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Quote1.png I know there is bad blood on both sides. I know there are detractors on both sides. And yes, I have received death threats over the last six years. But am I afraid at these talks? No. After all... I'll be sitting between the two greatest heroes in the nation. Quote2.png
-- Miriam Sharpe


Appearing in 1st story

Featured Characters:

  • President Tony Stark (First appearance) {{Expansion depth limit exceeded|||Main story and flashback}} (As Iron Man in flashback)
  • General Steve Rogers (First appearance) {{Expansion depth limit exceeded|||Main story and flashback}} (As Captain America in flashback)

Supporting Characters:

Other Characters:

  • Emma Frost (First appearance) {{Expansion depth limit exceeded|||Unnamed}}
  • Colonel Barnes (Skrull) (First appearance) {{Expansion depth limit exceeded|||Unnamed}}
  • Initiative (Only appearance)[1] {{Expansion depth limit exceeded|||Only in flashback}}
  • Secret Avengers (Only appearance)[1] {{Expansion depth limit exceeded|||Only in flashback}}
  • Howard the Duck (Only in flashback)
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. (Only appearance)[1] {{Expansion depth limit exceeded|||Only in flashback}}
    • Director Maria Hill (Only appearance)[1] {{Expansion depth limit exceeded|||Only in flashback}}
    • Unnamed agents {{Expansion depth limit exceeded|||Only in flashback}} {{Expansion depth limit exceeded|||Only appearance}}Expansion depth limit exceeded
    • Cape-Killers (Only appearance)[1] {{Expansion depth limit exceeded|||Only in flashback}}
  • Ghost Rider (Johnny Blaze) (First appearance) {{Expansion depth limit exceeded|||Only in flashback}}
  • Punisher (Frank Castle) (First appearance) {{Expansion depth limit exceeded|||Only in flashback}}
  • Skrulls {{Expansion depth limit exceeded|||First appearance}}{{Expansion depth limit exceeded|||Only in flashback}}
  • Green Goblin (Norman Osborn) (Only appearance; dies)[1] {{Expansion depth limit exceeded|||Only in flashback}}
  • Heather (Super-powered child from the Iron) {{Expansion depth limit exceeded|||Only appearance}}Expansion depth limit exceeded
  • John (Super-powered child from the Blue) {{Expansion depth limit exceeded|||Only appearance}}Expansion depth limit exceeded
  • Unnamed reporter {{Expansion depth limit exceeded|||Only appearance}}Expansion depth limit exceeded
  • Maybelle Parker (Peter and Mary Jane's daughter) {{Expansion depth limit exceeded|||First appearance}}
  • Goliath (William "Bill" Foster) (Mentioned)

Races and Species:

Locations:

  • Earth-15513
    • Battleworld
      • Warzone (First appearance chronologically)
        • The Iron (First appearance chronologically)
          • St. Louis (First appearance) {{Expansion depth limit exceeded|||Only in flashback}} {{Expansion depth limit exceeded|||Destruction}}
          • Washington, D.C. (Only appearance)[1] {{Expansion depth limit exceeded|||Only in flashback}}
            • White House (Only appearance)[1] {{Expansion depth limit exceeded|||Only in flashback}} {{Expansion depth limit exceeded|||Destruction}}
        • The Blue (First appearance)
        • The Divide (First appearance)
    • Negative Zone (First appearance) {{Expansion depth limit exceeded|||Only in flashback}}
      • Prison 42 (First appearance) {{Expansion depth limit exceeded|||Only in flashback}} {{Expansion depth limit exceeded|||Destruction}}

Items:

  • Extremis Armor (First appearance) {{Expansion depth limit exceeded|||Only in flashback}}
  • Captain America's Shield (First appearance) {{Expansion depth limit exceeded|||Only in flashback}}
  • Daredevil's Billy Club (First appearance) {{Expansion depth limit exceeded|||Only in flashback}}
  • Falcon's Wings (First appearance) {{Expansion depth limit exceeded|||Only in flashback}}
  • Venom Symbiote (First appearance) {{Expansion depth limit exceeded|||Only in flashback}} {{Expansion depth limit exceeded|||Apparent death}}

Synopsis for 1st story

It began with the unforgettable: the Stamford Incident, an explosion that killed hundreds. The following debate, with the push for the Super-Hero Registration Act, blossomed into the unthinkable: an ideological conflict among the super heroes, polarised into two camps, around the anti-registration Captain America and the pro-registration Iron Man. Everyone else hoped it would just end. But it took another incident to incite the unspeakable...

Captain America had led his team in a mission to liberate the political prisoners being held in Prison 42 in the Negative Zone. Due to spies, Iron Man had mustered his forces in an ambush, bolstering his super heroes with S.H.I.E.L.D. troops and conscripted villains. Meanwhile, Black Panther was hacking the prison's computers, and discovered that the pro-reg forces had activate a self-destruct system, with Iron Man's group supposed to teleport out at the last minute. However, Stark didn't know about the activation of this system, and was informed by Maria Hill that Panther had been who activated the system under Captain America's orders. Deactivating the teleportation device, Black Panther tried to shut down the bomb. Everyone in the prison, pro-reg and anti-reg, rushed to escape through the power of the hero Cloak, who dropped them all in midair in St. Louis.

Unfortunately, Cloak could not shut off his powers fast enough to block out the explosion, which caused a beam of explosive energy to strike the ground in St. Louis, setting off a domino of explosions which toppled buildings, killed super heroes... and left millions dead.

In the aftermath, the surviving heroes regrouped, each side blaming the other for the deaths, and neither willing to accept their part - since they were, after all, good people who fought bad people. Unable to accommodate compromise, they left the nation open to attacks. The Skrull Invasion. The Osborn Insurgency. But no force was able to face un-co-ordinated attacks from two sides at once, and eventually, the two sides were left to settle their differences, eventually splitting the nation down the middle. Everything to the East is now "the Iron", run by Iron Man, and everything to the West is "The Blue", run by Captain America. Differences in politics have caused people to pick one side over the other, with the split ossifying every year.

The only place in the country that embraces both is a community in the ruins of St Louis, built on a bridge over a chasm between the two sides. It is the home of, among others, Miriam Sharpe, a woman who lost her child at Stamford, and who wants to bring peace. She has arranged a meeting between the two sides, and she is being interviewed. The interviewer points out that she is a polarizing figure, having received threats and been compared explicitly to anarchists and terrorists. Miriam responds that her motives are clear and she has hope.

From the east comes President Tony Stark, backed by She-Hulk. From the west comes General Rogers, back by Peter Parker. Greetings are terse, but before going in, Stark offers a goodwill gesture: in his entourage is MJ Parker and her young daughter, and they have come to see Peter for as long as the talks go on.

In the talks, Miriam is able to get the two men open up. Stark explains that the Iron, as the internationally-recognized government, has wealth and resources from trade with the outside world, where the Blue is regarded as a rogue state. However, his citizens are running out of space, while the Blue has twice the space but half the population. He proposes that the Blue shrink, giving his people more space, in exchange for which Stark will make trade concessions. Rogers dismisses the offer, which leads to the start of an old debate between the to men. Rogers accuses Stark of grabbing for power, while Stark says that Rogers is just a general now, defined by his war and reluctant to see it end. As Miriam Sharpe tries to bring peace, she is suddenly shot in the back by a sniper.

Reacting first, Rogers calls Peter Parker to catch the shooter. Leaving his family, Parker finds a remote-controlled sniper rifle. As Miriam dies, Rogers realizes that from the angle of the shot, the shooter was most likely aiming at him. Stark denies the shooter is one of his, but it seems that the war is set to reignite, once again demanding that people pick a side...

Solicit Synopsis

• The Civil War never ended. Welcome to the Warzone, where six years of non-stop battle between the forces of the Blue and the Iron have split the nation down its center, utterly transforming it. In a world of new alliances and strange enemies, President Tony Stark and General Steve Rogers meet to make one last attempt at peace.

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