Captain Marvel 10 review


In the last issue, Carol Danvers (Captain Marvel) received the news that she had a brain lesion. The doctor recommended that in order to avoid worsening it, she couldn’t fly and had to take it easy with her superpowers. This issue is all about her reaction to the news, and it’s brilliantly written.

Captain Marvel reacts exactly how you’d expect her to, with stubborn denial. She keeps telling her friends and allies that she’s fine, and continues to push herself harder than she should. This comic treats the subject with a great deal of respect. It’s fascinating to see Carol Danvers taking her powers more seriously now that she has to hold back, especially considering how earlier in the series, she showed mild contempt for them.

Despite the somewhat dark nature of this issue however, it still manages to be entertaining and amusing. Writer Kelly Sue Deconnick is likely among the best dialogue writers in the business, and it really shows here. There’s also a great action scene with the villain Deathbird. The art takes a stylistic approach, and while I don’t like it, it works fairly well.

The subject behind this issue hits rather close to home with me. It’s not exactly the same, or at least it doesn’t specifically state so, but cancer has had a strong impact on my life lately. My aunt is a relatively recent cancer survivor, and a few years ago one of my grandmothers also fought cancer. More recently however, I spent time this last Christmas with a man who died a few weeks ago of cancer. He is survived by his wife and his fairly young daughter, who is a friend of my cousins. Admittedly I didn’t know him that well (don’t even know what kind of cancer he had – the subject never came up), but he seems like a nice and fairly intelligent man.

This series continues to be very entertaining. The character work and dialogue is pretty much perfect. This series as a whole is worth checking out for anyone who is interested in learning more about individual Avenger characters, or anyone who is interested in an entertaining, yet still dramatic solo series. Even with an art style that I don’t like, this is still my favourite comic of the week.

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I am a relatively new comic book fan writing this blog for other new comic book fans and/or people who are interested in comics but don't know where to start. I've always been interested in writing, to the point where I have a college Creative Writing Certificate and I'm currently a year 2 Journalism student. I also have another blog where I mostly make fun of bad movies - As for how I got into comics, I've always had a passing interest in superheroes: most notably Batman, Spider-man and the X-Men. Until February of 2011 (I think,) my only experience with any of these franchises came from the movies and video games. Shortly after I bought Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 however, I decided to check out X-23, Wolverine's female clone. I ended up reading her Innocence Lost origin story and enjoyed it. From there, I started reading various X-Men comics and it quickly exploded into my newest hobby. My other interests/hobbies include video games, movies, music, playing sports, my dogs and weird news.
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2 Responses to Captain Marvel 10 review

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  2. xmenxpert says:

    I love this. Carol’s written so perfectly here. And Deathbird is a welcome sight. She was one of Carol’s earliest and most determined foes, so seeing that rivalry brought back is a nice touch. I was one of the few who felt no need for Carol to fight supervillains, but it’s done really well here, and makes sense. Deathbird respects Carol enough that she probably would want to give her a death in battle rather than from some illness. There was definitely some really good humour; she talks to Chewie the way real people talk to their cats, too, which is great.

    And I can definitely understand why people would hate Andrade’s art, but I love it. I love how stylized it is. It’s got a kinetic feel to it. I’d still prefer Emma Rios come back to do a few more issues (I simply adore her art), but Andrade’s a good substitute for her.


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