New Avengers V5 Civil War TP Bendis 1st print


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New Avengers, Vol. 5: Civil War (v. 5) Paperback
by Brian Michael Bendis (Author), Howard Chaykin (Illustrator), Pasqual Ferry (Illustrator), Olivier Coipel (Illustrator), Leinil Francis Yu (Illustrator), Jim Cheung (Illustrator), Adi Granov (Illustrator), John Dell (Illustrator), Jose Pimentel (Illustrator)

The Avengers are about to go to war over their beliefs in the super hero Civil War, and the shake-up will shock you. See the affects as Civil War tears the greatest super hero team ever apart!

Collects New Avengers (2004) #21-25
Softcover: 120 pages
Publisher: Marvel

This volume contains five single-issue stories, each focused on one of the Avengers during the Civil War event. The issues are all written by Brian Michael Bendis, but each issue has its own artist.

21 (Art by Howard Chaykin) Captain America and the Falcon try to get Hank Pym (Yellowjacket, formerly Ant-Man) to join their side, but he’s already made up his mind.
22 (Leinil Yu) Iron Man tries to convince Luke Cage to register. He refuses. At midnight right after the Registration Act passes, SHIELD agents try to capture him.
23 (Olivier Copiel) Hydra wants Spider-Woman to be their leader.
24 (Pasqual Ferry) The Sentry doesn’t want to fight in the Civil War, so he heads for the Moon, where he encounters the Inhumans.
25 (Jim Cheung) A man who used to work for Iron Man uses Stark’s own technology against him.

Naturally, you should also read the main Civil War book to provide context for these stories. These stories aren’t vital to understanding Civil War, but I think they’re well-written stories in their own right. It’s good to have spotlight issues like these in a team book so you can get to know the characters, since characterization can often suffer for the sake of action.

While I don’t believe any of these issues are “must-reads” in order to understand the larger storyline of Civil War, they certainly help illuminate character’s motivations and set up plots to come in New Avengers and Mighty Avengers.

I’d also like to say that there is a component to this volume featuring Sentry drawn by Pasqual Ferry that alone makes the entire volume worth buying. I could take or leave Sentry as a character, but Ferry’s rendering of Sentry interacting with the Inhumans is an absolute delight. Certainly Dean White’s colors add to the beauty of Ferry’s art, and I really hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did. In my opinion, Ferry is the go-to guy when it comes to interplanetary adventure, as I first learned with his stunning art in Adam Strange: Planet Heist.

New Avengers: Civil War is a great volume if you’re looking for different artists interpretations of some of your favorite New Avengers; it’s enlightening if you desire further character motivation during Civil War; and finally, it’s a nice springboard to new plots in New Avengers.

Collects New Avengers 21-25. Near mint, 1st print.