I had no idea what to expect when I opened this issue. I was flummoxed at the sight of the cover alone. Did 2020 just suck so hard it formed some kind of blackhole event horizon that is allowing me to see past stories that never were? I asked myself, do I even want to go down this Civil War road again? Are the scars still fresh in my mind from reading every issue in a Major Event for the first time in my life?
And just like that the eye twitch has returned. I guess thats six more months of therapy till summer. I kid of course, because this is a one shot story happening inside an event from the past that is able to stand on its own two legs. It doesn’t matter if you read Civil War. This story gives you all the information from that event you need to understand this story. But is this story good? Let’s find out…
(I’m not going to sit here an explain the idea/story of civil war. Just know there are two sides to war. This story drives that home well with two sides of the same coin.)
We follow “The Helper” and his journey into becoming a hero and doing the right thing and we follow Clyde Dobronski and his journey into becoming a hero and doing the right thing. As they say, “one man’s freedom fighter is another man’s terrorist.”
Super Heroes have to register or face imprisonment. Clyde works for S.H.I.E.L.D. His job is to capture, transport, and oversee prisoners. The Helper is an innocent low level super hero that just wants to help as many people as he can when he can. These two innocent people’s lives cross paths and they may never be the same again.
This story is a little heavier of story with multiple political and moral undertones and it is done really really well. It shows that even in a world of Super heroes we still need everyday regular people to be heroes. And the creators of this story show us that heroes don’t need to be super for us the reader to want to cheer them on. This story had me feeling proud to be human again. The art was very well done. The facial expressions on the characters really helped to sell some of these scenes.