Silencing The Dark Voice: ‘Captain Marvel #16 (#150)’ Reviewed

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead
Captain Marvel has been taken prisoner by the Vox Supreme. Thankfully, she planned for this and was given a sonic weapon by Iron Man. She uses it to destroy the suit Vox gave her and to stun her captor. Captain America also gave Carol his shield and she retrieves that for the fight. Unfortunately, the Vox Supreme can shout like Black Bolt and he uses it to knock Captain Marvel into the glass chamber containing the Avenger genetic material which the Vox was going to use to create his army. Instead, it’s now mutating Carol Danvers. Meanwhile, the other Avengers and reserve members go to find all the Kree refugees in which Vox Supreme implanted his bombs.

Captain Marvel #16 cover by Mark Brooks
Captain Marvel #16 cover by Mark Brooks

Captain Marvel #16/#150 brings the “Last Avenger” story to a conclusion, with Carol Danvers finally taking the fight to Vox Supreme, even if it doesn’t go like how she could have expected.
This comic actually gets pretty weird pretty fast. Despite how straightforward the story seems, the turn where Captain Marvel begins mutating into other Avengers injects a good bit of body horror into the book. It’s not just that her body starts swelling with Hulk muscle and turning green–we see the faces of Tony Stark and others forming on her shoulder and back. It’s very unsettling.
That said, the fight still has some really cool moments. We get to see Carol use Cap’s shield and even briefly wield Mjolnir–though the explanation for how that latter one happens makes no sense with the rules of Mjolnir. It’s still awesome though.
Captain Marvel #16 art by Lee Garbett, Tamra Bonvillain, and letterer VC's Clayton Cowles
Captain Marvel #16 art by Lee Garbett, Tamra Bonvillain, and letterer VC’s Clayton Cowles

Lee Garbett’s artwork once again looks fantastic and the fight scenes deliver all the impact and satisfaction that one could hope for. The depiction of Captain Marvel’s energy projection and Vox Supreme’s voice is also quite good. Tamra Bonvillain gives the book a bombastic and cosmic color palette balanced by all the black and dark blue. It looks great.
Captain Marvel #16/#150 brings a strange, fun, and explosive finale to this arc. We see Carol finally take the fight to Vox Supreme in a thoroughly enjoyable comic that looks downright awesome. This one definitely gets a recommendation. Feel free to give it a read.
Captain Marvel #16 comes to us from writer Kelly Thompson, artist Lee Garbett, color artist Tamra Bonvillain, letterer VC’s Clayton Cowles, cover artist Mark Brooks, and variant cover artists Inhyuk Lee; Peach Momoko; and Dan Panosian.
Final Score: 8.5/10

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