Marvel Comics has been undergoing a change in the last two years. Which is a good thing, the status quo makes for boring comics. Brian Michael Bendis (or BENDIS! to his fans) Has been leading the charge. I have no idea what deal this Orgonian made but following his lead Marvel has taken apart and put back together, The Avengers, Iron Man, Captain America, The mutant population and Thor (who hasnt come back yet).
He pulled The Sentry out of mothballs and breathed some new life into Spider Woman. Not to say he did it alone. Mark Millars contribution is Civil war!
With Mutants no longer a big threat (persons of mass destruction) the government is going after Heroes with a registration act. This is turning hero against hero. Iron Man is the front runner for registration. Captain America is against it. Heroes are going to be taking sides and its going to get a whole lot worse before it gets better.
The first issue deals with the proverbial straw that broke the camels back. Some young heroes working on some reality TV show cause the deaths of a good city blocks worth of innocent folks including a school (to really jerk the hart strings). The Government feels that if these Heroes had been registered and trained this would have been avoided and as such they are moving forward. S.H.I.E.L.D. confronts Cap asking him to round up the 'bad-guy' heroes who wont register after the bill passes. Cap declines and has to fight he way off the Heli-carrier (if you dont know what that is, no point in explaining, the comic gives you a good view of it).
Its the start of some big doings at Marvel just as DC finished off its current Crisis.
Good reading, fun and well thought out. Good stuff!