Civil War: The Initiative

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"Civil War: The Initiative"
Civil War Initiative.jpg
Cover of Civil War: The Initiative 1 (Apr 2007)Art by Marc Silvestri.
PublisherMarvel Comics
Publication dateMarch 2007 – March 2008
Main character(s)Iron Man
The Collective
The Thunderbolts
Ms. Marvel
Creative team
Writer(s)Brian Michael Bendis
Warren Ellis
Penciller(s)Marc Silvestri
Inker(s)Joe Weems
Marco Galli
Rick Basaldua
Colorist(s)Frank D'Armata

"Civil War: The Initiative" is a comic book branding as well as a one-shot comic book starting this event, published by Marvel Comics. An epilogue to Marvel's Civil War event, the branding promotes newly launched series such as the Mighty Avengers, New Avengers, and Omega Flight, as well as the Warren Ellis reinvention of Thunderbolts.

The one-shot is written by Brian Michael Bendis and Warren Ellis, with pencil art by Marc Silvestri. Centered on Iron Man, its story is divided into three segments. In the first segment, mutant Michael Pointer (The Collective), the man who killed the Canadian superhero team Alpha Flight while under the control of a being claimed by Magneto to be Xorn, is given a chance to atone for his actions. The second segment (written by Warren Ellis) showcases the Thunderbolts, conscripted supervillains working for the government, in pursuit of unregistered superhumans. The third and final segment shows a meeting between Ms. Marvel, a staunch ally of Iron Man, and Spider-Woman, one of Captain America's Secret Avengers.

In addition to the main story, the comic includes promotional previews for other titles linked to Civil WarIron Man, Captain America, Mighty Avengers, Omega Flight and Avengers: The Initiative.

Civil War aftermath tie-ins[edit]

The following is a list of comic books that carry The Initiative banner:

Involved but not listed[edit]