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‘Captain Marvel’ #43 reunites Carol with the X-Men

Captain Marvel has been one of the most consistent comics Marvel has released in the past few years.

Captain Marvel has been one of the most consistent comics Marvel has released in the past few years, thanks to Kelly Thompson’s sharp writing and thoughtful character exploration. While it isn’t redefining the lore with any huge shake-ups, the most amazing part of Captain Marvel is that it just feels like a fun, classic kind of comic with long-term development that you rarely get in comics these days. With so many comics being limited runs and/or canceled early, a lot of series only get one arc, which often is pretty heavy but Captain Marvel can actually afford to have those more lighthearted issues and plots that are just a team of heroes fighting a villain. It’s great.

Carol Danvers has been tied to the X-Men ever since Rogue took her powers, eventually joining up with the team for a bit under Chris Claremont’s legendary tenure on the book. Kelly Thompson has never shied away from touching on the Rogue/Carol relationship, but this time, she focuses additionally on Carol’s relationship with the X-Men as a whole.

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Thompson isn’t just a Carol fan, she’s a Rogue fan — and that’s why her writing with both these characters is always a great read. The complexities of the Rogue/Carol dynamic never go away, but they do have an understanding and empathy for one another. Despite their past, Rogue reaches out to Carol for help before her own teammates (this takes place before the second Hellfire Gala), putting Carol in the interesting position to save Rogue, her most complicated dynamic.

'Captain Marvel' #43 reunites Carol with the X-Men

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The way Thompson writes Carol’s inner thoughts describing how it feels to be subjected to Rogue’s powers is such a good line, I had to reread it immediately after.

To do this, Carol goes to the X-Men for help, approaching their treehouse. Watching Scott and Jean give her a warm welcome is a sweet reminder of the days when they were around each other much more and on a broader scale, it’s just nice to see heroes being friendly with one another after years and years of pedantic fights (thank you, Civil War, for normalizing heroes all hating each other). The X-Men and Captain Marvel fighting the Brood is just good, old-fashioned comic book fun.

A huge point of appreciation for this issue is who Thompson chooses to focus on, letting Jean and Scott take their exit this issue and picking Laura, Lorna, and Remy with her. Laura, Lorna, and Rogue were extremely underutilized in Duggan’s first X-Men run and I’m pretty sure Lorna and Rogue say and do more in this issue than they did in the entire Duggan run so it’s nice to see Thompson allocate the spotlight to them here.

The ending of the issue lands on an exciting note, building excitement for the next issue. Sergio Davila’s art brings this issue to life, making every set piece look exactly how it should. His art is eye-catching and it’s particularly nice to see the X-Men in their civvies again for the first portion of the book. The art also does an exceptional job with the characters’ facial expressions, always making them expressive so you know exactly what they’re feeling.

Captain Marvel #43
‘Captain Marvel’ #43 reunites Carol with the X-Men
Captain Marvel #43
The ending of the issue lands on an exciting note, building excitement for the next issue. Sergio Davila's art brings this issue to life, making every set piece look exactly how it should. His art is eye-catching and it's particularly nice to see the X-Men in their civvies again for the first portion of the book. The art also does an exceptional job with the characters' facial expressions, always making them expressive so you know exactly what they're feeling.
Reader Rating1 Vote
8.7
The X-Men and Carol's dynamic is explored again
Laura, Rogue, and Lorna are finally given some of the spotlight in the X-Men team
The Brood is a fun villain for this
The art is expressive and dynamic
8
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