Captain Marvel #8 – Review
It looks like the comic that’s really making waves with the speculators this week is Captain Marvel #8. Seriously, it looks like if you want to read it, you’ll need to do so digitally. It’s the first appearance of a new hero named Star, but it also really captures the political climate we’re currently in. It’s not planned that way, because it’s impossible to make happen. Sometimes synchronicity just happens.
Writer: Kelly Thompson
Artist: Carmen Nunez Carnero
Colorist: Tamra Bonvillain
Cover Artist: Amanda Conner
Variant Covers: Inhyuk Lee, Sean Izaakse
CAPTAIN MARVEL: FALLING STAR! From the moment she returned to full-time Avengers duty in New York City, Captain Marvel’s life has been nonstop…and slightly weird. But she’s about to take on a brand-new threat – and a very old one! When her Kree heritage is exposed to the world in dramatic fashion, Carol goes from most beloved hero to public enemy number one overnight – and it’s pushing her to the darkest edge. Can she save the day even while the world turns on her? Does she want to?
First, let’s address the elephant in the room. The coverage of the five days since Carol starts noticing problems with her powers is decidedly right-wing. For a beloved public figure to be exposed as concealing a secret about her heritage is a big deal. Of course, someone that disagrees with the political stances she takes will use it to try and take her down. The public begins to chant “Send her home!” In the midst of all this, her friends come to her aid.
I like seeing Carol as part of a community of heroes. For some reason, I like seeing prominent heroes as part of the larger whole. It doesn’t always work, because it can make the lead character appear weak. Here, it works really well, probably because the comic opens with Carol near rock bottom. I really like the acknowledgement of Carol’s alcoholism. It’s a facet of her history that sometimes gets forgotten.
The new hero Star resembles Supergirl, but it’s always good p.r. to have a new hero resemble a classic power set of flight and super-strength. Do I think it’s a coincidence that Star shows up just as Captain Marvel starts having trouble with her powers and her secret heritage is made public? No, I don’t think so. We’ll probably see this develop in subsequent issues. It’s already acknowledged as a theory in this issue.
Overall, I like the art, but it does have almost a house feel to it. It’s good, but definitely looks like a Marvel comic. There are panels I really like, and the first page is really good. I especially like how Carol’s face is shaped in the fourth panel. I also like the perspective used in some of the panels. As an artist, I really like seeing an artist demonstrate that they know their craft.
All of that being said, I’m in for this story. I’m at least showing up for the next issue.
Final rating: 8.0 (out of 10)