Comic Vine Review


Captain Marvel #12


Carol's condition becomes more clear in the latest issue of her series.

The Good

The momentum and pacing of this issue from the beginning is solid: you get the sense that there is a lot going on and the energy is pretty high. The issue opens with Carol in a firefight with Deathbird (who mind you, can fly). If you have been keeping up with the series (the last two issues or so) you might recall the fact that Carol can't fly. Not that she can't, but that if she wants to stay alive and safe, she shouldn't fly. The series writer Kelly Sue DeConnick does a solid job catching readers up on what Carol has been up to lately in her serious (perfect if this is your first issue of CAPTAIN MARVEL). The writer also does a solid job presenting these fun action scenes and fluidly moving between them and moments where Carol's condition is the focus of the conversation. This results in some really good pacing in this issue which is evident very early on.

If you were reading this series from the start then you will recognize a name that comes up very early on in this issue. It seems that Carol and a certain other character have a lot more in common than even she may have initially realized; so much so that it seems the two characters are living parallel lives.

One of the things that most impressed me about this issue was its fluidity. DeConnick does an incredible job switching the story from the scene with Carol and Deathbird to the two Doctors. The way she does it, however, is what was really impressive. The dialogue seems to pick up between scenes and it is really well done making this issue incredibly easy to follow and probably one of my favorite issues in this series so far.

Fans of Mar-Vell and Ms. Marvel will also appreciate an old foe that makes an appearance towards the end of this issue.

I have been a big fan of the art of the last few issues. I think that artist Filipe Andrade's style is really interesting: it is abstract and really very pretty. Andrade's pencils are complimented by Jordie Bellaire's lovely colors which are more on the subtle side. The result is an art style that is very unique and complimentary to the story being told.

The Bad

The story's momentum and pacing is fantastic throughout until we get to the very end. The ending feels, in fact, a bit cliche. Although the addition of this character to Captain Marvel's story is interesting, the connection between this character and Helen Cobb is still unclear. The issue sort of takes a turn, diverting from the story that was being told. In a way it feels a bit too formulaic the way the adversary is introduced into the story.

The Verdict

Overall this is another solid issue of CAPTAIN MARVEL. In fact, this may be one of my favorite issues of this series to date. The pacing of the story is solid and the layout and the way the story fluidly moves from one area of the plot to the next is perfect and really well done. My only complaint is the way the the issue feels too formulaic towards the end. There is very little mystery left by the time we reach the final page of the issue: the villain in the story feels cliche the way he is introduced. The art is great, I personally really like the abstractness of it and thoroughly enjoyed the breakdown of each of the scenes in this issue. Overall, a solid comic that I am still very much enjoying. This is not a bad jumping-on point and I am definitely looking forward to the next issue.