There goes all my big words, but this book just sucks and I only read it so I can be able to criticize it on Cosmix Conversations, which I will miss this week due to watching the Ravens game (priorities).
This book screams to me about what is wrong with many comics and Marvel comics in particular. It is style over substance, it pretends to be about the national debate of security versus civil liberties and most of the characters are way out of whack.
This issue revolves around the fact the Reed and Tony Stark have cloned Thor. The cloned Thor is so brutal that he kills Goliath (the former Black Goliath). We find out Tony Stark had a hair of Thor's that he saved from years ago. Why, because he planned to clone Thor in the future? That part is not clearly explained. Also the fact the Marvel is supposed to be closer to the real world and we can assume that cloning regular people is a piece of cake and cloning gods is --- what just as easy.
Who the hell is Tony Stark and Reed Richards, they aren't the characters I grew up with. People are flipping sides with no strong rationale faster then you can turn the pages. Captain America calling Iron Man a pampered punk. More so he would say something like "I can't fall old friend, no matter what because you taken the wrong path." or something other then pampered punk.
How is the fan fiction story of all the heroes fighting each other framing the national debate on security versus civil liberties. How can Sue and Johnny just find the rebels? How can Tony all of a sudden decide that psychopaths and cold blooded killers are okay to fight against his friends (at the end of this issue he has Venom, Bullseye, Electra (who is running a Ninja group in Daredevil but is a prisoner??) and others as recruits to go against Captain America's group).
As for my point on style over substance, it took me all of five minutes to slowly read this book. The art is big and glossy and well done, but it is razor thin in really focusing on any true issue.
Plus Tony would have some gimmick that would hold Cap as prisoner and not pound the crap out of him. In the forty years of Iron Man (and I haven't read all of them) I don't remember him beating up a bad guy that badly.
What little I loved about the Marvel Universe is being hurt even worse by this series. I enjoy change, but not all change is good or well conceived. Marvel made a mistake with this series. Yes it will sell, but ultimately I think it will keep shrinking the fan base.
It goes to a big gripe I have with many story tellers in comics. They have a story they want to tell and then they cast characters in the roles. Regardless of whether they fit or not. This should have been an Elseworlds styled 12 part maxi-series.