REVIEW: ‘Captain Marvel,’ Issue #19

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Captain Marvel #19

Captain Marvel #19 is published by Marvel Comics, written by Kelly Thompson, with art by Cory Smith, inks by Adriano Di Benedetto, colors by Tamra Bonvillain, and letters by Clayton Cowles. After leaving the scene of a massacre with her newly discovered half-sister who is accused of committing said massacre, Carol sets out to try to discover what really happened. While doing so she begins to suspect that the Kree Universal Weapon might be influencing her judgment. Also, her half-sister takes Chewie for a walk.

Sometimes, all I want from a comic book is a fun, light read to distract me for a few minutes. It needs some light jokes, perhaps a few hands getting thrown, and to wrap itself up with a nice hook to keep me looking forward to what is coming next. Yeah. Sometimes a boy just wants to have fun. Happily, Captain Marvel #19 is just the sort of fun I was looking for.

Our story opens with our titular hero catching up Emperor Hulkling on her side of the situation. The conversation is rocky at best, but Carol manages to convince the Emperor to give her some time to find out what really happened to that joint Kree/Skrull city that has been mysteriously reduced to a smoldering crater.

Upon returning to the scene of the crime Carol does her best to sift through the rubble for some clue as to what happened. Alas, investigative work is not her forte, and she didn’t think to bring either of her favorite Jessicas along. She does however possess a curious weapon that seems capable of aiding her search. Though she is rapidly beginning to suspect it might be influencing her judgment.

The rest of Captain Marvel #19 focuses on Carol’s half-sister Lauri-Ell. Having been left under the watchful eyes of Chewie the Flerken(looks like a cat) Lauri ends up stumbling through a few well-intentioned misadventures. These fish out of water moments are handled perfectly. Though it may also be partly due to the fact that I one hundred percent agree with Lauri’s reaction to cat food. Thompson has always had a lovely gift for being able to grace her stories with an undeniable charm and warmth. These sequences highlight that gift perfectly.

The art in Captain Marvel #19 continues to deliver a strong presentation for its narrative. Benedetto does a particularly good job with Lauri. The images of her squeezed into Carol’s clothes for her excursion out into the world are perfect. These light-hearted moments are further aided by Bonvillain’s always vibrant color choices.

The issue’s presentation is wrapped up with the steady work of Cowles on letters. As always, Cowles delivers a strong performance, providing a clear delivery of Captain Marvel #19‘s story.

Captain Marvel #19 provides some fun moments and setups up the next issue in an interesting way. I won’t spoil what it is, but I’m excited about it. Thompson has found a clever way of incorporating some of Carol’s best friends into the story and I am always here for a Carol and friends adventure.

Captain Marvel #19 is available on August 12th wherever comics are sold.

‘Captain Marvel,’ Issue #19
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TL;DR

Captain Marvel #19 provides some fun moments and setups up the next issue in an interesting way. I won’t spoil what it is, but I’m excited about it. Thompson has found a clever way of incorporating some of Carol’s best friends into the story and I am always here for a Carol and friends adventure.