Civil War... What lesson is being taught?
Spoilers for #7 and ASM.
I read Civil War #7 and I thought it ended well. It sets up a very interesting and exciting status quo for the Marvel Universe, but I'm worried about the message it leaves us with.
Reed Richards told that story about his uncle, and he said that his uncle was wrong for opposing the law. Regardless of how draconian and unfair a law is, they should be obeyed. I feel like that's the lesson we're supposed to take away from Civil War as a whole. Tony was right, and Cap should rot in prison for opposing the law, opinion and morality be damned.
Now, knowing Millar and reading The Ultimates, perhaps he is trying to give us a ironic look at the Act, the same way he does with The Ultimates policing the world, and I feel that the beats to undermine the shiny happy fascism that Tony has championed are there (Thunderbolts, Aunt May, Cap in prison, 42, etc), but they're not being highlighted. If 42 was just #42 on a list of 100 things to do, I can't imagine the police state Tony is going to create with his new directorship, but it's being touted as a Good Thing. People are suffering in the Negative Zone, without trial or representation, but it's all okay because Miriam Sharpe has her revenge.
If we're supposed to be saying "heeeyyyy, wait a minute", then that's not being made clear enough in my opinion.
Am I wrong? Is everyone seeing these obvious continued flaws in the Act? Are we meant to continue to argue this, with goods and bads on both sides?