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Preview: Life of Captain Marvel #5

Life of Captain Marvel #5

(W) Margaret Stohl (A) Carlos Pacheco, Marguerite Sauvage (CA) Julian Totino Tedesco
Rated T+
In Shops: Dec 19, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Carol Danvers believed she was alone in this world, the product of a chance encounter combined with a lifetime of heroism. But her destiny runs far deeper than she’d dreamed. Now a bloodthirsty Kree soldier is at her doorstep – but will she face this final challenge alone?

Life of Captain Marvel #5

Preview: Life of Captain Marvel #4 (of 5)

Life of Captain Marvel #4

(W) Margaret Stohl (A) Carlos Pacheco, Erica D’Urso (CA) Julian Totino Tedesco
Rated T+
In Shops: Oct 17, 2018
SRP: $3.99

It was an accident of fate. A mysterious bonding between a super hero, a human and an alien machine. Mar-Vell and the Psyche-Magnitron that gave her Kree powers have been part of Carol’s story since the beginning – but that’s just the story you know. The true tale of Carol Danvers and her journey to becoming Captain Marvel begins years ago, on a star-filled night in a sleepy town. A night that no one knew would change the world.

Preview: The Life of Captain Marvel #3

The Life of Captain Marvel #3

(W) Margaret Stohl (A) Marguerite Sauvage (CA) Julian Totino Tedesco
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 19, 2018
SRP: $3.99

Chaos descends on Captain Marvel’s small coastal hometown! A deadly Kree warrior has finally tracked Carol home. But just what – or who – is the invader after? The moment you’ve been waiting for is here: Margaret Stohl and Carlos Pacheco bring you a reveal that will change Captain Marvel’s destiny.

Review: The Life of Captain Marvel #1

672995._SX1280_QL80_TTD_.jpgWhenever I talk about Carol Danvers’ backstory, I tend to parrot the way I once heard Kelly Sue Deconnick say the words “Psyche Magnitron.” With a cartoonish condescending tone and a slight eyeroll. While Carol’s history has been up and down since her inception, the story of how she gained her powers never stops being so weird, at least in a modern sense. Carol Danvers gained her powers because she wished she could be as strong as the man she was trying to get close to and then received his powers through… DNA fusion transfer after the explosion of a Kree wish machine? It’s definitely a comics backstory.

Deconnick has admitted on panels that she did try to change Carol’s backstory to her saving herself at the time of the explosion due to time travel wackiness, but was stopped by editorial during the writing process. Writer Margaret Stohl, who has taken the torch of the Carol Corps with gusto since taking over the book after Civil War II, has hinted in her run about the planned changes to Carol’s backstory. However, it’s not until now with The Life of Captain Marvel that we’re seeing just how radical it might be.

The Life of Captain Marvel #1 opens with Carol’s memories of spending summers in Maine with her family, specifically how she would spend time with her brothers Stevie and Joe Jr, who have been alluded to in varying degrees throughout Carol’s history. Marguerite Sauvage does an amazing job of presenting a soft and idyllic memory that soon turns bad as Carol remembers the awful abusive nature of Joseph Danvers and it becomes interspersed with current day as Carol has a panic attack while fighting Moonstone and Tanalth on Father’s Day. The page of Carol’s mother looming over her, imploring her not to make her brothers’ abuse worse is probably the most memorable page of the issue and just proves the range of emotions Sauvage has at her disposal.

As Carol comes down, she and Tony end up having a long heart to heart about the complicated nature of family PTSD and fathers. This is probably my favorite part of the issue just from how heartfelt Stohl writes the friendship between Carol and Tony and just how warm Marcio Menyz’s colors are. Carlos Pacheco ends up being a bit hit or miss for me especially with regards to his faces, but he does intimate feelings and moments very well, which plays especially well to his favor in this issue because there are so many of those as things get more real. Not to mention his page of Carol flying through the air as she goes to visit her mom in Maine is just absolutely stunning.

Carol’s visit to Maine quickly becomes a lesson in “You can never go home again” though when in the middle of an argument about why Carol’s been away, she lets her brother Joe Jr. drive off drunkenly and he ends up crashing his car off a bridge. She tries to rescue him, but he ends up sustaining long term brain damage. In her guilt over the incident, a short visit turns into nine months as Carol helps her mom take care of JJ. Tony tries to get her to come back, but she refuses.

At this point, it seems like the entire mini-series might just be Carol coming to grips with her guilt and her trauma with not much superheroics. Stohl writes it in such a heart rendering way though that I could easily read six issues of Carol unpacking her past by just talking it out with friends and family.

But then… the bottom falls out, and suddenly, neither Carol nor the reader really know what Carol’s true backstory is. It’s a brilliant and unexpected twist that suddenly makes me want to read the entire story now.

Margaret Stohl’s take on Captain Marvel has all been leading up to this moment and if the first issue of The Life of Captain Marvel is any indication, it is the revamp/dissection has desperately needed for years. It just might be going in a different direction than any of us expected.

Story: Margaret Stohl Art: Carlos Pacheco and Marguerite Sauvage
Story: 9.0 Art: 7.5 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: The Life of Captain Marvel #2

The Life of Captain Marvel #2

(W) Margaret Stohl (A) Carlos Pacheco, Marguerite Sauvage (CA) Julian Totino Tedesco
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 22, 2018
SRP: $3.99

For years, Carol Danvers has been at the front lines, protecting Earth and her fellow heroes from harm. Then one visit to her childhood home changed everything. Now her brother’s in a coma, and until he’s safe, Captain Marvel…is standing down. But while Carol may not be looking for danger, it’s looking for her. A weapon has been unleashed. And Carol’s sleepy coastal town is about to become the center of its world. Margaret Stohl and Carlos Pacheco tear apart Captain Marvel’s whole universe in part two of an origin-defining tale!

Review: The Life of Captain Marvel #1

This week’s new comic book day sees a new beginning for Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel!

The Life of Captain Marvel #1 is by Margaret Stohl, Carlos Pacheco, Rafael Fonteriz, Marcio Menyz, Marguerite Sauvage, Clayton Cowles, Julian Totino Tedesco, Joe Quesada, Richard Isanove, Sana Takeda, Fiona Staples, Artgerm, Jay Bowen, Nick Russell, Sarah Brunstad, and Sana Amanat.

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Margaret Stohl and Carlos Pacheco Takes Us Through The Life of Captain Marvel

Marvel has announced their latest addition to their “fresh start, The Life of Captain Marvel #1. The new series kicks off this July written by Margaret Stohl and art by Carlos Pacheco. The first issue features a cover by Julian Tedesco.

The series presents the origins of Carol Danvers and Captain Marvel in one place and features parts of her life that changes the context of what we’ve seen before. It’s the other side of the story of how she came to be.

Preview: Captain Marvel #129

Captain Marvel #129

(W) Margaret Stohl (A) Michele Bandini (CA) Phil Noto
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 28, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• CAROL DANVERS unites the ZETAS in a last-ditch effort to stop DR. EVE’S PLAN!
• But will her plan strand her in this alternate reality?
• Also: BEAN’s shocking secret revealed!

Preview: Captain Marvel #128

Captain Marvel #128

(W) Margaret Stohl (A) Michele Bandini (CA) Phil Noto
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 31, 2018
SRP: $3.99

• The Prize-the REALITY STONE!
• But will the power of this unearthed artifact be enough to pull Carol back to reality, or is this merely the first step in a much larger quest?

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