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Regardless of what stance you as a reader took on the registration issue during Marvel’s last big event you now have to wonder about the statements made after Civil War #7 in light of Secret Invasion and Dark Reign. In the aftermath of Mark Millar’s last issue of Civil War we had multiple interviews in which Marvel editorial assured the readers about how the SHRA was the right idea and how the pro-registration side was always meant to be right, despite their tactics. Since then, however, Marvel’s event driven strategy has shown precisely all the possible weaknesses of centralized control of superhumans in the Marvel universe. Secret Invasion had the SHIELD and Initiative power structure infiltrated, hampering the initial response to the invasion. You could make the argument the invasion was repelled in spite of centralized control rather than because of it. Now control of the country’s superhumans is being handed to Norman Osborne and Tony Stark is set to rebel against this and refuse to hand him the list of hero identities, making him a wanted man. There is much story potential in the setup for Dark Reign, but how does the ongoing darkening of the Marvel universe measure up against the statements of Joe Quesada and Marvel editorial concerning registration? Has Marvel effectively backtracked from these statements through their follow-up storylines? Let us know what you think.