Review: Captain Marvel Vol.7: The Last of the Marvels

Author: Kelly Thompson
Pencils: Sergio Davila
Artists: Takeshi Miyazawa
Inker: Sean Parsons, Roberto Poggi
Colorist: Ian Herring, Jesus Aburtov, Erick Arciniega
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Series: Captain Marvel 2019
Released: April 12, 2022
Received: Own

It’s hard to ignore a title like The Last of the Marvels. It promises many things – a peek at other characters with the Marvel moniker. A threat. And even…hope? It’s hard to explain how this title made me feel; mere words don’t feel like enough.

Captain Marvel Vol.7 was written by Kelly Thompson. At this point, Thompson is one of my favorite Marvel writers. She is also one of my favorite Captain Marvel authors, which I feel is saying something.

Working alongside Thompson, we have Takeshi Miyazawa (art), Sergio Davila (pencils), Sean Parsons (inks), Roberto Poggi (inks), Ian Herring (colors), Jesus Aburtov (colors), Erick Arciniega (colors), and VC’s Clayton Cowles (letters).

The Last of the Marvels is a lot. It’s the first big adventure after Carol and Rhodey worked things out (if you don’t know what that is about, check out volume 6!), and thus it should have offered Carol a break. Only we know that’s never going to happen, right? This woman is a workaholic, and the universe always finds a way to demand her help. It looks like an enemy is not as gone as we had thought, and he’s making big moves.

Writing

Captain Marvel Vol.7: The Last of the Marvels is a lot, and I mean that in a good way. Kelly Thompson has packed SO much into this narrative that it can take a bit to digest all of it. Granted, most fans might have gone into it feel a little emotionally compromised/sappy since Carol and Rhodey are back together again (spoiler alert?). I don’t know about you, but that is something my heart needed.

At a glance, it may seem like there are a couple of plots weaving through this volume. However, once you crest the main plot arc, it suddenly starts to make sense. How it all connects, and how we got here. Yes, I still have questions, but I do not doubt that Thompson will answer those in the future (likely soon, given some of the covers I’ve been seeing).

Personally, I never felt like the Vox Supreme threat was over, so it was satisfying to see him come back around. Only this time, the Avengers and everyone else got to work WITH Carol, which felt like justice, if that makes sense. There were a lot of satisfying moments that stemmed from this fact, which I’m sure Kelly Thompson included for the sake of the fans.

A few major surprises were thrown into the mix, which I won’t spoil for readers. I cannot wait to see the implications of these moments or where they will ultimately lead. Things like this are why I love Captain Marvel’s plots so much.

Artwork

The artwork in Captain Marvel Vol.7: The Last of the Marvels is perfection, if I may say so. I’ve always loved the bolder colors of her series, but I feel like they were taken to a whole new level in this volume. Though perhaps that is the contrast (both literally and figuratively).

Working on this volume, we have Sergio Davila (pencils), Takeshi Miyazawa (artist), Sean Parsons (inks), Roberto Poggi (inks), Ian Herring (colors), Jesus Aburtov (colors), Erick Arciniega (colors) and VC’s Clayton Cowles (letters). It’s a huge crew, but the payout is so worth it.

The colors are arguably my favorite part, obviously. There’s a lot of depth to them while still having that eye-catching element that I adore. Then there’s the artwork itself. I’m a massive sucker for cameos, and there are a ton here. As a fan of many of the characters gracing these pages, I have to say that the collective artists did a fantastic job representing them all. Likewise, I enjoyed seeing the different minor renditions of the Vox suits. It was a nice touch.

Conclusion

Fans of Captain Marvel should absolutely make a point of reading Captain Marvel Vol.7: The Last of the Marvels. There are many different parts of this story that could ultimately make big waves in Marvel continuity, so I would keep my eyes on where this one goes.

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