Regardless if you believe Tony Stark and Steve Rogers are soul mates destined to meet across universes and time. Whether you are drawn to them by the magnetic aura they emanate as they orbit each other like a brilliant sun and steadfast moon. Or if you believe the intensity of their relationship inevitably ends in the intimacy of each other’s beds. This current run is devastating.
These two men, irregardless of if you believe they are brothers or lovers, need each other. Each is the other’s other’s revelation. Their heart and soul. To see them at such odds, that all communication is so broken that one resorts to physically beating the other is heartbreaking.
Civil War was all encompassing. A multi-hued landscape vivid and distracting. Smeared into a palette of distracting colors by the sheer emotional scale. It was, and still is. emotionally vast and cuts deep. This run shimmers forth in a shadowed monochrome and Steve and Tony shine brilliant white in the center of it. While it plays on a no less operatic scale, it’s vision and scope feels more intimate.
Civil War hurt my feelings and at times made me irrationally angry but Hickman in this brilliant run, has topped Civil War. He is tearing these two men apart in a far more intimate way than any war could.