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Why you should read 'The Life of Captain Marvel' before watching 'Captain Marvel'

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Why you should read ‘The Life of Captain Marvel’ before watching ‘Captain Marvel’

If you’re looking to get caught up on Captain Marvel’s origins before seeing the movie, look no further.

Avengers: Infinity War not only left audiences eager for the endgame — it also introduced everyone to Captain Marvel. Subsequent trailers have only built the anticipation for the movie. Captain Marvel will undoubtedly go a long way to explaining who Carol Danvers is, but for those who want to get a head start, there’s The Life of Captain Marvel, which collects 2018’s The Life of Captain Marvel #1 – 5. Here are three reasons you should pick up this trade before seeing the movie this March.

It’s always fun to see a hero’s more human side

Why you should read 'The Life of Captain Marvel' before watching 'Captain Marvel'

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One of the best things about reading comics is watching the wild adventures that our favorites heroes get into. After all, not many of us have friends in our real lives who will journey into space and fight off invading aliens. Margaret Stohl’s The Life of Captain Marvel shows readers a more personal side of the titular character. While this is not new to comic books, it can be very difficult to pull off, especially for such a cosmic character. Comic book history is littered with these types of stories, and it’s very easy for them to become forced. Stohl’s story is a very emotional one that many people will be able to relate to. It’s tough to watch at times, but it also accomplishes the most important thing when humanizing a superhero: the story makes Captain Marvel relatable.

New readers will be able to enjoy it

Why you should read 'The Life of Captain Marvel' before watching 'Captain Marvel'

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Comic books have a very high barrier of entry. Books that are seemingly straightforward are jam packed with lore and nuances that long time readers take for granted. For someone just trying to jump on, it can be a very intimidating task. The Life of Captain Marvel is essentially an origin story and is very easy for even the newest fan to jump in to. What makes the story so easy to read is how obvious it is that there is more to the character.  It instead of making newer readers feel left out, Stohl’s writing makes them want to learn more about the character.

The art is eye catching

Why you should read 'The Life of Captain Marvel' before watching 'Captain Marvel'

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As strong as the story is in The Life of Captain Marvel, the art may be the real standout. Sthol’s origin story for Captain Marvel is told through a series of flashbacks that take the reader deeper into the life of Carol Danvers. The framework for the story is interesting by itself, but the art from Carlos Pacheco and Marguerite Sauvage exemplify the type of tale Stohl is telling.

Pacheco and Sauvage share the art duties for The Life of Captain Marvel. Pacheco does the art for the scenes from the present time while Sauvage handles the duties for all of the book’s flashbacks. This change in art style is distinctive and adds a new dimension to the story. Pacheco’s work brings a vibrancy that clearly places the action in current times. In contrast, many times flashbacks are colored black and white to differentiate them. Sauvage draws with a dreamlike quality that naturally tells the reader they are looking back on something. Both artists bring a style to draw readers in while making the story unique.

Why you should read 'The Life of Captain Marvel' before watching 'Captain Marvel'
The Life of Captain Marvel
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'The Life of Captain Marvel' is a great jumping on point for both new fans interested in the upcoming movie and old fans who want to read a new story about a familiar character.
The art does a great job of matching the moment
The story humanizes an incredibly powerful character
There are some tired superhero tropes in the story
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