Captain Marvel #18 is a great story showing the next step in the evolution of Carol Danvers as she becomes the next Accuser of the new Kree-Skrull Alliance – as seen in last week’s Empyre #2.
The Accusers – the Judge Dredd-style police force of the Kree Empire – are in abstract, not a great concept. Generally, it’s best to have people accused of crimes get a trial, after all, and not just whacked over the head with a hammer. Luckily, Kelly Thompson writes a book that interrogates that concept, and holds true to the values of Carol Danvers, Captain Marvel.
The art is lovely, as well. While not able to live up to the high standard of the art in the mainline Empyre book, the whole Captain Marvel series has been blessed with great artists in general, and Cory Smith is the latest in that regard.
However, a great deal of heavy lifting is also done by inker Adriano de Benedetto. The heavy inks and dark shading are important in this sort of story that takes place in large parts around space, and being able to distinguish between the dark of space, and the dark of the scenery, is important.
Similarly, colorist Tamra Bonvillain makes just a beautiful comic book. The brilliance of the colors – especially the bright green of the Accuser hammer – is a really lovely sight.
Captain Marvel #18 is a good combination of classic superhero space opera, and deeper musings about what Carol’s role ought to be.