REVIEW: ‘Captain Marvel,’ Issue #26

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Captain Marvel #26

Captain Marvel #26 is published by Marvel Comics, written by Kelly Thompson, art by Lee Garbett, with colors by Antonio Fabela, and letters by Clayton Cowles. Captain Marvel is free from her imprisonment at the hands of Ove and The Enchantress. And with Brigid gifting some of Mjolnir’s power to her she is ready to take Ove on. But even with this new power will she be strong enough to put the Atlantian’s plan to rest?

It often comes down to sacrifice. How much are you willing to pay to make a situation go your way. It’s been said that the hero is the one always willing to make the sacrifice play. To throw themselves on the grenade so that everyone else gets to walk away. Yet while they are more than willing to sacrifice themselves, they struggle with the concept of another’s sacrifice. That there isn’t always another way. That everyone doesn’t necessarily get to go home. Unfortunately, this is how life works out sometimes. Sometimes, a price has to be paid.

Captain Marvel #26 picks up right where the last issue left off, as Carol, complete with her new fiery design, takes it to Ove. With her entire team lose and joining the fray this seems like their best shot to ruin Ove’s plans. But the Enchantress has locked herself and Magik in a protective dome, and even the new Thor is having trouble cracking it open.

This opening sequence is fast, frantic, and wonderfully layered. Thompson does an excellent job of making time for both pulse-pounding action, as well as opportunities for clever planning and character. But while this opening battle sequence is an excellent way to begin this finale, it is the back half of the book that steals the show.

I can’t say much without giving massive spoilers away, but I will just say there is a moment that truly breaks my heart. Thompson holds nothing back in this ending and shows how much she truly understands the cast she utilizes here. Another fantastic performance from one of my favorite character writers.

Not to be outdone by its writing, Captain Marvel #26’s art is equally magnificent. Garbett delivers some amazing action moments, as well as crafting another superb look for Earth’s Mightiest Hero. Garbett does no less of a stellar job delivering the comic’s more emotional back half as well. While I’m sad to learn that this issue will be the last the artist has with this book, it has been one stupendous run. I can’t wait to see what job awaits him next. But I know it’ll be nothing but higher, further, faster for him!

The art in this story is further enhanced by Fabela’s vibrant colorwork. This is most noticeable in Carol herself. As her new fiery form practically leaps out of panels. This is also brought to the forefront of the presentation through the numerous energy effects throughout the book. From Enchantress’s protective dome to the crackling lighting of off Mjolnir, every effect looks sharp and eye-catching.

Rounding out the book’s presentation is another solid delivery by Cowles on letters. His dialogue placement keeps the story running smoothly while not impeding the reader’s ability to appreciate the art.

When all is said and done Captain Marvel #26 delivers an excellent wrap-up to its storyline. With action, character, and heart all in abundance, it is everything I have come to expect from his title. Here’s to whatever comes next!

Captain Marvel #26 is available on February 24th wherever comics are sold.

‘Captain Marvel,’ Issue #26
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TL;DR

When all is said and done Captain Marvel #26 delivers an excellent wrap-up to its storyline. With action, character, and heart all in abundance, it is everything I have come to expect from his title. Here’s to whatever comes next!