Kelly Thompson’s run on Captain Marvel continues to be promising as issue #31 starts a new arc following the Ove story’s conclusion. This one starts off on a lighter note, featuring Carol and Rhodey looking forward to a vacation and celebrating their time back together.
The reprieve from the action feels earned after the title was driving at 100 mph for the last few arcs, and it’s perfectly understandable that Carol and Rhodey would want some time away. The panels of them trying to go on vacation while being stopped for Carol’s celebrity status are some lighthearted fun. Lauri-ell is such a fun addition to the Captain Marvel mythos and this issue is another reminder of why, providing some lighter moments of comedy while helping to progress the plot forward.
Since the retcon of Carol’s Kree ancestry came to light, Thompson has pretty much been in the driver’s seat for how to handle it. This new arc with the sludge is all about her Kree lineage and it leads to some interesting developments in the issue’s plot progression.
The part where the sludge takes Mar Vell’s form is kind of glossed over and isn’t as emotional as one would expect it to be, but the reveal that this thing is stealing DNA is a cool addition. The ending pages make it clear this arc is hardly over as well, and we’ll be seeing more of this creature moving forward.
The ending panels are a nice break for Carol and Rhodey, who have certainly gone through the wringer and deserve the time off. The lighter pace of this issue is a nice break and it makes perfect sense for where the series is at right now — it’s great to have these moments where the characters can just go on vacation and enjoy their lives like this.
Captain Marvel #31 isn’t the high-paced action/adventure this series is used to, but it works in this issue’s favor. Thompson’s writing is sharp as ever and Takeshi Miyazawa’s pencils get the job done.
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