Review: Captain Marvel #42

Series: Captain Marvel (2019)
Writer: Kelly Thompson
Artist: Andrea Di Vito
Colorist: Nolan Woodard
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Released: October 12, 2022

One of the many things I love about long-running comic series is that they understand the value of palette cleansers. Captain Marvel #42 is set between arcs, meaning it’s a little lighter and much less intense than other plots. In other words, it’s a bit of a break in all the chaos that is Captain Marvel’s story.

And seriously, any issue titled “The Chewie Center” is at risk of becoming my favorite. After all, Chewie is pretty much the best character ever (can you tell I’m a crazy cat lady?). I should probably also mention that this issue is a bit of a crossover with an event happening, Judgment Day. But you don’t need to know that context to have fun with this issue.

Kelly Thompson’s writing style is perfect for this story, especially since all the unspoken details are woven throughout. It adds a surprising amount to the overall story, elevating it into something much more memorable. I swear I’m not just saying that because Chewie is at the center of much of it. Whether you believe me, well, that’s up to you.

I loved the panel layouts in this issue; they’re fun and break up the standard pattern. They also offer a bird’s eye view of everything happening (which, again, is quite a lot). Full credit to Andrea Di Vito, Nolan Woodard, and VC’s Clayton Cowles for making this such a visually fun issue to read. Can’t wait for the next one!

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