Writing - 9/10
Art - 10/10
Overall - 9.5/10
Captain Marvel #26
Writer: Kelly Thompson
Artist: Lee Garbett
Colorist: Antonio Fabela
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Released: February 24th, 2021
Maturity Rating: T+
Captain Marvel #26 concludes the most recent plot arc, ‘The New World’, and it does so in brilliant – and bittersweet – fashion.
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Dramatic Changes Await in Captain Marvel #26
Carol Danvers’ time in a twisted future continues in Captain Marvel #26. Thanks to magic (literally), Captain Marvel has found herself transported to the very same future that Captain Marvel: The End portrayed.
Now we’re about to see how that plot arc ends, which in itself is a fair bit of irony. Still, Carol has faced insane odds before, the real question is how much this time in the future will affect her outlook for what is to come.
Captain Marvel #26 officially wraps up ‘The New World‘ plot arc, and it does so in such a delightfully memorable way. Kelly Thompson really does know how to write an action sequence – as well as a scene that will punch all readers in the gut.
The world of ‘The End‘ is fascinating. Depressing, with pockets of hope, but still fascinating. Seeing what heroes survived, who was birthed in this era, and every other little detail. In a way, it’s almost a shame to see it all go.
Almost. Now that the plot is wrapped up, I for one am hoping that Carol (and allies) will find a way to prevent that future. Really though, only time will tell on that front. I do not doubt that it will get covered at some point.
This is an issue that is full of action, surprise twists, and bittersweet moments. In short, it really is the perfect combination of elements for a plot conclusion. Oh! I’m also going to give some major bonus points for a surprise appearance from one of my favorite characters. No, I won’t say who it is, but you’ll know exactly who I’m talking about when you read the issue.
Go ahead and add Captain Marvel #26 to my list of some of the best-illustrated issues out there. I adore every scene in this issue, even the ones that rip out my heart. Perhaps, especially, those moments. The combination of styles and colors makes for a fantastic reading experience. Okay, Captain Marvel looking so badass doesn’t hurt, but that’s a totally different story.
Lee Garbett was the lead artist for this issue, once again bringing to life these alternate versions of fan favorites. I love that many of the characters, while helpfully labeled, don’t really need it – as they are distinct on their own.
The colors work real hard to steal the show here, and it’s tempting to say that they succeed. Provided by Antonio Fabela, Captain Marvel dominates every panel she’s in, thanks to a certain power boost. She’s vibrant in the most literal sense, and the colors help to enhance that overwhelming feeling of power.
VC’s Clayton Cowles‘ lettering also helped to set the scene, from emphasizing impact and volume to portraying all of the emotion our characters must have been feeling. It’s exactly the sort of lettering one would hope to see in an issue such as this.
In many ways, I am sad that Captain Marvel #26 brings a wrap to this plot arc. Still, it’s impossible not to be extremely curious about where things will go from here. As the saying goes, when one door closes, another one opens.
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