Review – Captain Marvel #20 (Marvel Comics)

  • Writing - 9/10
  • Art - 9/10
  • Overall - 9/10

Captain Marvel #20

Writer: Kelly Thompson
Penciler: Cory Smith
Inker: Adriano Di Benedetto
Colorist: Tamra Bonvillain
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Released: August 19th, 2020
Maturity Rating: T+

Captain Marvel #20 is the third issue in the ‘Accused’ plot arc, a tie in event to Empyre. Carol’s got her new team, and now she’s ready to finish the job she started.

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Captain Marvel #20: A New Force To Be Reckoned With

Woah, getting Captain Marvel two weeks in a row? This is the break we needed in 2020. But seriously, Captain Marvel #20 is a perfectly timed issue. Especially considering how well it ties into the larger events of the universe.

The last three issues of Captain Marvel have tied directly into the Empyre event occurring in Marvel. That being said, you don’t need to follow that major arc if you don’t want (though I personally am enjoying it). You will obviously get some spoilers for that event, but at least you can still enjoy your normal dose of Carol Danvers.

Honestly, this issue has already made its way into my list of favorites from Carol’s series, though for a variety of reasons. It just goes to show that there’s still so much left to Captain Marvel‘s story.


Captain Marvel #20 was written by Kelly Thompson, and it shows. There’s so much going on within these pages, and yet it all seems to fit perfectly together. Even

Captain Marvel #20
Captain Marvel #20 (Marvel) (W) Kelly Thompson (A) Cory Smith (CA) Jorge Molina

when taking the larger event into account, it still feels…right.

The inclusion of several other heroes certainly didn’t hurt (see the cover). Actually, it made me really want to see this team become a more permanent fixture. Realistically, that’s not going to happen. But a girl can dream.

This issue perfectly balances the humor with reality. Given that there’s a war going on, the latter probably isn’t all that surprising. Yet there are still plenty of moments for beloved characters to shine here.

Though it’s the smaller moments that really add a lot of depth to what is happening here. Moments between the characters, that could easily be overlooked if not for how carefully written (and sweet) they are.

When it’s all put together, it makes for a brilliant issue. There’s some feel-good moments, some butt-kicking moments (naturally), some tension, and some laughs. It’s a recipe that Thompson has mastered, and put to great effect here.


The artwork within Captain Marvel #20 is bold and brave – much like the character it’s supporting. The new team looks fantastic in their new getup, and the design of the newest character is fantastic (and commented upon, a nice touch).

Cory Smith (pencils) and Adriano Di Benedetto (inks) worked together to bring this plot to life. Carol’s looking fierce, as is her crew. It’s their work that allowed the big moments and the little moments to shine side by side, and it is exactly what this plot needed.

Meanwhile, Tamra Bonvillain provided those fantastic colors that she’s known so well for. Everything seems to pop off the pages, with certain elements grabbing the eyes more effectively than others. Most notably, the latest power source/weapon (again, take a peek at that cover).

VC’s Clayton Cowles provided the lettering for this issue, and there are some great moments thanks to his work. Most notably there’s an iconic scene at the end, that wouldn’t have had nearly the same level of impact without such a creative delivery.


Captain Marvel #20 carries forward so many different elements, all of which flawlessly work together to create something grand and exciting. This is by far one of the best tie-in arcs seen in quite some time, providing lots of fun and character development all at once.

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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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