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Thursday, August 24, 2006 

But what's the troops opinion on the story?

I'd first seen this article from Army Times on the Gannett news wire, which talks about the least important part of Civil War: namely, whose side are any army personnel reading the miniseries taking? Unfortunately, if there's anything it seems to avoid, it's their actual opinion on the whole story itself! From the article:
...the plot — which already is developing beyond the core seven-book series into existing Marvel comics and new spinoff comics — has generated buzz among comic book enthusiasts, including many in uniform.

In Fayetteville, N.C., home to the Army’s Fort Bragg and also to Dragon’s Lair, a 25-year-old comic book shop, owner Bernie Mangiboyat said he quickly sold his 200 copies of the first issue, and people are still asking for it.

He said about 75 percent to 80 percent of his customers are service members, and so far, most are lining up with Captain America.

“The big thing is Captain America,” he said. “He stands up for the ones who don’t want to give up their names [to the government]. ... Ninety percent of the customers coming in say they look at it in the Captain America way.

“They’re kind of against Iron Man because they feel that he’s like the corporation going in with the government. He’s kind of falling in line.”
But what's their OPINION on the STORY?!? Is it well written? Is it badly written? Do they think that it's out-of-character for anyone? Sadly, these questions are almost entirely avoided here, which, IMO, is being unfair to our troops.

Lesson to be learned: you can't expect even a military publication to give some good insight into things like these, or even to let anyone know what the common serviceman's opinion on entertainment is. And Army Times is decidedly just as knee-jerk as the New York Times, Wash. Post, LA Times, Village Voice, or any other publication that would rather sensationalize the news than let anyone know the meaty facts about the subject at hand.

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