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The epic story that blows the Marvel Universe apart! Iron Man and Captain America: two core members of the Avengers, the world's greatest super hero team. When a tragic battle blows a hole in the city of Stamford, killing hundreds of people, the U.S. government demands that all super heroes unmask and register their powers. To Tony Stark - Iron Man - it's a regrettable but necessary step. To Captain America, it's an unbearable assault on civil liberties. So begins the Civil War. Based on the smash hit graphic novel - over half a million copies have sold in print and digital formats!

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31 internautes sur 36 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
What did I just read? 31 mai 2012
Par A. Moore - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I was intrigued by this when it was first announced, because I thought it would be fun to relive the event, and be able to delve into Tony and Steve's minds while their friendship became yet another sacrifice in the Civil War.

Yeah, that didn't happen.

I will fully admit that I don't read these comics for the sake of seeing superheroes fight. For example, the new Avengers vs. X-men event I don't even care about, because the fighting doesn't interest me. That's what Marvel vs. Capcom is for. I don't want that in my comics. I care about these comics because of the human element. I love these characters. All of them. This event is painful for me because of everything that happens between our heroes-- how one simple opinion splits years of friendship and adoration for everyone involved and causes a lot of senseless fighting and deaths. This is why I thought that a prose version of Civil War was such a great idea, because we could get a better understanding of just what happened.

Instead, what you get is a rushed version of the events, leaving out almost all the character development.

All the pivotal scenes between our two main characters were cut out of this novel. Steve and Tony, in fact, only are together three times in this novel: at the funeral, the first trap and the second trap. We never really see any of Steve's turmoil, and his decision to lead the resistance is kind of just assumed and never explored (I mean, because really, you know that CAPTAIN AMERICA has to have issues with breaking the LAWS OF AMERICA). And for all the lack of grief Steve experiences for having to fight against Tony, they could have been complete strangers in this novel. Gone is the "you gave me a home" heart wrenching sequence. For being one of the two main characters, Steve gets 2 or 3 chapters in this book from his perspective, while Tony gets a large portion of the book (I should also mention that Tony is Extremis-less in this, one of the many many changes). Steve, in the end, comes off as a little off his rocker, and made me question what happened to the character of Steve Rogers. Instead of being torn between both sides of the argument because of the main characters making valid points, I found myself being horrified by how the supporting characters were acting on each side, thus torn between which side would be the lesser of the evils. Not the same predicament I found myself in while reading the comics.

There is also a lot of Spiderman in this. A LOT. Too much, really, for not being a big factor in the argument (although Tony tries to convince the reader otherwise). In fact, Tony's relationship with Peter plays a bigger role than his relationship with Steve, which by the cover of the book, you really wouldn't think was the case. I understand that a lot of people really like Spiderman, but Tony discusses in the book why he thinks Peter is one of the most powerful metahumans out there. It was at that point in the book, I started to be leery of it, because REALLY? There are so many more powerful metahumans than Peter Parker. (I would also like to mention something that could be considered a writer's nit-picking, but during the Spiderman portions of the book, in the narration the word "Spidey" is used instead of "Spiderman." Daredevil is shortened to DD and the Fantastic Four is changed to FF. This would be fine if it was dialogue and would be Peter calling them these things, but it was the narrator, and it was only for Spiderman's parts, so it was really jarring to suddenly have it be so informal.)

The book starts well, with great intentions, but by the halfway point, I was a bit bored, and 3/4 through I was ready for it to be over. The only highlight of the book is ending it where it did, because it makes Tony's story look like it has ended on a high note. But those familiar with the end of Civil War (because this doesn't go all the way to the end), know that everything is about to turn sour for Tony.

If I could get my money and time back, I would.
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Decent idea - more please 21 novembre 2013
Par Culleton - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle
This is an interesting companion read to the trade paperback of the same title.

In case you're not in the know, Civil War was a major event in Marvel comics a few years back. It involved multiple comic titles, all tying-in and weaving in to the storyline. This novelisation is therefore also a tie-in to the story.

I was sceptical at first but I enjoyed the read. You do not need to read the comic but it helps, and the novel gave me a deeper understanding of what goes through the minds of the main protagonists, which are Iron Man and Captain America. Spiderman also plays a big part in the whole event, and also features quite a lot in this book, but other popular characters appear throughout as well.

This won't win any literary prizes, but it's an enjoyable read, and it's an easy read. Comic book fans, young and old, should be able to get into this, and is a great idea to get the younger generation picking up books.

I'll definitely be looking at more Marvel prose novels.
6 internautes sur 8 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Good prose novel, better graphic novel 29 mai 2012
Par Bloclullaby - Publié sur
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Mr. Moore did a good job in adapting Civil War into prose. Without comparing it to the graphic novel, Civil War was a good read. Even with all the changes, and whether it was Marvel or Mr. Moore that picked what to change, the story was still very entertaining. The dislikes are many as I was hoping the same continuity would be used in Marvel's new prose line.


-Explaining that Thor died
-New scene of Johnny/Susan meeting the Punisher
-I missed Hulkling impersonating Hank, but the new scene of Johnny/Peter/Susan opening the Negative Zone portal was a good replacement
-Susan smashing Taskmaster (a favorite scene from the graphic novel)
-Namor joining the final battle (I figured that would have been left out)
-Punisher scenes were pretty much the same
-Keeping the X-Men neutral (wished Iron Man would have tried to recruit Emma Frost/X-Men though, could have also mentioned O*N*E or M-day)

-Tweeting Young Avengers
-Removing Kate Bishop and adding Clint Barton (blame the Avengers film)
-Hawkeye joining Iron Man (c'mon, he even becomes Ronin and joins the New Avengers)
-Decreasing the role of the Young Avengers (no Kate, no Vision, no Hulkling infiltrating the Registration side)
-No Wasp
-No Cable (personal favorite)
-No Penance (Robbie was never mentioned to have survived)
-Inclusion of Hermes and giving Hercules less scenes
-Matt Murdock as Daredevil instead of Danny Rand (added boring Daredevil/Black Widow interactions)
-No one realizes Nitro survives his explosions?? (No mention of Wolverine hunting Nitro and giving him to Namor)
-Secret War didn't take place? (Nick Fury is dead and not in hiding)
-Thunderbolts never existed before the Registration
-Changed confrontation between Spider-Man leaving the Registration (I liked him sneaking M.J. and Aunt May out of Avengers Tower)
-No M.J./Peter relationship? (Aunt May thought Peter was gay)
-Iron Man studying/manipulating Spider-Man's 'spidey-sense' (maybe it was part of Spider-Man's tie-ins, don't remember)
-Not including Cap's death!!

I also never felt that Cap's resistance made as much sense as it did in the graphic novel.
Why change the number of Stamford deaths, 600 wasn't enough to employ Registration? Just seemed odd.
Giving one characters lines to another is fine, but I enjoyed Hercules destroying Clor more so than Spider-Man.
Adding Clint and giving more scenes to Black Widow was annoying, I was waiting for the Hulk to join in (so maybe a World War Hulk prose).
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the Graphic Audio production is an excellent adaptation 14 avril 2014
Par Jem - Publié sur
Achat vérifié
I had already read all the Marvel Civil War graphic novel collections when I discovered Graphic Audio's production. I was looking for upcoming Marvel releases when this popped up.

I don't normally listen to audio books because I can read so much faster. However, the ones I have enjoyed have had full casts, like this one. GraphicAudio also uses sound effects and music/score to enhance the story. I found it to be more like a radio show than "a movie in your mind," mainly because of the substantial use of a narrator. The audience can't see the characters, so there is a lot of description of what people look like or are doing to set the stage. The voice actors are all very good, and I had no trouble differentiating between the various characters. The story flowed smoothly.

The full event encompasses 7 large hardcovers, so naturally a lot has been cut. Still, the adaptation is surprisingly faithful to the main event itself. Most of the cuts come from the tie-in material. Just as is the case with most book-to-film adaptations, the book is better. However, this audio production is excellent and a nice companion - even for those who have already read the graphic novels. I loved hearing the tone of voice when the characters were conversing; something you don't get with printed stories. At nearly six hours, this is a great option for long road trips. The story is a bit dark, so probably not good for the younger set but certainly teens and adults should enjoy it. Overall, this was very entertaining and I will definitely buy more titles from Graphic Audio, in particular the Marvel titles.

Note: this Audio book is still available direct from the publisher, Graphic Audio, along with other Marvel and DC audio productions.
Superheroes Spat While You Snore 29 décembre 2014
Par M. L. Asselin - Publié sur
Format: Poche
Oh, oh. The Avengers are in trouble.

Word is that the third and fourth installments of the critically and popularly well received 2012 live-action Marvel Comics Avengers movie will be a two-part story based on the “Civil War” graphic novel by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven. Judging from Stuart Moore's adaptation, a (text-only) novelization of the graphic novel, let us hope that it is only roughly based on this story.

“Civil War,” which is set in the “Marvel Universe,” i.e., the world in which the Marvel Comics characters all live (and there are a lot of them, including the Avengers and the X-Men), follows a violent split in the superhuman community after the U.S. Government, following a terrible superhuman-related explosion that kills school children, decides forcibly to register all heroes or face imprisonment. Captain America and his rebel allies face off against government-aligned heroes led by Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man, and S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Acting Director Maria Hill. (S.H.I.E.L.D. is a UN-chartered military organization that is somehow tolerated in the Marvel Universe's U.S.) The book's Agent Hill is not like the movie version; she is thoroughly unlikeable. You'll also read a version of Iron Man that you'll not love.

I haven't read the graphic novel, but I suspect that it works because of excellent drawing and creative interplay between word and art. In a novelization, one expects the author to translate the visuals into powerful and moving words. Moore writes credibly—there's surprising little cheesiness to a story involving characters with names like Hulkling and Jack O'Lantern—but he fails to build up dramatic tension or convey a convincing fight scene in words. In the book's climactic fight scene, for instance, he basically says that there are a lot of superheroes fighting in the air. Well, that's exciting, isn't it? Moreover, there's no character development and no pathos; I didn't care what happened to the characters. The burial scene following a character's death was almost comical, but not because it was deliberately so.

But beyond that, I think the entire concept is problematic: first, there are far too many superhumans in it to make the story more than a sketch at 340 pages or so (with large type at that). You'd have to write a tome as long as “War and Peace” to make sense of so many names flitting by (and even then Tolstoy had the good sense to focus on a handful of people). Second, superheroes sparring with one another has limited appeal. Beyond the “could Captain America take on Iron Man” sport of it, there's not much to like about characters you like fighting with one another, unless, perhaps, you're a divorce attorney. Anyway, we've seen this story before in a way, haven't we? It's like the fight between the X-Men and the Brotherhood of Mutants, except that we kind of don't like the latter group.

To make this “Civil War” idea really work, you'd have to create a truly compelling reason for a breakdown in trust that results in characters who normally are diehard friends to harm one another. It has to be like, well, the American Civil War, where brother fought against brother. And then you should have them reflect on the absurdity of it all, and yet keep them trapped within that absurdity. They know it's stupid to fight but they can't stop. Finally, you have to offer some sort of resolution that leads to healing. When you step back from it all, you then have to wonder, was any of that fun? At least, I hope that's what Marvel Studios thinks about as it prepares to film the “Civil War” movies.

My recommendation is to seek out the graphic novel or, better yet, wait for the movies. Either choice, however, will undoubtedly be more entertaining than this book.
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