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Review – Captain Marvel #3 (Marvel Comics)

Captain Marvel #3
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Summary

Author: Kelly Thompson
Artist: Carmen Carnero
Colorist: Tamra Bonvillain
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover Artists: Amanda Conner & Paul Mounts
Variant Cover Artist: David Mack
Maturity Rating: T+
Publisher: Marvel
Release Date: March 20th, 2019

Carol Danvers is not a woman to be messed with. Captain Marvel #3 proves exactly why she is not the person you should be targeting, ever.

 

Carol is Done Playing Around in Captain Marvel #3

Captain Marvel #3 has a lot going on, unsurprisingly. Carol and her friends are still trapped within the dome, they’re still up against a major jerk (to put it nicely), and now there’s a new member to their little team.

Carol Danvers has never been a woman that you should mess with; a fact that’s more important now than ever, with the past getting dragged up and thrown into her face. I don’t envy those that are going to face her wrath for this one.

Writing

Captain Marvel #3 (Marvel Comics) main cover by Amanda Conner
Captain Marvel #3 (Marvel Comics) main cover by Amanda Conner

Captain Marvel #3 proves to us that Kelly Thompson isn’t afraid to acknowledge the past. In fact, they’re willing to pull it up and throw it right at Carol. It’s going to make for an interesting fight, but more than that, it’ll be interesting to see what helps crops up during the series.

This issue had plenty of dramatic reveals, which is always good for keeping the pace going. We’re finally starting to learn a bit more about the enemy Carol is facing—though, admittedly, not as much as we’d like. Then again, he doesn’t exactly seem to be a complicated character (don’t tell him I said that).

The secondary characters in this series have really been helping to make the plot what it is. They’re making it more believable, as odd as that sounds. Taking it from being this standalone plot that affects nobody but Carol, and turning it into a major event that needs to be handled.

The surprise twist at the end is so brutal, but it’s also pretty perfect for what they’re doing. It may not have as much of an impact if you don’t know much about Carol Danvers’ past, so if you’re sitting there wondering about why that would hurt so much, you may want to google it real quick (or message me, I’ll happily explain it to anybody that’ll listen). It’s really well done, though, and adds mounds of intensity and impact to what is happening.

Art

The same art team is on board for this issue, and I’m so happy about that. I love the look and design that Carmen Carnero and Tamra Bonvillain have come up with, and I’d really rather not see it change anytime soon.

I feel like the shining example in Captain Marvel #3 would have to be the expressions. One character, in particular, is noteworthy here. His backstory is… complicated, and his expressions while telling it to us were so sincere and conflicted, it’s hard to do anything but believe him. I don’t think I’d have felt the same way, had the artwork not supported it so perfectly.

There were a few fight scenes in this issue as well, and they were pretty amazing. They’ve done such a good job rendering dramatic scenes while showing off Carol’s abilities. Though, truth be told, I’m really looking forward to the fight that’s bound to start the next issue.

Conclusion

Captain Marvel #3 is an emotionally intense issue, pulling in the past to add to the impact of the present. It’s all woven together in a shockingly good manner. The original plot seemed like it was going to be a shorter plot, but it’s quickly turning into something bigger and more important for Carol. I think this may actually have some long-term consequences in the series.

I love that this issue brings the past in as well, both with a couple of subtle references, and one major appearance. It’s frustrating sometimes to see a series ignore previous events in a character’s timeline, so it’s refreshing to see them tackling this problem head-on.


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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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