Review: She-Hulk Vol. 1: Jen Again

Series: She-Hulk (2022) 1-5
Author: Rainbow Rowell
Pencilers: Roge Antonio, Luca Maresca
Colorist: Rico Renzi
Cover Artists: Adam Hughes, Jen Bartel
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Released: October 4, 2022
Received: Own

Let’s all cheer for the latest volume of She-Hulk! But seriously, it’s been a hot minute since Jen Walters got her own series, so I was thrilled to hear the news. The fact that they got one of my favorite cover artists (Jen Bartel) involved is just icing on the cake.

After a wild few months with the Avengers (again), Jen is back to a more normal version of herself. She’s still a hulk, of course. Now she has to figure out how to get back on her feet after having (once again) lost everything.

Well, not everything. She’s still got friends and an amazing lawyer, no matter what anyone else says. Speaking of, it’s time she started dedicating more time to that side of her life. Naturally, superhero chaos will get in the way here and there.

Writing

I’ve read Rainbow Rowell’s work before, thanks to her work on the latest run of Runaways (no pun intended, sorry about that). So I was pretty stoked when I learned she was going to take charge of She-Hulk’s solo series.

Her latest solo series that is. Her second most recent run, written by Mariko Tamaki, is still one of my absolute favorite runs, and nobody will ever convince me otherwise. So this series had some big shoes to fill. Again, no pun intended. Seriously, I don’t know what’s up with me today.

Moving on. This series is set after the events of Jason Aaron’s Avengers. Or certain events, at any rate. So this follows a lot of changes in gamma radiation status for Jen. You don’t technically need to have read all of that to understand what’s going on here. Basically, you just need to know that, once again, Jen is starting from the ground up.

Going back to roots is always fun, especially with a favorite character. Personally, I enjoy it when this happens. Especially when they don’t pretend that the past doesn’t exist. Jen’s history is very much present, especially once we get into the second big arc of the volume.

On that note, this is where readers will want to be a bit more up-to-date in their Marvel lore. It’s a deep pull (relatively speaking), and while the context is provided, the emotional impact carries it SO much further.

My only concern with such a plot point is that since it relies on specific past events, new fans (thanks to the new Marvel series) may find themselves overwhelmed or put off. But otherwise, I’m looking forward to seeing where the heck this is going to go.

Artwork

I already mentioned that I adore the cover art for Jen Again, right? Actually, for the entire She-Hulk 2022 run. It’s amazing, and Jen Bartel is an absolute genius regarding colors. Really, she’s the perfect artist for She-Hulk, and I can’t believe this hadn’t occurred to me until this point. And yes, I will either find some prints of these covers or simply frame a few of the comics as is. I love it that much.

To give credit where credit is due, other artists involved in the covers include Adam Hughes, Roge Antonio and Luca Maresca were the pencil artists for Jen Again, and I’ve got to say – they did a pretty solid job here. The artwork is funny and so very She-Hulk, with a lot of referential humor thrown into the mix (especially in later issues). That’s the thing that will always get me smiling, and I know I can’t be the only reader here.

Rico Renzi, the colorist for Jen Again, also did a great job. I have always adored the bright colors that run through She-Hulk’s series; thankfully, this is no exception. They’re bold but not garish and not afraid to have a bit of fun.

Finally, there’s the lettering, which VC’s Joe Caramagna provided. I’ve always appreciated his work, especially his attention to detail. The lettering is the final touch that brings everything together, so this is a critical piece to get right.

Conclusion

I haven’t looked up how others are feeling about the latest run of She-Hulk, but I have to say: I’m having fun. Going back to She-Hulk basics has been fun, and I certainly appreciate all the laughs I’ve gotten so far. Here’s hoping for more!

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Review: Darkhawk: Airborne

Series: Darkhawk: Airborne
Authors: Kyle Higgins, Dan Abnett, Danny Fingeroth
Artists: Mike Manley, Juanan Ramirez
Pencils: Andrea Di Vito
Inker: Lebeau Underwood
Colorist: Chris Sotomayor, Erick Arciniega, Sebastian Cheng
Letterer: Travis Lanham
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Released: March 1, 2022
Received: Own

As a HUGE fan of Darkhawk, I was so unbelievably excited by the news that the series was getting a reboot. Yeah, I’ll be sad to see Chris go, but it happens, right? Plus, I already adore Connor Young. I’ve always felt that Darkhawk was a seriously underrated character, so it’s nice to see him getting some much needed love here.

Darkhawk: Airborne, is brought to you by a large and impressive group of creatives. Kyle Higgins, Dan Abnett, and Danny Fingeroth were all involved in the creation and writing. While artists included: Mike Manley, Juanan Ramirez, Andrea Di Vito, Chris Sotomayor, Erick Arciniega, Sebastian Cheng, and Travis Lanham.

This volume introduces a new version of Darkhawk (in case that wasn’t obvious): the mantle is officially being passed down to Connor Young. Conner Young was just your average teenage boy. Well, with a few exceptions. He’s a basketball star with so many plans waiting for him. But his life is about to get flipped upside down – in more than one way.

Connor’s origin story is full of emotion, pain, and so much more. It’s probably one of the strongest origin stories I’ve seen in recent years, and I personally really hope that we’ll see more of him in the future.

Writing

Wow. So there’s quite a lot to take in here. Darkhawk: Airborne goes beyond being a triumphant return. Kyle Higgins captured some very human elements when introducing this new hero. Conner Young’s story is immediately compelling, but it kicks off in ways I had not anticipated.
Long story short: there’s more going on in Conner’s life than basketball. A lot more. He’s dealing with medical issues, an uncertain future, and a few other surprises. It makes for a shockingly well-rounded character right out the gate.
Additionally, I love that Higgins reached out to those with this condition to write Connor’s story. It certainly added to the realism and impact of the situation while also giving a voice to the community.
I’m just going to say it, I always have and will always love it when heroes make surprise appearances in other series. In this case, having another hero show up helps add some legitimacy to the new Darkhawk and his adventures. At least, that is how I’m seeing it.

While I love everything on the Conner side of the story, I wish there was more going on with the antagonists. I understand they are a threat (clearly), but something feels lacking in their presence. I can’t quite put my finger on what it is.

Artwork

The artwork for Darkhawk: Airborne is sublime. The colors, character designs, and lettering are like a perfect storm of artwork. Naturally, what first caught my attention was the cover itself: I love seeing Darkhawk with vibrant purple covers. I’ll never get over that thrill. I also adore all the variant covers available (and will be hunting as many of them down as possible, thank you very much).

I love the new take on Darkhawk designs. Likewise, the sense of motion in this graphic novel is stellar – which is pretty important, given that a.) Conner plays basketball, and b.) the way Darkhawk tends to move. Finally, I respect that bruises and other injuries are lingering on our characters. This is yet another grounding feature.

The colors in this volume perfectly match the story and tone. There are times when the colors are bold and bright, and others are almost respectfully somber. It’s a brilliant balance, though naturally, I’m more drawn to the brighter pages.

VC’s Travis Lanham’s lettering is perfect, as always. It’s easy to underestimate the value of lettering, but it is critical. Especially here.

Conclusion

Overall I would have to say that I was happy with Darkhawk: Airborne. It’s always nerve-wracking seeing a character (mantle) go back to the origin story stage, but I think this newest version is fascinating. I truly hope that we’ll see Connon again sometime, hopefully soon. I certainly feel as if his story is far from over.

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.

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.

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