[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
Captain Marvel found Minerva strung up and badly injured in her own underground laboratory. Carol brought her back to Stark Unlimited for medical attention, and, after a time, Minerva wakes up. She explains what she did to Carol and her connection to the Krakens which have been attacking New York over the past few weeks. There is another piece of the puzzle…Star. Carol Danvers needs to confront Star, and it certainly won’t be a peaceful conversation.
Captain Marvel #10 begins the climax of the “Falling Star” story arc. Carol now knows why her powers have been waning, and it, of course, has a lot to do with Minerva and her mission to bring the Kree race back from the brink.
The conversation between Captain Marvel and Minerva is a bit of an exposition dump, but it does put the pieces together nicely for the reader. Plus, we get more of Carol’s angry sass.
The climax of the comic is Carol’s confrontation with Star, and the ensuing battle is exciting and very tense. Carol is still weakened at that point, and Star seems to only be getting stronger.
Of course, a big reason that battle is so awesome to watch is thanks to the fantastic art stylings of Carmen Carnero. She does a phenomenal job of keeping the sequence of action clear and the panels impactful. Plus, her ability to render detail and both subtle and overt emotion from the characters never ceases to amaze me. Tamra Bonvillain makes sure it’s all layered with explosive and absorbing color work that drenches each page in personality and flavor.
Captain Marvel #10 is one of the strongest issues of the series so far. Despite the lengthy exposition, the comic manages to stay engaging with its clever dialogue. Plus, the back half has an intense superhero smackdown rendered by two immense talents in Carnero and Bonvillain. This one definitely gets a recommendation. Give it a read.
Captain Marvel #10 comes to us from writer Kelly Thompson, artist Carmen Carnero, color artist Tamra Bonvillain, letterer VC’s Clayton Cowles, and cover artist Mark Brooks with special thanks to Vita Ayala.
Final Score: 9/10