Written by Kelly Thompson
Art by Javier Pina and Filipe Andrade
Colors by Jesus Aburtov
Letters by Clayton Cowles
The Rundown: Ripley Ryan will continue to face forces who either want her power or help her control it.
Ripley emerges from her nightmare with a vision of herself as possibly the ultimate evil and Wanda tries to convince her that she can help the scared young woman control the power growing inside her. Unfortunately, the appearance of Captain Marvel ruins Wanda’s progress and Star escapes back to her apartment where the visions get worse until she unleashes power that gets the attention of the Black Order.
When Black Swan appears, Star powers up to fight back, but finds herself outmatched and at the woman’s mercy. Instead of taking the stone from her, she gives the woman a gift with instructions that it might be useful. After she leaves, Carol arrives at Ripley’s apartment to finish what they started.
The Story: Kelly Thompson deftly brings to life the story of a budding villain by showing Ripley’s back story and how her fear and anger at her situation shaped her hatred towards the hero she feels is responsible. Thompson crafts an engaging story that is bold and puts the reader in the shoes of Star as she deals with confusion and fear from everyone around her. It’s an engaging story that doesn’t stop as the characters circumstances change on a dime.
The Art: Pina and Andrade bring some gorgeous visuals to this issue and progress the story with action and details throughout every panel. From the reveal of Carol Danvers to the backstory, both artist’s styles brilliantly mesh in this story.