Review – Captain Marvel #11 (Marvel Comics)

Captain Marvel #11: The Dramatic Conclusion to Falling Star

Carol Danvers has been put through a lot recently, and the hits keep on coming in Captain Marvel #11. But we know that the end must be in sight since this issue concludes the intense ‘Falling Star’ plot arc that has had us hooked.

This whole Captain Marvel run has been excellent at bringing events in Carol’s past full circle. And this issue is no exception to that rule. In many ways, it has been a breath of fresh air. In other ways, it’s been a rough ride, having to watch Carol go through so many traumatic events.

But that is what makes comic books unique – how they can elicit so much emotion from us, even though they have such a short amount of time to work with. And Captain Marvel #11 doesn’t waste any of that time.

Writing

Kelly Thompson’s run on Captain Marvel has been a memorable one. And I know I can’t be the only fan out there hoping she sticks with the series for many issues to come. I love how she’s pushed Carol’s character to the extreme while also looking back into her past.

Captain Marvel #11 wrapped up another plotline, and it did so with grace. Once again, it feels like things have come full circle. Both shorter-term plots and long-buried events were dredged up during this plot, making it one for new and old fans alike.

This issue had some of the highest of highs, all while Carol likely felt like she was at her lowest. And in truth, that is some classic Captain Marvel writing for you. But it also has its own spin on things, keeping it all fresh for the readers. All while inspiring the many readers out there – especially the little girls that want to be a hero.

Carol’s emotional conflict hit new heights in this issue. Her plea was not the sort of thing you expect to see a hero make. But it was so painfully and beautifully human. So I genuinely believe that it was something we all needed to see.

This issue was precisely the conclusion we needed for this plot. Not only did it tie up all the major loose ends – but it already started setting up for something bigger down the line. And that’s really all we could ever hope for.

Art

Once again, the artistic team has come together for Captain Marvel #11. This team has been working out perfectly for the series, so I hope they continue to work together. Carmen Carnero is the line artist for the issue, with Tamra Bonvillain providing the coloring and VC’s Clayton Cowles doing the lettering.

There were some theatrical moments in this issue, with many panels worthy of being made into prints. This issue had everything – the dynamic poses, the perilous scenes, the iconic and breathtaking scenery, and of course, a scene full of emotion. It was perfect. And it was made all the better by the artwork that made it come to life.

Conclusion

Captain Marvel #11 had a little bit of everything in it, along with a brilliant conclusion. I know many fans have been eagerly looking forward to the next plot arc, but I personally enjoyed this one immensely. Though I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t anxious to find out what happened next…

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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