Captain Marvel #8
Written by Kelly Thompson
Art by Carmen Carnero
Colors by Tamra Bonvillain
Letters by Clayton Cowles
The Rundown: Carol Danvers’ life is being stripped away and her half Kree heritage will attract an unexpected ally. Can Carol’s friends help her put the pieces back together as well as find out who’s out to destroy Captain Marvel?
Things have gone from bad to worse for Carol Danvers since she returned from spending time with her family. When a fleet of alien ships attack New York, Captain Marvel is on the case. Unfortunately, an unknown illness begins to affect her ability to concentrate and Spider-Woman and a new hero named Star have to step in both end the threat and save Carol’s life. In the aftermath, Carol’s status as both a hero and American are questioned when the truth of her half-Kree heritage is revealed and the population turns against her.
Taking time away from the chaos, Carol is in a bad place. It’s going to take a squad of her closest friends to remind her of who she is, what she means to the world and how they’re going to find out who’s trying to bring her down. Unfortunately, it might already be too late.
The Story: Kelly Thompson is touching on a lot of interesting themes in this issue. The story also touches on political and social issues when the media begins to go after Carol for her half alien status and Thompson really pushes the emotional buttons when the Air Force comes for Carol as well. The dialogue and plot are compelling and engaging. I loved how the story shifts from big conflict to personal struggle. It creates a well rounded narrative that makes me interested in where the story goes next.
The Art: Carmen Carnero’s art is amazing. The characters look great. The action is fantastic. There is a sequence between Spider-Woman and Carol that is thrilling from panel to panel. A great, vibrant looking issue.