Captain Marvel #9 Review
Writer: Margaret Stohl
Penciler: Ro Stein and Ted Brandt
Colorist: Erick Arciniega
Publisher: Marvel Comics
What you need to know:
Another epilogue issue after the events of Secret Empire. Carol Danvers feels like a failure having been unable to stop Steve Rodgers from taking over the world. She must decide if she’s going to rebuild Alpha Flight and start over. All this while hanging out with Jessica Jones and Jessica Drew.
What you’ll find out:
Carol Danvers is crashing at Jessica Drew’s (Spider-Woman) place and hanging out with Jessica Jones. They have several nights together while Carol questions her role in the world and if she even wants to restart Alpha Flight. She’s also very depressed and missing her lost love ones like James Rhodes and Natasha Romanov. Carol believes she failed as Earth’s first and last line of defense and thinks she needs to leave to find Bean.
The only positive aspect about this issue is that Carol’s depression and fear of loneliness is understandable and makes sense. When you lose that many loved ones, anyone would start to feel lonely and afraid.
What throws off the depression and dread part of the issue that is supposed to bring a sense of realism gets jumbled in the fact she spends the entire issue with friends. Not to say that she shouldn’t spend time with them. But Stohl plays too much humor into it. Both Jessica’s don’t seem affected by Secret Empire at all and it makes Carol look like a whiner. To top it off the art is too cartoonish and again, takes away from what should be a dark tone when talking about life and loss. And there is a horrible attempt at humor when the Jessica’s set Carol up on a dating site.
For all intents and purposes, this is an epilogue but fails to bring any excitement for what comes next. Or fails to bring a sense of dread for what could happen to Captain Marvel. This issue is too off balanced attempting to mix humor with depression. I usually enjoy Captain Marvel but as a new starting point this just didn’t hit the mark it needed to. Hopefully with Legacy starting and the return to the old numbering system. Doing away with constant rebooted #1 issues. This issue just stays a bad blip in the grand scheme of things to come.