Since she took over the title, Kelly Thompson has proved she’s one of the best writers Carol Danvers has ever had — and Captain Marvel #24 is another strong issue to prove this case.
Thompson’s signature brand of cheeky humor is the perfect fit for Carol, but it works wonders on this ragtag team of misfits she’s created for the current arc. Since her work on Jessica Jones, everyone knew Thompson could knock it out of the park when it comes to writing Emma Frost — but her work on Captain Marvel will have any Emma fan wishing she was on an X-Men title immediately. She’s witty when she needs to be, providing that signature snark to earn a smile out of readers but she’s also serious, providing emotional catharsis for the issue overall.
Emma and Illyana Rasputin have come a long way since their days as enemies in the Claremont era of New Mutants. The reunion between the two is very touching, and an emotional strong point of the book thus far, equally heartwarming as it is heart-wrenching. Her Emma is witty, emotional, and an absolute treat — if Marvel needs anyone to write some Emma Frost in the future, Thompson is an obvious pick.
Ove’s backstory is finally revealed, and the weave being woven is so utterly fascinating, it’s hard to hear his story and not want that as its own six-issue mini. The story of political rebellion and Namor falling to his own hubris is simply too interesting. Namor and Amora feel like obvious fits for one another, and the story Ove tells of his parents is nothing short of intriguing. Nothing about Ove — or any of the new super-children — feels forced or ham-fisted.
Carol is, as usual, a delight. She’s got her own brand of wit on display, which effortlessly plays against Emma and her instigator nature. For as lighthearted as Carol can be, she’s incredibly smart and she’s able to see through Ove almost immediately, skeptical of the niceties he’s offered her. By the end, it’s not stupidity or recklessness that gets Carol caught in over her head, it’s her propensity for heroism and drive to do the right thing.
The drama in this title is completely natural, feeling completely wholistic. The mere idea of Carol Danvers and her new team of revolutionaries going up against Amora the Enchantress and her son is pure comic goodness at its best.
As far as current Marvel titles go, Captain Marvel is consistently one of the best. Thompson’s writing is quick-witted, funny, and emotional, and Garbett’s pencils get the job done with an extra bang. Seeing how this arc ends and seeing what Thompson does next with the character are two very exciting inevitabilities for the future.
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