Taking Her Life Back: Captain Marvel #9 Reviewed

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Captain Marvel steps down from Alpha Flight, leaving Abigail Brand in charge. Carol and Rhodey then go on a search for Dr. Minerva in the sewers under Manhattan. They don’t find Minerva anywhere, but they do find another kraken like the one that attacked New York weeks ago. It wakes up and attacks the city. Carol can’t muster enough power to stop it, but Star arrives to stop the monster. While this has been happening Spider Woman and Iron Man have been trying to figure out what’s wrong with Carol Danvers. Tony can’t judge from afar, and that’s why he and Jessica coax Carol into going in for a checkup.

Captain Marvel #9 cover by Mark Brooks
Captain Marvel #9 cover by Mark Brooks

Captain Marvel #9 finds Carol Danvers’ powers deteriorating further while she investigates how and why her life has been disintegrating in recent weeks. She doesn’t find the answers, but she finds plenty of clues.

Once again, Kelly Thompson must be commended with how much story she can fit into 20-pages without making it feel rushed or disjointed. The story feels constantly moving and active; no space feels wasted.

I do have to say that the majority of Carol Danvers stories feel like they’re about her powers being on the fritz, and that does take away from the comic a little. The story is still good, but it’s like many Daredevil stories of late being about Matt Murdock quitting the Man Without Fear gig. Both themes feel a little tired.

Regardless, Captain Marvel #9 is damn good, and Thompson’s dialogue is consistently entertaining and adds flavor and personality to all of the characters.

Captain Marvel #9 art by Carmen Carnero, Tamra Bonvillain, and letterer VC's Clayton Cowles
Captain Marvel #9 art by Carmen Carnero, Tamra Bonvillain, and letterer VC’s Clayton Cowles

Carmen Carnero’s artwork is impeccable, and the detailing and texture work never ceases to amaze me. Thanks to Carnero, Captain Marvel is one of the best-looking Marvel comics on the shelves right now, and I hope she sticks around for some time to come. The same goes for the color artwork of Tamra Bonvillain, whose palette brings each panel to bombastic life.

Captain Marvel #9, despite one narrative shortcoming, is another fantastic installment of the series. Kelly Thompson, Carmen Carnero, and Tamra Bonvillain are a power team, and they’ve managed to put out some of the best issues of the series since Kelly Sue Deconnick’s days on the series. This one definitely gets a recommendation. Check it out.

Captain Marvel #9 comes to us from writer Kelly Thompson, artist Carmen Carnero, color artist Tamra Bonvillain, letterer VC’s Clayton Cowles, cover artist Mark Brooks, and variant cover artists John Tyler Christopher; and J.G. Jones with Paul Mounts.

Final Score: 8/10

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