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Review – Captain Marvel #27 (Marvel)

Review – Captain Marvel #27 (Marvel)
  • Writing - 9/10
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  • Art - 9/10
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Captain Marvel #27

Writer: Kelly Thompson
Artist: David Lopez
Colorist: Triona Farrell
Letter: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Released: March 17th, 2021
Maturity Rating: T+

Captain Marvel #27 brings us a Carol Danvers that is broken up by, well, her breakup! And she’s not taking it well, thus her friends feel the need to intervene.

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Captain Marvel #27 Has the Breakup Blues

 

I believe that every heavy plot arc deserves to be followed up by a more humorous one. Given how intense ‘The New World‘ was, Captain Marvel #27 is an issue we sorely need. It is light and comical, yet still carries the weight from the decisions Carol has recently made.

It is, in short, the perfect palette cleanser. Captain Marvel is going to set out on new adventures, but before she does, she needs a break. That’s right, this is the breakup issue, and it is so much more than we have been promised.

I write this issue as an adoring fan of the Carol/Rhodey relationship. Yet even I have to admit that I’m curious to see what could come about from these changes. And have to appreciate risk when it’s being taken.

Writing

CAPTAIN MARVEL #27 variant cover by Stephanie Hans
CAPTAIN MARVEL #27 variant cover by Stephanie Hans

Captain Marvel #27 really is a breakup issue, in its own way. This is Carol Danvers we’re talking about. She is not a character that goes halfway on anything, hence the over-the-top reactions that fill these pages.

Kelly Thompson has created a masterpiece here. Every emotion possible she’s tucked into the pages, from amusement to pain, and just a touch of anger. It really is a palette cleanser, for heroes and fans alike.

The best friend vibes are one of the strongest features of this issue. Those moments alone will get a chuckle out of anybody who has ever had ‘that annoying friend.’ We’ve all been there – had a friend who was convinced that they knew more than we did. Even about our own mental health. It’s what makes the whole issue feel so relatable.

There were some truly down-to-earth moments mixed in with the insanity of it all. Carol’s real struggles – ones that many people can sympathize with. Those struggles also appear to have opened the doorway to something else, and I for one am curious to see where it leads.

Also, once again, Kelly Thompson has done it. She’s forced a new ship on me, and I didn’t even see it coming. I certainly wasn’t expecting to find myself shipping a relationship involving Lauri-Ell. Not so soon after her introduction, at least.

Art

The artwork inside Captain Marvel #27 does a fantastic job of running with those over-the-top emotions and reactions. It’s simultaneously so human, and absolutely hilarious. Carol’s expressions are a highlight of the issue, so be on the lookout.

You can tell that David Lopez had a lot of fun with the artwork for this. The characters, their expressions, the scenarios they got into. It’s all so entertaining. Personally, though, it’s those expressions that keep pulling me back in. It isn’t just Carol’s expressions I’m talking about here, but many of the guest appearances as well.

Triona Farrell‘s colors help to accentuate the feel of it all. Especially during those rage-inducing panels that many a person can sympathize with (personally, I’m amazed that Carol didn’t inflict any bodily harm there).

The lettering, provided by VC’s Clayton Cowles, also had a bit of fun. You can practically feel the exasperation dripping off the pages at times. It matches the tone and carries the story along flawlessly.

Conclusion

I’ve been looking forward to Captain Marvel #27 ever since I saw the cover (and those variant covers! Swoon), and it did not let down. It was entertaining, human, and exasperating all in one, and made it the perfect issue to follow such an intense plot arc.

 


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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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