REVIEW: ‘Captain Marvel’ #11

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Captain Marvel #11
 is published by Marvel Comics, written by Kelly Thompson, art by Carmen Carnero, colors by Tamra Bonvillain, and letters by Clayton Cowles. Picking up immediately after last issue’s revelation that Star has infected the entire city of New York with the lifeforce draining virus she had infected Carol with. The situation is desperate. As New York’s population slips away around her, Carol is left with an agonizing choice.

Captain Marvel #11 sees the conclusion to the “falling star” storyline with the same exceptional emotional beats that have been a highlight of the current run of Captain Marvel since the first issue. The public’s safety is threatened and Carol cannot save them with her fists. So, like every great hero, she uses her heart. By choosing to go this route, writer Thompson continues to emphasize how the greatest powers Carol wields are not born of her special genetics. Instead, they are born of her immeasurable capacity to care. Even if many of the people she is defending wanted to run her off the planet just hours earlier.

Captain Marvel #11 also continues to highlight Thompson’s magnificent range as a writer. As Star’s personality continues to be revealed we see how much she has come to be a perfect opposite to Carol. While Carol always strives to protect and serve, Star has become obsessed with her own empowerment. While wanting to feel safe and strong within one’s self is perfectly natural, Star’s pursuit of it has risen to unhealthy levels. She jeopardizes millions in her pursuit of security through strength. Through this, her character serves to show how any goal taken to unhealthy levels becomes toxic.

Complementing this emotional script, for the final time, is Carnero’s amazing art. Her mastery of emotional expression never fails to highlight the depth of the characters’ feelings. Whether Carol’s compassion or Star’s rage, the emotions at play are always front and center. This character focus has become a hallmark of the book through its first eleven issues. Having the job of trying to match Carnero’s work with Thompson is asking a lot of any artist. I look forward to seeing where the art goes from here.

The only complaint I have with Captain Marvel #11 comes with Carol’s final solution to Star’s threat to New York. With how I came to understand the situation, the final resolution shouldn’t work. While this narrative hiccup isn’t a story breaking problem it was a bit of a disappointment. Thompson usually keeps the narrative running so smoothly that this stumble feels exceptionally jarring. But, the greatest cost of being exceptional has always been how much it makes the smallest mistakes stick out.

When all is said and done Captain Marvel #11 is an excellent ending to its storyline. It is packed with the powerful messaging and imagery I have come to expect from this magnificent title. Even if a minor narrative stumble muddies the waters a little.

Lastly, I want to end this month’s review with a special thank you to Carmen Carnero for her magnificent work on this book. Her visuals have come to define Carol Danvers for me and I look forward to seeing her expressive art continue in all of her future endeavors.

Captain Marvel #11 is available now.

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TL;DR

When all is said and done Captain Marvel #11 is an excellent ending to its storyline. It is packed with the powerful messaging and imagery I have come to expect from this magnificent title.