Captain Marvel #7
Written by Kelly Thompson
Art by Annapaola Martello
Colors by Tamra Bonvillain
Letters by Clayton Cowles
The Rundown: As the War of the Realms continues to rage, the prophecy that shows her defeat at the hands of Doctor Strange and Captain Marvel causes Enchantress to lash out with a spell that switches their bodies.
In the jungles of South America, Strange and Carol have to deal with their new circumstances as well as each other’s powers if they and Black Widow are going to survive Enchantress’ army of the dead. Through some extreme trial and error, the three manage to escape with time to regroup and re-evaluate.
If they have any hope of surviving what’s coming, Strange is going to have to learn to unlock and push the boundaries of Carol’s powers. Carol is going to have to learn the spells necessary to stop Enchantress and her army as well as the discipline to wield them. As the army of the dead begins to overrun Rio, the two heroes have a huge learning curve and not a lot of time.
The Story: The War of the Realms side stories can be hit or miss, but this one is worth a read based on the dialogue and character interactions alone. Kelly Thompson effectively mixes in humor that doesn’t take away from the stakes in the story and tend to be humanizing for the characters themselves. The body swap motif isn’t particularly new, but Thompson handles it well. The resolution of the conflict felt rushed at times, especially Carol’s final act in Strange’s body, but the story was enjoyable.
The Art: Annapaola Martello takes a lighter tone to the art in this issue and it works with the tone of the story itself. There is a funny sequence with Widow in the background during a dialogue heavy scene that is one of the only moments where the background is utilized. Almost all of the art is focused on the characters which is effective for highlighting the characters, but takes away a sense of space and location.