Rallying The Troops With Captain Marvel #3

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

She-Hulk just appeared above Roosevelt Island only to lose consciousness and revert to Jen Walters in a freefall. Captain Marvel narrowly saves her friend, and Carol’s team returns to their home base. She confronts Prince on his duplicity and learns what he’s been hiding. Carol also knows she’s the best chance the women of Roosevelt Island have to defeat Nuclear Man and free everyone from his dominion. She rallies the troops and readies them for a concerted effort to push back on Nuclear Man.

Captain Marvel #3 cover by Amanda Conner and Paul Mounts
Captain Marvel #3 cover by Amanda Conner and Paul Mounts

Captain Marvel #3 is the turning point for the battle for Roosevelt Island. Jen Walters has just joined the effort, and Carol know sher power and leadership may be the only thing that can save the day.

That sounds like a fairly arrogant conclusion for Carol Danvers to make, but she doesn’t think of it in those terms. That does leave the comic–to a point–swooning over its protagonist, but it succeeds by showing the struggle before Captain Marvel and how everyone else has been beaten down.

The context of Life of Captain Marvel helps too, but I can’t fault anyone for coming to this book without having read that miniseries first.

In any case, Kelly Thompson succeeds in scripting another compelling issue with on of Marvel’s greatest heroes. This is still a strange story upon which to start this new run of Captain Marvel, but it’s interesting, fun, and engaging–so no complaints from yours truly there.

Captain Marvel #3 art by Carmen Carnero, Tamra Bonvillain, and letterer VC's Clayton Cowles
Captain Marvel #3 art by Carmen Carnero, Tamra Bonvillain, and letterer VC’s Clayton Cowles

Carmen Carnero continues to make it a damn beautiful comic too. The ad-hoc costumes of all the heroes look good, the wasteland that is Roosevelt Island provides an effecting backdrop, and Carol’s superpowers and energy bursts have rarely looked better. Tamra Bonvillain wraps it all up in explosive color work that brings the aesthetic together excellently.

Captain Marvel #3 is another solid issue of the still-newly relaunched series. We see Carol and her friends rallying against a tyrannical madman and his army while trying to save everyone they can in a fun and compelling tale. This one definitely gets a recommendation. Check it out.

Captain Marvel #3 comes to us from writer Kelly Thompson, artist Carmen Carnero, color artist Tamra Bonvillain, letterer VC’s Clayton Cowles, cover artist Amanda Conner with Paul Mounts, and variant cover artist David Mack.

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