Review – America Chavez Made in the USA #1 (Marvel Comics)

Her History Comes to Light in America Chavez Made in the USA #1

She’s back! Okay, she was never technically gone, just out of the limelight for a while. But now America is about to get another run of her series. And it all starts with America Chavez Made in the USA #1.

This series is about to do a deep dive on America: who she is, how her powers work, and even her history. Making it a solid starting point for new fans and a plot arc full of interesting facts for those who have been reading her story all along. At least, that’s sincerely what I’m hoping we’re going to get out of this series.

America Chavez, for those that don’t know about her, is a strong and confident woman. She can punch portals into existence (and as you might have guessed from her aesthetic, they are in the shape of stars). She’s a Latin-American LGBTQ+ character, and we’re going to get to see her on the big screen very soon (hint: Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness).

Writing

It’s been a hot minute since America has had her own series. Honestly, it’s good to see her back. America Chavez Made in the USA #1, written by Kalinda Vazquez, is a strong start to this new series. One that quickly portrays the young woman in an easy and approachable way.

Don’t get me wrong – there are plenty of references to her past in Marvel as well, from her allies to parts of her background. It all folds rather nicely with the new information that is coming out here. It creates something fascinating and something that I think all fans – old and new – can enjoy.

What America Chavez Made in the USA #1 really nails is the storytelling. There’s a steady build going on, all of it focused on America and her past – her families. It’s intriguing, for everything that has been shown and everything that has been oh so carefully left out.

Obviously, that means that it raises plenty of questions as well, leaving readers (well, myself at least) eager to see what will happen next. Throw in the additional elements, such as secondary (familiar) characters, humor, and some social commentary, and it makes for a highly compelling read.

Art

If you’re looking for a visually dramatic issue to read, then America Chavez Made in the USA #1 is the issue for you. Carlos Gomez (art), Jesus Aburtov (colors), and VC’s Travis Lanham (letters) all worked so hard to bring her story to life, and it shows.

Every panel is evocative in its own way, be it portraying her life many years ago or the battles she’s facing now. Her style is iconic, as always, and leaves her open to plenty of memorable scenes and poses.

And of course, let us not forget the guest characters for this issue. Both characters (most recently seen together in their run on West Coast Avengers) are immediately recognizable – no introductions needed. Also, I simply adore Ramone’s style, so I may be slightly biased there.

Conclusion

America Chavez Made in the USA #1 is a fantastic start to this latest series. It’s perfect for fans who want to keep reading about her and perfect for fans who want to learn more about her before making her major MCU appearance. No matter the reason, do be sure to check it out!

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.

Review – Captain Marvel #27 (Marvel Comics)

Captain Marvel #27 Has the Breakup Blues

I believe that every heavy plot arc deserves to be followed up by a more humorous one. Given how intense ‘The New World’ was, Captain Marvel #27 is an issue we sorely need. It is light and comical yet still carries the weight from the decisions Carol has recently made.

It is, in short, the perfect palette cleanser. Captain Marvel will set out on new adventures, but before she does, she needs a break. That’s right, this is the breakup issue, and it is so much more than we have been promised.
I write this issue as an adoring fan of the Carol/Rhodey relationship. Yet even I have to admit that I’m curious to see what could come about from these changes and appreciate risk when taken.

Writing

Captain Marvel #27 really is a breakup issue, in its own way. This is Carol Danvers we’re talking about. She is not a character that goes halfway on anything, hence the over-the-top reactions that fill these pages.

Kelly Thompson has created a masterpiece here. Every emotion possible she’s tucked into the pages, from amusement to pain, and just a touch of anger. It is a palette cleanser for heroes and fans alike.

The best friend vibes are one of the strongest features of this issue. Those moments alone will get a chuckle out of anybody who has ever had ‘that annoying friend.’ We’ve all been there – had a friend who was convinced that they knew more than we did, even about our own mental health. It’s what makes the whole issue feel so relatable.

There were some truly down-to-earth moments mixed in with the insanity of it all. Carol’s real struggles – ones that many people can sympathize with. Those struggles also appear to have opened the doorway to something else, and I, for one, am curious to see where it leads.

Also, once again, Kelly Thompson has done it. She’s forced a new ship on me, and I didn’t even see it coming. I certainly wasn’t expecting to find myself shipping a relationship involving Lauri-Ell. Not so soon after her introduction, at least.

Art

The artwork inside Captain Marvel #27 does a fantastic job of running with those over-the-top emotions and reactions. It’s simultaneously so human and absolutely hilarious. Carol’s expressions are a highlight of the issue, so be on the lookout.

You can tell that David Lopez had a lot of fun with the artwork for this. The characters, their expressions, the scenarios they got into. It’s all so entertaining. Personally, though, it’s those expressions that keep pulling me back in. Not just Carol’s, but many of the guest appearances as well.
Triona Farrell’s colors help to accentuate the feel of it all. Especially during those rage-inducing panels that many a person can sympathize with (personally, I’m amazed that Carol didn’t inflict any bodily harm there).

The lettering, provided by VC’s Clayton Cowles, also had a bit of fun. You can practically feel the exasperation dripping off the pages at times. It matches the tone and carries the story along flawlessly.

Conclusion

I’ve been looking forward to Captain Marvel #27 ever since I saw the cover (and those variant covers! Swoon), and it did not let down. It was entertaining, human, and exasperating all in one and made it the perfect issue to follow such an intense plot arc.

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.

Review – Captain Marvel #26 (Marvel Comics)

Dramatic Changes Await in Captain Marvel #26

Carol Danvers’ time in a twisted future continues in Captain Marvel #26. Thanks to magic (literally), Captain Marvel has found herself transported to the very same future that Captain Marvel: The End portrayed.

Now we’re about to see how that plot arc ends, which in itself is a fair bit of irony. Still, Carol has faced insane odds before; the real question is how much this time in the future will affect her outlook for what is to come.

Writing

Captain Marvel #26 officially wraps up ‘The Nerd World’ plot arc, and it does so in such a delightfully memorable way. Kelly Thompson does know how to write an action sequence – as well as a scene that will punch all readers in the gut.

The world of ‘The End’ is fascinating. Depressing, with pockets of hope, but still fascinating. Seeing what heroes survived, who was birthed in this era, and every other little detail. In a way, it’s almost a shame to see it all go.

Almost. Now that the plot is wrapped up, I, for one, am hoping that Carol (and allies) will find a way to prevent that future. Though, only time will tell on that front. I do not doubt that it will get covered at some point.
This is an issue that is full of action, surprise twists, and bittersweet moments. In short, it is the perfect combination of elements for a plot conclusion. Oh! I will also give some major bonus points for a surprise appearance from one of my favorite characters. No, I won’t say who it is, but you’ll know exactly who I’m talking about when you read the issue.

Art

Go ahead and add Captain Marvel #26 to my list of best-illustrated issues. I adore every scene in this issue, even the ones that rip out my heart. Perhaps, especially, those moments. The combination of styles and colors makes for a fantastic reading experience. Okay, Captain Marvel looking so badass doesn’t hurt, but that’s a different story.

Lee Garbett was the lead artist for this issue, once again bringing these alternate versions of fan favorites to life. While helpfully labeled, I love that many of the characters don’t really need it – as they are distinct on their own.

The colors work real hard to steal the show here, and it’s tempting to say that they succeed. Provided by Antonio Fabela, Captain Marvel dominates every panel she’s in, thanks to a certain power boost. She’s vibrant in the most literal sense, and the colors help enhance that overwhelming feeling of power.

VC’s Clayton Cowles’s lettering also helped set the scene, from emphasizing impact and volume to portraying all of the emotion our characters must have been feeling. It’s exactly the sort of lettering one would hope to see in an issue such as this.

Conclusion

I am sad that Captain Marvel #26 brings a wrap to this plot arc in many ways. Still, it’s impossible not to be extremely curious about where things will go from here. As the saying goes, when one door closes, another one opens.

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.

Review – Captain Marvel #25 (Marvel Comics)

Two Opposing Forces in Captain Marvel #25

This strange battle for the future continues in Captain Marvel #25. She may not know the whole story of why she is here or what happened to her fellow heroes. But that won’t stop her from standing up for those who survived.

For those of you that haven’t been following along (a real shame, for the record, as this plot arc, has been a delight to read): The last arc is set in the time of Captain Marvel: The End. She has once again been transported to that deadly timeline. And once again, she has been called upon to save the day.

That being said, we’re all expecting a better end for her this time around. Well, better may not be the correct term, as Carol did that time around was more than a little impressive. Really, we’re rooting/counting on her survival.

Writing

If you’re looking for an issue of Captain Marvel that is full of both humor and some seriously badass moments, then Captain Marvel #25 is the issue for you. This is the issue that this entire arc has been building towards.

Kelly Thompson packed this issue to the brim of memorable and unforgettable scenes. Not just for Carol’s sake, but for the allies (new and old) that she has found in this future timeline. It’s also an issue that provides insight into what is happening – the good and the bad.

Overall, this is one of those issues that will make fans cheer. It’s also probably going to forge a whole new fandom for a (relatively) new character, and she truly does deserve it after everything she’s been through. So add me to the list of supporters there!

Captain Marvel #25 is far from a smash and grab issue. There is so much intelligence in what is happening, how it was orchestrated, what the antagonists want. The individuality of each of the supporting characters (all protagonists in their own right). All of it.

Art

Captain Marvel #25 features some fantastic panels and pages. I know I’m not the only fan out there hoping to see a print or two of some of these scenes. Not only because they’re simply incredible, but because of what they mean to the fans.

Lee Garbett and Belen Ortega teamed up again for this issue, with Ortega taking charge of all the flashback scenes. Together they captured the epic nature of Carol’s latest adventure, especially as we neared towards the end of the issue.

Antonio Fabela’s colors worked so hard to make the scenes even more impressive. Something I wouldn’t have thought possible. They’re inspiring and vibrant, showcasing the sheer power levels that are at work.

The lettering provided by VC’s Clayton Cowles is the final touch that this issue deserved. The lettering helped capture the weight of impact, the disturbing nature hidden within the details, and so much more. It was brilliantly done, as always.

Conclusion

Captain Marvel #25 is another impressive addition to Captain Marvel’s career. I know that I can’t be the only fan (well, fangirl, and no shame in it) that’s ecstatic to see that final page for this issue. Now to see where it all leads.

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.

Review – Captain Marvel #24 (Marvel Comics)

The Danger Reveals Itself in Captain Marvel #24

Carol Danvers’ unwilling adventure back into the future continues in Captain Marvel #24. While she may not know how it happened, she is once again back into the world that Captain Marvel: The End introduced.

A world that has seen better days. Heroes have risen, but just as many have fallen. The survivors are hanging on by a thread, thanks largely in part to the help of the Carol of their timeline. Whose sacrifice allowed them to keep going on.

Now, fans are left wondering what this version of Carol will be asked to do. Or if there’s anything she can do to prevent this horrible event from ever taking place. One can only hope.

Writing

In many ways, it feels like Captain Marvel #24 is the issue this plot arc has been waiting for. Though perhaps that will change, as not everything has unfolded yet. One thing is certain; Kelly Thompson wrote a truly compelling piece here.

This is an issue that raises dozens of questions while also leaving room for a couple of ‘aha!’ moments. A very satisfying combination, if I may say so. Once again, we’re learning more about those few that survived – and their children.

Only this time around, it feels like it’s mostly bad news. Even the good news (people surviving) seems to be creatively spun, obfuscating the truth of what is really going on. The end result? A few action sequences and a cliffhanger that’s going to keep us on our toes.

Still, there’s plenty to think about in the meantime. Namely, the few major revelations that Thompson snuck into this timeline. They’re total mind-benders, and I love it so much. How many more surprising twists do you think will be woven into the rest of this plot arc? Here’s hoping for a few more, at the very least!

Art

The artwork in Captain Marvel #24 is one of the many reasons why this series has become so memorable. The new character designs alone are enough to cause any fan to freak out. Followed by a detailed comb-over, as they try and catch every nuance, there is to the new additions.

Lee Garbett and Belen Ortega are the lead artists for this issue, bringing the plot to life with so much brilliant. It’s amazing how that growing sense of dread seems to pore through the artwork itself, as well as through the writing. You can see it in their faces, in the tension in the backs. That is just one of the highlights of the artwork here.

Antonio Fabela’s colors are fantastic – they’re bold and bright, despite the somber tones. It helps that exterior shots allow for a beautiful snowy backdrop. The colors work to make the characters, old and new, pop off the pages.

VC’s Clayton Cowles’ lettering is the final touch here, and you really can feel the import of the words here. You can tell when a whispered conversation is occurring or when a battle has begun.

Conclusion

Captain Marvel #24 is a thrilling read, with more than one mic-drop worth talking about among fans. The ending alone is enough to have me counting down the days until the next issue, all while thinking about the revelations that have already occurred.

This whole plot has both answered and raised questions about Captain Marvel: The End single issue. Yet I still can’t help that we’ll get more information in the next issue as well. A fact that feels almost a given at this point.

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.

Review – Captain Marvel #23 (Marvel Comics)

New Heroes, New Battles in Captain Marvel #23

Carol Danvers’ series is once again bringing her to the events in ‘The End’ in Captain Marvel #23. It seems that for heroes like Carol, there really is no such thing as a break or a vacation, for that matter.

Captain Marvel: The End is an issue that came out several months ago, portraying a devastated world. A world where many heroes (and civilians) have fallen while many more continue to live on and fight.

This is the world that Carol has once again been transported to, which is fortunate. As once again, these haggard survivors could use the help of the mighty Captain Marvel.

Writing

Whew. Captain Marvel #23 is a serious whirlwind of an adventure. This is an issue full of complexity and intensity and so much more in between. Written by Kelly Thompson, Carol’s story has found all new heights.

Set in a not-so-distant future, this entire plot arc has allowed Thompson to take risks. Here, she can play with a world that is all her own. The characters that survived, the world they’ve created. All of it.

It’s fascinating. It’s also dark at times when picturing all of those who have fallen. This issue doesn’t shy away from those events, revealing how things came to be. It answers many questions while raising even more along the way.

Captain Marvel is an issue full of highs and lows. The highs are truly spectacular, leaving these bright moments for fans to cheer about. The lows…they are heavy, weighted beings. It’s a bittersweet balance, one that I’ve only ever seen Kelly Thompson master in such a manner.

Finally, I just want to give bonus points for the inclusion of a few surprise characters. Some are newly designed, while others have made their way to this new timeline. One appearance, in particular, made me laugh, something I will forever be grateful for.

Art

Captain Marvel #23 is full of characters old and new, all of which are portrayed with such vibrancy. The new character designs are fantastic, as are countless other smaller details sprinkled throughout the pages.

Lee Garbett was the lead artist for this issue, working alongside Antonio Fabela for colors and VC’s Clayton Cowles for letters. On top of all that, Belen Ortega’s artwork was used for relevant flashbacks.

There are several notable pages and panels throughout this issue. One portrays many of the new or aged characters. This page makes great reference material, as every hero is nicely labeled (with their powers to boot). That is far from the last panel worth talking about, but most of those are going to be fun surprises for readers to discover all on their own.

Conclusion

Captain Marvel #23 is an intense yet enthralling read, giving a glimpse into a dark and twisted future. It’s a future that readers can’t help, but hope will be avoided. Even while we desperately devour all the little details provided.

This issue answers so many questions about ‘The End’ plot arc while managing to raise even more in the process. This plot has quickly become more involved than ever expected, and I can’t wait to see what happens 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.

Review – Captain Marvel #22 (Marvel Comics)

Coming Back to The End In Captain Marvel #22

Now that the events of Empyre have concluded, it’s time to dive into a whole new plot arc for Carol Danvers. In Captain Marvel #22, things are about to change, and yet some of those changes feel hauntingly familiar…

The events in this issue tie indirectly what events from Captain Marvel: The End #1, so I would strongly suggest fans go back and read that first if they haven’t already. The plot will still make sense without it, but many vital context will be lost (not to mention spoilers).

Seeing this plot rear its head again is both bitter and sweet, for reasons that many surely already understand. Yet there’s also a sense of lingering hope – hope that this time, Captain Marvel can make a change without the high costs.

Writing

Captain Marvel #22 is an issue full of beautiful highs and intense lows. It encompasses many details from recent plot arcs for Carol and then some. Written by Kelly Thompson, this issue is one whirlwind of a read.

There’s a lot to love about this issue – there are a few feel-good moments earlier on, all of which were setting the scene. It is a classic trope, but one that was used to great effect here. Combined with the character cameos, it will make you smile.

Right before everything changes, that is. If you’ve read the events in Captain Marvel: The End #1, the odds are good that you’re probably already trying to guess at what those changes are. After all, that was an iconic moment in her history.

There’s a lot to take in over the course of this single issue—lots of changes and even more characters. Not to mention all of the hints and implications about what has happened. All things considered, this is one heck of a start for a new plot arc. It has raised so many questions and will keep readers waiting for the next issue to drop.

Art

Captain Marvel #22 is full to the brim of bold and brilliant artwork – courtesy of Lee Garbett (art), Tamra Bonvillain (colors), and VC’s Clayton Cowles (letters). It’s an issue specifically designed to elicit as much emotion as possible, all while starting a new and thrilling tale.

The characters are instantly recognizable, which doesn’t sound like a feat, but trust me, given the situation, it is. Likewise, the newly introduced characters have fascinating designs, most of which hints at their origins.

Then there’s that color palette! The colors are divine, with even the backdrops getting a heavy dose of bold coloring. It’s all thematically appropriate while also being memorable.

There’s a stark transition that occurs in this issue, and the artists did an excellent job of portraying it. There is no concern revolving around the show and tell in this instance – even a glance can make the change clear as day.

Conclusion

Captain Marvel #22 is the start of a new plot arc for Carol, and yet it is one that feels familiar. Connected to Captain Marvel: The End, this plot is going to give fans a chance to finally get some answers, all while leaving room for hope. And concern. Only time will tell how Carol is going to resolve the current situation she’s found herself in.

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.

Review – Death’s Head #1 (Marvel Comics)

Trials, Tribulations, and Deception in Death’s Head #1, Yes?

Death’s Head has finally gotten his own miniseries, and you just know he’s going to make the most of it. The robotic bounty hunter has always had a way of getting himself into the most unique circumstances, and we’re sure that’s not going to stop now.

Death’s Head #1 introduces our protagonist (not to be confused with hero) and the new mess he’s gotten himself into this time. There are plenty of cameos to be found as well, so fans all over are likely going to enjoy this issue.

This series is going to be a bit out there for some. But for fans of the character, it’s guaranteed to be a bucket of laughs, Yes?

Writing

Tini Howard didn’t waste any time introducing our main character or the plot he’s dealing with. Given that this series will only be four issues long, that makes quite a bit of sense. Due to that, Death’s Head #1 is a true whirlwind of events. But it’s a fun sort of chaos that can only come from quirky characters like this one.

It’s always interesting to see what secondary characters will get pulled into a miniseries like this one. That being said, they made some solid choices here. None of the characters are large enough to be distracting on their own, so they’re perfect supporting characters. Even the ones that are doing the exact opposite of supporting Death’s Head. And trust me, there’s a lot of that going around.

While this issue doesn’t take a lot of time explaining the character’s backstory, new fans could likely pick up this issue and get a general idea of what is happening. However, they would likely miss out on several references. The humor would remain intact, at least.

Art

The artwork in Death’s Head #1 is something to behold. It manages to keep up with Death’s Head’s antics, the multiple characters introduced, and some of the quirkiness that comes with outerverse characters like this one.

Kei Zama is the lead artist for the issue, while Felipe Sobreiro did the coloring. Both were effective on their own, but together they’re truly stand out. Zama had a lot of fun drawing some of these characters and scenes, while Sobreiro made them shine.

There were some genuinely odd scenes rendered here and several that moved as quickly as the pace. But there was never any issue telling what was going on, in a visual sense. Even when the pages were at their most cluttered, it’s an impressive feat.

Conclusion

Death’s Head #1 is the start of an insane and hilarious new miniseries. I can see why they are limited to four issues, even while considering it a shame that it won’t go on longer. It’s already proving to be just as fun and chaotic as expected. And it’s pulled in even more named Marvel characters than I was expecting.

This series will be absolutely perfect for all the fans of this bounty hunter. New fans could be found here as well, though I don’t know how they’ll take some of the more specific references. Especially given the lack of hand-holding that occurs. I think it’s worth a shot, especially since it’s such a short run.

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.

Review – Captain Marvel #20 (Marvel Comics)

Captain Marvel #20: A New Force To Be Reckoned With

Woah, are we getting Captain Marvel two weeks in a row? This is the break we needed in 2020. But seriously, Captain Marvel #20 is a perfectly timed issue. Especially considering how well it ties into the more significant events of the universe.

The last three issues of Captain Marvel have tied directly into the Empyre event occurring in Marvel. That being said, you don’t need to follow that significant arc if you don’t want to (though I am enjoying it). You will get some spoilers for that event, but at least you can still enjoy your normal dose of Carol Danvers.

Honestly, this issue has already made its way into my list of favorites from Carol’s series, though for various reasons. It just goes to show that there’s still so much left to Captain Marvel’s story.

Writing

Captain Marvel #20 was written by Kelly Thompson, and it shows. There’s so much going on within these pages, yet it all seems to fit perfectly together. Even when taking the larger event into account, it still feels…right.

The inclusion of several other heroes certainly didn’t hurt (see the cover). It made me want to see this team become a more permanent fixture. Realistically, that’s not going to happen. But a girl can dream.

This issue perfectly balances the humor with reality. Given that there’s a war going on, the latter probably isn’t all that surprising. Yet, there are still plenty of moments for beloved characters to shine here.

Though it’s the smaller moments that add a lot of depth to what is happening here. Moments between the characters that could easily be overlooked if not for how carefully written (and sweet) they are.

When it’s all put together, it makes for a brilliant issue. Some feel-good moments, some butt-kicking moments (naturally), some tension, and some laughs. It’s a recipe that Thompson has mastered and put to significant effect here.

Art

The artwork within Captain Marvel #20 is bold and brave – much like the character, it’s supporting. The new team looks fantastic in their new outfit, and the design of the latest character is excellent (and commented upon, a nice touch).

Cory Smith (pencils) and Adriano Di Benedetto (inks) worked together to bring this plot to life. Carol’s looking fierce, as is her crew. Their work allowed the big moments and the little moments to shine side by side, and it is precisely what this plot needed.

Meanwhile, Tamra Bonvillain provided those fantastic colors that she’s known so well for. Everything seems to pop off the pages, with certain elements grabbing the eyes more effectively than others. Most notably, the latest power source/weapon (again, take a peek at that cover).

VC’s Clayton Cowles provided the lettering for this issue, and there are some great moments thanks to his work. Most notably, there’s an iconic scene at the end that wouldn’t have had nearly the same level of impact without such a creative delivery.

Conclusion

Captain Marvel #20 carries forward so many different elements, all of which flawlessly work together to create something grand and exciting. This is by far one of the best tie-in arcs seen in quite some time, providing lots of fun and character development all at once.

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.

Review – Captain Marvel #19 (Marvel Comics)

The Trials of War and Families in Captain Marvel #19

Captain Marvel #19 continues the explosive tie-in to Marvel’s Empyre event. The Avengers, and every other living creature for that matter, is facing war like no other. During this time, Carol herself has gone through many changes.

Not least of which is the latest bit of news she’s received. The last issue dropped quite the proverbial bomb on Carol, and now we see the fallout of that news. All while the war still wages on, naturally.

This issue masterfully shows off the ability to multitask. Not just on Carol’s part, but for the writing and creative team as well. All things told this is one that fans are not going to want to miss out on.

Writing

Captain Marvel #19 is a finely crafted balance. With emotional scenes, humor, and tension doled out in ways that only Kelly Thompson can manage. This issue isn’t afraid to throw everything at Carol and thus the readers.

There is so much to love about this issue (even if you’re not following the event itself). Thompson has created a thrilling issue, with lots of jokes and references strewn around. Plus, there’s some precious Chewie content, and who doesn’t love that?

Don’t get me wrong – there’s a serious nature to this issue as well. My heart just happened to latch on to all of the good moments. The war and Carol’s latest investigation are still ongoing, and there’s literally no avoiding those facts.

Honestly, I can’t help but hope that some of the plot points introduced for this arc stick around. Okay, mostly, I just mean one major plot point, and it’s probably pretty obvious which one I mean. It’s been a shockingly…cute addition to her series, one I didn’t expect. Yet it makes Carol feel even more human (which is ironic, I know).

As somebody who has been keeping up with Empyre, and all of the issues connected to it, I have to say that this one is my favorite. The whole Captain Marvel event has been stellar, providing a story true to her character while still forcing her to deal with the larger events of the Marvel Universe.

Art

Captain Marvel #19 had a brilliant art team to support the tale. It also happens to have two of my favorite covers for her series so far, which is a nice bonus. Credit to Jorge Molina and Ariel Olivetti for those fantastic covers.

Working on this issue, you’ll find; Cory Smith (pencils), Andriano di Benedetto (inks), Tamra Bonvillain (colors), and VC’s Clayton Cowles (letters). Together they created something that held to the balance Thompson created.

It’s tense, it’s full of action, and it has some sincerely adorable moments to fill in the gaps. As well as those humor-tinted scenes. Altogether, it makes for a visually compelling read. Carol looks bold and dynamic – as do the characters that pop out of Empyre for this issue.

The colors are bright, as one would expect when Bonvillain is at the helm. And I have to bring this up one more time; the panels, including Chewie, are some of my favorites. We all need more Chewie in our lives (I know I do).

Conclusion

Captain Marvel #19 was the perfect blend of plot and event tie-in. The adventure that Carol is on is not one we expected, but it’s been brilliant nonetheless. The war is affecting her life, as it’s affecting everyone else. Yet, she might be gaining something in the process and assuming that things aren’t about to go horribly wrong (fingers crossed).

If you haven’t been reading Empyre, some of the events in this issue might be a little bit confusing, but frankly not as much as you might expect. The series has done its best to make the event palatable for everyone, and it shows. So please don’t let the event scare you off from keeping up to date with your favorite heroes. (Though I may be biased here, as I’ve been enjoying the event itself as well).

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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