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Captain Marvel #12

Writer: Kelly Thompson
Artist: Lee Garbett
Colorist: Tamra Bonvillain
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Released: November 20th, 2019
Maturity Rating: T+

Captain Marvel #12 begins an all-new plot in Carol’s story, ‘The Last Avenger.’ It’s a heavy hitting issue that fans are not going to want to miss.

 

A Dark Twist in Captain Marvel #12

 

Captain Marvel #12 is the start of a whole new plot in Carol’s story; ‘The Last Avenger.’ This is a plot that has already been getting a ton of ink – and it’s not even officially out yet. And yet the cover immediately caught our attention – with a darker version of Captain Marvel standing front and center.

This issue marks a darker turn for Carol. We’ve seen her take on many villains in her time as a hero. But now we’re about to see a whole new side of her. And that leaves us wondering – what exactly is happening here? And how far will Carol go?

Writing

Captain Marvel #12(Marvel Comics) Cover art by Mark Brooks
Captain Marvel #12(Marvel Comics) Cover art by Mark Brooks

Kelly Thompson has proven to us time and time again that she’s not afraid to take risks during her run on Captain Marvel. And Captain Marvel #12 just further reinforces that fact. This is a Carol Danvers we’ve never seen before.

The premise of Captain Marvel #12 is one that fans have been talking a lot about lately. Some fans are appalled at the thought of Carol going bad. While others (not all fans) have been delighted by the idea.

All of that being said – there was no way the fans’ theories were prepared to handle what Thompson handed here. This issue was a perfect example of complex storytelling. There were the obvious elements, such as the battle and everything it entailed. But that was only the top layer. Captain Marvel #12 contained with it a shocking amount of subject, leaving fans open to infer plenty about what’s truly going on.

As a fan that wasn’t sure what to expect about this plot, let me assure you that it completely blew me away. I can see why Thompson has so eagerly been looking forward to sharing this plot with her readers.

Art

Any comic book fan will tell you that there’s little better than getting to see a truly exceptional fight. And trust me, Captain Marvel #12 contains exactly that. The creative team behind this issue went above and beyond in showing off two of the strongest Marvel characters and how a battle between them would turn out.

Lee Garbett was the lead artist for this issue. That means that they’re responsible for all of dynamic scenes found here. There are a few that would be worthy of being made into prints, at the very least.

Then there’s Tamra Bonvillain, who did the coloring for this issue. Her work for Captain Marvel has been exceptional, but this issue highlighted her talented in a whole new way. The scenes were vibrant and alive, and oh so dangerous.

Finally, VC’s Clayton Cowles stepped up to provide the lettering, and he had a lot to work with here. The sound effects alone are fabulous. But it’s the running internal monologue where his work really excels.

Conclusion

Captain Marvel #12 was a heavy-hitting issue, one that wasn’t afraid to pull punches. Literally. There’s a whole lot more going on behind the scenes in this plot, as it’s already begun to hint at. And I for one, cannot wait to see what lies ahead.

Having finally read this issue, I can see why fans have been so eager to get their hands on it. And why it’s been getting so much ink. It has fully lived up (and surpassed) my expectations.

 


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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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