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Review – Captain Marvel #10 (Marvel Comics)

Captain Marvel #10
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Summary

Writer: Kelly Thompson
Artist: Carmen Carnero
Colorist: Tamra Bonvillain
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release Date: September 11th, 2019
Maturity Rating: T+

Captain Marvel #10 finally brings Carol some answers, along with several new challenges for her to face. How will she handle all of this?

Captain Marvel #10: Allies and Enemies

If you’ve been following Captain Marvel’s series then you already know that Carol has been facing a lot of new and different challenges of late. But finally, Captain Marvel #10 starts to reveal the puzzle that she’s been working on this whole time.

This issue continues the “Falling Star” plot, and will finally give fans some answers about what has been happening to Carol. It’s also going to up the ante, so consider yourselves warned! On the bright side, this issue shows Captain Marvel at her best, doing what she loves and being so very passionate about it.

Writing

Captain Marvel #10 (Marvel Comics) cover by Mark Brooks
Captain Marvel #10 (Marvel Comics) cover by Mark Brooks

Kelly Thompson’s run of Captain Marvel continues in this issue, and I’ve got to say I love what she’s been doing here. Not only is she breaking Carol down to build her back up (a common theme for this character), but she’s been acknowledging Carol’s past at the same time. It brings a lot of Carol’s life full circle, and the end result is something truly amazing.

Captain Marvel #10 was a whirlwind of a read. There’s a lot that happens, following the cliffhanger of the last issue. Yet the pacing didn’t feel rushed—it all seemed to flow organically. But that fact is secondary to knowing that Carol is finally getting some of the answers she’s been looking for.

In many ways, this plot is a hat-tip to Carol’s past. It references events that have happened recently to Carol, and events that are much further off. By doing so, Thompson increased the intensity of the plot, and gave Carol a chance to face her inner demons. It’s a refreshing take on this long-standing favorite.

Art

The artwork behind Captain Marvel #10 is striking. Carol has always been a character to wear her heart on her sleeve—or rather, her emotions have always been clearly written on her face. Yet our artistic team here really managed to bring those expressions to new heights, a constant reminder that this really is a fight for Carol.

Carmen Carnero was the lead artist on this issue, with Tamra Bonvillain providing her amazing colors. Together they gave us a variety of scenes—from the emotional to the intense fight scenes. Some panels were truly outstanding, but I’ll leave those as surprises for you to find out.

Last, but not least, VC’s Clayton Cowles did an outstanding job with the lettering for this issue. There were several explanations and conversations that needed to be shown in this issue; Cowles did an excellent job making them fit in with the panels and artwork.

Conclusion

Captain Marvel #10 was an intense read, bringing character arcs and plots full circle. The issue also finally gave Carol (and thus, the readers) a chance to finally understand what has been going on this whole time. The answer is a satisfying one, and surely won’t disappoint fans.

“Falling Stars” has been a rollercoaster for many fans, and the tale isn’t over yet. We know that there’s going to be at least one more issue in this plot, before diving into the one that so many people online have been talking about. (Hint: it involves one of the symbiotes).


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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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