Review – Captain Marvel #7 (Marvel Comics)

Carol Danvers and Stephen Strange Are Coping in Captain Marvel #7

Our unusual team-up continues in Captain Marvel #7, and boy, does this issue have a lot to cover. Carol and Doctor Strange may seem like an odd pairing, but if this team-up has proven anything to me, it’s that I need to see more of it.

Captain Marvel #7 continues the War of the Realms tie-in started in the last issue. If you haven’t read it, check that out first. And if you haven’t been following the War of the Realms, that’s okay. You don’t really need to in order to understand that there’s a significant fight occurring. Just be prepared for some spoilers, just in case.

Writing

I’ve seen lots of War of the Realms tie-ins all over the place. And I can honestly tell you that the Captain Marvel one has been one of my favorites. It’s intelligent, funny, and isn’t afraid to take a risk or two. And admittedly, pulling in a few other significant characters helped a bit as well.

Kelly Thompson really does have away when it comes to balancing the tension with humor. That was proven in the last issue, and it continues to be the case here. Carol and Stephen may be excellent at arguing, but they’re also a pretty good team.

There is so much I could talk about in this issue, like how there was a comical moment occurring in the background. This moment was made funnier because of the lack of awareness towards it. And then there was the way our team resolved the fight – because that was another brilliant moment.

Or the fact that this issue is already setting up for the following Captain Marvel plot. Because that final page has left me desperate for the next issue to come out, and while it is very much torturing me, I have to acknowledge how well done it was. Kelly Thompson set the scene for the following plot, and she did so wordlessly. It was elegant and clever.

Art

There was a lot to love in Captain Marvel #7, artwork-wise. The expressions of our three main characters (Carol, Strange, and Black Widow) are very high up on that list. Their expressions sell the humor and tension required for each scene—especially the humorous ones, of course. And Annapaola Martello, a guest artist for this issue, is the reason for all of that.

The magic and blasting scenes, in particular, were eye-catching in this issue. I’m going to credit the coloring in this instance because that was just phenomenally done. And once again, Tamra Bonvillain was the one behind all of that.

Together these artists brought us a series of amazingly detailed and bright fight scenes. The sort of fights we’d expect to see when Captain Marvel and Doctor Strange are on the pages.

Conclusion

Captain Marvel #7 was a whirlwind of an issue. It was one of the better tie-in issues I’ve seen, not just for War of the Realms, but in general. And it was a majorly fun team-up to boot. So it was a win all around.

The setup for the next plot was a stroke of pure genius, even if it has me freaking out more than a little bit. But I do love it when a series has this smooth flow from issue to issue, so I can’t complain too much about that. Regardless, I’m sure I’m not the only one anxiously awaiting the release of Captain Marvel #8.

This review was originally written for Word of the Nerd, but has been ported over to Quirky Cat’s Fat Stacks now that the site has shut down.

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