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Review – Captain Marvel #13 (Marvel Comics)

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Captain Marvel #13

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

Captain Marvel #13 continues “The Last Avenger” plot arc started in the previous issue, and now there’s another Avenger in Carol’s sights. Get ready for another action-packed issue; one that will start giving fans the answers to all of our questions.

 

A Secret Revealed in Captain Marvel #13

Captain Marvel’s “The Last Avenger” plot arc is one that has been getting a whole lot of ink. Ever since the first cover was revealed, fans have been talking about it non-stop. And now Captain Marvel #13 has added more fuel to the fire.

Carol Danvers has been going through some stuff in her latest series. She’s been outed to the public as being part Kree, she’s been forced to watch a friend turn into an enemy, and so much more. But this plot has turned the tables on Carol, and suddenly she’s looking out at the world from a different perspective.

Captain Marvel #13 (Marvel Comics) main cover by Mark Brooks
Captain Marvel #13 (Marvel Comics) main cover by Mark Brooks

Any fan of Captain Marvel has likely had several theories about what is happening in this plot (feel free to share yours below). And I can safely tell you that Captain Marvel #13 is either going to confirm or deny a lot of those theories. So buckle up and get ready for one heck of a read.

Writing

“The Last Avengers” is a plot that I (along with tons of other fans) have been eagerly anticipating for months. And Kelly Thompson delivered on the expectation raised by Captain Marvel readers. And then some. 

Captain Marvel #13 brings us a Carol that will surprise fans, but in many ways, she’s also the Carol we’ve come to love so much. It’s an interesting and delicate balance, one that Thompson finely wrought.

There are plenty of iconic moments in this issue alone. As with Captain Marvel #12, Carol is going up against a member of the Avengers (if you read the description, then you know who it is). As a fan of that character, let me tell you that this fight was surprisingly respectful. That isn’t an easy task, especially not when pitting two fan-loved characters against each other. But I think that this issue did the best it could with the situation, and it made for a compelling and dramatic fight, to boot. I know I personally enjoyed reading every moment of it.

This issue also went a long way in explaining the situation at hand. It fits with both Carol’s recent plot arcs and with what we’ve been shown so far. The tension is still palpable, but being handed the understanding of the situation changed it in a tangible way. Now the threat feels different—but still very much real.

Art

The cover of Captain Marvel #13 may very well be one of my favorites from recent times. It’s dramatic and edgy, while showing off how amazingly fierce Carol can be. And in that sense, it’s truly perfect for her fans.

As for the artwork within? That was also excellent. The fight scenes alone were dramatic, though they started off with a humorous edge—one that was desperately needed. The fight itself lasts for eleven pages (twelve, if you count the page building up to it), and it is not one you’ll want to miss.

The powers and tech portrayed are also noteworthy, as is the delightful little cameo that occurs (I love the way they drew her!). And there’s one full-page panel, in particular, that should really be made into a print.

There’s a bit of a change on the creative team for this plot arc. Lee Garbett stepped in to be the lead artist for this issue. Meanwhile, Tamra Bonvillain (colors) and VC’s Clayton Cowles (letters) stayed on board. The end result, as you can tell from my gushing, is brilliant.

Conclusion

Captain Marvel #13 had big shoes to fill, thanks to the dramatic and alarming previous issue. And yet it held up to fans’ expectations, while also keeping to the promise made. It was intense and brilliant and full of action. And it’s going to make for a very memorable issue.


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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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