Let's talk covers. The best Civil War cover is the variant, the regular All Star Superman cover is fantastic. The Civil War variant cover does not even portray the Sub-Mariner the way he is shown in the comic. The blue jump suit is not what Namor's wears anymore. The All Star Superman cover is fantastic. I have it as a background on my computer and my wife thought it was beautiful. It is a cover that really evokes feeling. All Star Superman #6 is one of the best covers in a long time.
The art in the books. Steve McNiven is a really good artist. Frank Quiety is a fantastic artist. Both books have been late, both show that each artist is pouring his heart into the work. Overall Frank Quietly is the better artist, but nothing wrong with Steve McNiven's work, Quietly is the superior artist.
The stories. This issue of All Star Superman is not my favorite of the series, but is was fun, touching and overall another great issue in a great series. It is a flashback to Clark when he was younger and the time that his Dad dies. We had great touches where Lana says to Pete Ross, stop acting like I don't know who he is, fun with a man and his dog, a trio of future Superman and a great scene when Clark realizes he can't hear his Dad's heart beating and is devastated that he couldn't save his Dad. The affection of Clark for his parents and dog was palatable.
Civil War #6 was a little nuts. Punisher helps Cap get the plans for the prison in the Negative Zone, two villains show up at Cap's group and the Punisher whacks them, Cap beats the crap of the Punisher and throws him off the team for killing them, Punisher won't fight Cap, Spider-Man calls Punisher the same as Captain America -just a different war, big show down at the end. Cap's group is ambushed by Tony's group as Tigra is revealed as the traitor on Cap's group. The cells have been opened by Yellow Jacket the traitor on Iron Man's group who is revealed as Hulkling who is a shape shifter (who apparently even mimics the retina pattern of the person it mimics). It ends with a two page spread of everyone facing off and then a one page close up of Cap saying close your eyes gentlemen this is going to hurt. Left me cold and was very contrived.
All Star Superman evoke feeling and passion, Civil War #6 just left me as it has all along, wondering who are these people pretending to be the heroes I grew up with.
Now the thing that really caught my attention was the ending two page spread. Marvel has their big book of a long time having all the major players in one book and the double page spread is full of a lot of lame characters. It just really brought home how DC has a far superior catalogue of characters compared to Marvel. DC has an incredible number of really great characters and has a richer universe.