of them are the children, then Captain America is their parent with the scolding look on his face. It’s a fantastic alternate cover.

Best Moment
Towards the end we get a great speech by Captain America as to why Iron Man has failed on so many levels, the biggest of these being failing to connect with the American people. For years superheroes have lived in luxury (especially Tony Stark) and there has been a huge disconnect between heroes and regular civilians, and it’s true. While Civil War #I didn’t capture this feeling, the movie did, and it’s great to see Marvel recognizing that these battles their characters are getting into have repercussions on regular people. Sure, comics are to suspend reality for a little while, but Marvel has been making their stories more true to life than ever before and they need to realize the actions of their heroes will have an impact on the general public if they are going to go that route.

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What I Like
When Civil War #I concluded it was followed by an Oath issue just like the one we have here. In that book we had a dead Captain America lying on a table while Iron Man sits next to him talking to his dead body. It was a powerful issue and one that is still talked about today. Marvel tries to capture lightning twice by doing it again and in many ways they succeed. However, this time the tables are turned in more ways than one. This time it’s Iron Man lying on the table, not dead but incapacitated and Captain America is the one who’s doing the talking this time. But is it really Captain America?

What I didn’t like
Marvel tried a little too hard to incorporate other Marvel storylines into The Oath and it’s unnecessary. It almost seems forced and like Marvel is begging you to go pick up other issues effected by the events of Civil War #II. They might be quick and don’t necessarily take away from the greatness of the issue but it felt like an ad was thrown in the middle of everything.

Ending: 9/10
Yea, it’s awesome. We know the Captain America talking to Tony isn’t really “Captain America”, yet the way he talks to him is just how the real Steve Rogers would talk. He is very honest and almost sweet. That is until the end. He shares with the immobile hero lying on a table a vision of what the future looks like, and it’s a scary thing.

What I’m Looking Forward To: If there is another Oath or not I’m not exactly sure, but one thing it will do, and has already done in some stories, is have a massive tidal wave effect on many other stories in the Marvel Universe. DC had their Rebirth last year to much critical acclaim. Marvel seems to be attempting the same and they are off to a great start.

Overall Ranking: 8.5/10

Variant Cover Art
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