REVIEW: ‘Captain Marvel,’ Issue #10

Reading Time: 3 minutes

Captain Marvel #10 is published by Marvel Comics, written by Kelly Thompson, with art by Carmen Carnero, colors by Tamra Bonvillain, and letters by Clayton Cowles. Revelations come as Captain Marvel finally gets to the bottom of why her powers are failing. And upon learning the truth, she sets out to put things to right.

Captain Marvel #10 has plenty of opportunities to fail. Given all the ground it covers, it would be completely understandable if the story felt hurried or if some of the big moments weren’t given enough time to breathe. Happily, however, this is not the case. Thompson once again shows off her talent for utilizing every one of the pages at her disposal. This issue is filled with revelations and does not waste a panel or word.

But even as the story is brought together with sublime skill the true star of the writing is, as always the character herself. Thompson’s excellent understanding of Carol is the key to this book. Carol, first and foremost, is a hero. And that is something Thompson never loses sight of. It has been the key ingredient to this magnificent run of comic that Captain Marvel #10 only adds to.

In previous issues of Captain Marvel, Carol’s character was viewed through the lenses of her friends. This story takes a step away from that, focusing almost solely on Carol herself. Overall, Captain Marvel#10’s keeps the same focus as previous entries, while still feeling a bit different from recent issues.

This focus on Carol is emphasized by Carnero’s wonderful art. She captures the humanity of the larger than life Captain Marvel within each panel. Carol’s vulnerability is never shied away from in the panels. The skill to keep Carol human while not diminishing her heroism is no small feat. The fact that Carnero and Thompson are both focusing on this element makes it feel even more natural. Their harmonious approach is always evident. It is some of the best creative chemistry between writer and artist I have ever experienced.

What further highlights Carol’s strengths is how they are placed in contrast to her opponent’s vices. Carol’s need to help and protect is put in direct opposition to the careless indifference of her enemies. As always, the best villains are the very antithesis of the hero. This is most evident in this issue’s climactic finale. Pitting a hero against everything she isn’t is a timeless storytelling mechanic.

As I finished my reading of Captain Marvel #10 I found myself even more eager than usual for next month’s issue. This entire storyline has been wonderful and this issue further adds to that greatness with its character moments and a finale that sets up a magnificent finish. If you love stories where the struggles faced by the hero is as much without as within you need to be reading Captain Marvel.

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Captain Marvel #10
5

TL;DR

This entire storyline has been wonderful and this issue further adds to that greatness with its character moments and a finale that sets up a magnificent finish.