Captain Marvel #39 starts off with one of the best opening sequences the series has had in a while, with Carol tied to a chair and finding out she’s on trial for magical crimes. The cameos are fun, but it also opens up a really interesting arc for Carol who is admittedly out of her depth with magic.
The Ove plot is one that keeps on giving, and this time, Carol has to answer for stripping Ove of his magical abilities. The magic trial is really interesting, both as a plot point and as a concept in general. Carol has been told for months worth of issues now that all magic users have rules they adhere to –and now that she’s broken some, Carol has to face the consequences of their laws.
This leads Carol to a really interesting spot, with Wanda and Agatha conversing about how Carol is too impulsive and ready to fight first, but this might be the lesson she needs to learn. It sets up a really interesting slate for next issue, which will hopefully show us what that lesson turns out to be and show that journey through Carol’s POV.
The art in this section of the book is beautiful and Frigeri’s art really suits Carol. The scenery in these sections is great too, with the magic resulting in alternating backdrops that Frigeri’s art knocks out of the park. It really does feel and look like a magical place.
The second half of the book is where it starts to lose some steam, as the Binary plot takes over. Binary has already felt like a little bit of a rehash of Lauri-Ell, with the whole “non-human character is a fish out of water” shtick. A lot of Binary’s adventures feel like filler, especially with the title character off doing a much more interesting plot involving personal and literal trials.
Binary definitely is the least gripping part of the book right now, but its the one being advertised the most. Juan Frigeri does a good job with the art in these panels, so the book is never unenjoyable. Thompson’s writing soars when she’s picking apart Carol’s character (and Amora, for that matter), but the Binary story feels out of place and a bit too juvenile.
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