Captain Marvel #44 review

Kelly Thompson’s Captain Marvel continues to be strong, laying out plots that both progress Carol’s character in fascinating ways and feel authentically Captain Marvel. Last month, Carol reunited with the X-Men for a mission to save Rogue (this is, of course, the X-Men of last election so don’t think about it). This month, the mission continues and it ends with a twist that fires up readers for the next issue off the bat.

Carol Danvers as an ally of the X-Men predates Avengers vs. X-Men, Civil War, and whatever other annoying hero-vs.-hero event we got that launched these characters into at least a decade of stagnation. Carol’s friendly relationship with the X-Men was a nice little piece of the Claremont run, although in recent years, the extreme focus on pitting heroes at odds with each other instead of being allies has made that concept feel practically foreign. Seeing Carol Danvers hang out with the X-Men again on friendly terms isn’t just appealing to me as both a Captain Marvel reader and X-Men fan, it’s appealing to me as a lover of Marvel Comics who missed seeing these kinds of interactions between these characters.


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Thompson’s inner monologue portions for Carol are great as always, touching on the complicated relationship she has with Rogue and keeping the complexities of it in tact. Thompson bringing back the winning formula of “Carol Danvers and the X-Men go on a mission together” gives here yet another avenue to show off her proficiency with all these characters. Carol’s own history with the Brood gets focus too, leading to a nice one-on-one scene with Jessica Drew.

Davila’s pencils really bring the book to life, making each of the characters stand out and feel authentically them. I read this book and find myself wishing even more of my faves were in it, just so I can see Davila’s take on them. All in all, it’s another solid entry from a solid series.

Captain Marvel #44

‘Captain Marvel’ #44 brings back a winning recipe

Captain Marvel #44

Davila’s pencils really bring the book to life, making each of the characters stand out and feel authentically them. I read this book and find myself wishing even more of my faves were in it, just so I can see Davila’s take on them. All in all, it’s another solid entry from a solid series.

Carol with the X-Men is a much welcomed nod to her history as well as a fun dynamic

Davila’s art is perfect on this title

Thompson’s handling of Carol’s complex emotions regarding Rogue once again knocks it out of the park

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