Writer: Mark Millar
Penciller: Steve McNiven
Inker: Dexter Vines
Colorist: Morry Hollowell
Published by Marvel Comics on August 2006
It’s already past few days since the last issue and Superhuman Registration Act has found its way to become a law. The superhuman community has been divided with Falcon, Daredevil, and Luke Cage on Cap’s side and Spider-Man, suprising so many people, revealed his identity to the public and sided himself with Iron Man.
This issue actually not a really bad one. It has a kinda nice pacing, good dialogues, and a kinda great artworks. But the plot for this issue is simply too convoluted. It seems Millar wants to tell too much information and too much stuff until he’s confused on how he should put all of the stuff in 22-pages.
It also feels a lot of stuff left being unanswered in this issue and requires us to take a look at numerous tie-ins to get a proper understanding what is actually happening in this issue. We know who is supporting Cap and who is supporting Iron Man, but we don’t have any idea what has happened to them. We know Reed Richards has been developed a secret project called Area 42, but we also don’t have any idea about what is it. And the biggest problem from all of it is Spider-Man’s identity reveal. The process doesn’t mean anything to the reader unless you see The Amazing Spider-Man tie-ins.
I also find the unmasking of Spider-Man quite interesting. This is the first time in comic book history Spider-Man reveal his identity to the public. It’s a big chance and as we know it also affect various interesting event in the future publication. But I still don’t get it why Spider-Man should make a kinda stupid public reveal when other heroes only need to reveal their identity to S.H.I.E.L.D.
And just like what I have said previously, other than the plot problem this issue is a good one. Mark Millar have tried his best to give the readers all the basic information required for them to understand the plot. Steve McNiven also provided a top-class artworks throughout the issue.
The plot is a little bit too convoluted for a cozy readers. There are packing too much info with only little explanation in this issue. Probably if you can spread this whole stuff into two parts, we could actually get a proper introduction to the clash between heroes.