Captain Marvel #14 is published by Marvel Comics, written by Kelly Thompson, art by Lee Garbett, colors by Tamra Bonvillain, and letters by Clayton Cowles. Carol continues to buy time as she hopes to decipher a way to thwart Vox Supreme’s plan. Having defeated Iron Man in the last issue, Carol sets her sights on her next target. But this time she might bite off more than she can chew.
After having the bulk of the last two issues focusing on the action, Captain Marvel #14 takes a moment to let the character take the stage. Seeing Thor and Iron Man reacting to Carol’s plan to stall Vox was an enjoyable interaction. With Thor brimming with bluster and Tony wanting every “i” dotted, these Avengers put a bit of lightness into what has been a fairly heavy story thus far. While their presence in the opening was a fun treat the scene was once again stolen by Carol herself. Just when I think Thompson can’t possibly make Earth’s Mightiest Hero more relatable, she does.
Captain Marvel #14 shows that Carol is flying more or less blind through this one. She has no endgame, no escape route and really just blind faith that her and her compatriots will be able to pull together a win. What makes this noticeably more compelling in this case is the absence of the expected superhero swagger. Sure, superheroes are forced into dire circumstances all the time. Usually, these moments are approached with the supreme confidence we have come to expect from such characters. With Carol, however, there is a genuine fear for her character. She knows what’s at stake and she truly doesn’t know if she can pull this off. In these moments, she feels less like Earth’s Mightiest Hero and more like me when I have a deadline crashing down on me, which is the essence of relatability.
The excellent character work cannot be attributed to Thompson alone. The entire creative team comes together to make this book flow. Garbett gets his first chance this issue to really show how he can capture Carol’s character outside of a good fight; he nails it.
Garbett also does a great job with this issues action sequence. This month’s Avenger requires a much different approach in their style of combat. Happily, this style is captured well, giving this fight a very different rhythm than the previous slugfests we’ve seen.
The colorwork here, by Bonvillain, continues to be solid as well. The book has a nice balance of light and dark keeping its scenes feeling both varied and distinct. Lastly is the lettering. I really like how Cowles lettered this story. With many characters getting distinct letters or colors to their boxes the visual presentation of the writing helped build on the variety, which I mentioned earlier created by the coloring.
With all these elements taken together Captain Marvel #14 is a very good example of a mid-chapter. It builds characters and has some exciting moments that keep you entertained, even if the overall plot doesn’t feel move very far. The finale leaves me looking forward to next month’s issue with eagerness.
Captain Marvel #14 is available wherever comics are sold.
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With all these elements taken together Captain Marvel #14 is a very good example of a mid-chapter.