[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
Captain Marvel stands face-to-face with the woman who badly hurt her early in her superhero career: Rogue of the X-Men. Rogue almost finishes Captain Marvel, but the Nuclear Man stops the fight prematurely. Nuclear Man is in control of Rogue, and he wants to have Carol and Anne Marie to duel to the death for the honor of being his bride. Meanwhile, Spider Woman and Som return to base and rallies the girls for a final assault on Nuclear Man’s stronghold.
Captain Marvel #4 digs deep into the core of Carol’s psyche and with this confrontation between she and Rogue. While Carol and Anne Marie have mostly buried the hatchet, the sensation of Rogue’s abilities still haunts Captain Marvel. Even worse, Rogue has gotten an upgrade and can sap Carol’s powers while not even touching her.
All of this said, Captain Marvel vs. Rogue still makes for a cool fight. They are two immensely powerful heroes, and it turns into quite a duel.
The Nuclear Man continues to be an impressively gross villain as you can likely tell from that plot synopsis. If you didn’t already pick up on the fact that he sees women as objects in the first three issues, surely you’d determine that here. It’ll make it all the better when Captain Marvel and the others kick his ass in the issues to come.
Carmen Carnero’s artwork continues to be absolutely gorgeous. The emotion and struggle on display when Carol and Anne Marie fight is visceral and powerful. The fight is brutal, and you can get a feel for the strength being thrown around. Tamra Bonvillain’s color work is well-textured, blended, and atmospheric. The comic is all-around visually wonderful.
Captain Marvel #4 is another great issue from Kelly Thompson, Carmen Carnero, and Tamra Bonvillain. Carol Danvers is a great character that deserves a daring and bold title, and that’s what the team is giving us here. This one easily earns a recommendation. Check it out.
Captain Marvel #4 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 Gerald Parel.