The Life of Captain Marvel #2
Written by Margaret Stohl
Art by Carlos Pacheco and Marguerite Sauvage
Inks by Rafael Fonteriz
Colors by Marcio Menyz
Letters by Clayton Cowles
It’s been weeks since Carol Danvers has reported for duty as Captain Marvel. Since the accident that left her brother in a coma, Carol has devoted her life to taking care of her family at her childhood home. As she uncomfortably settles in to her new/old life, the darkness of her past continues to creep in. While she is trying to resolve her past with her father, his drinking and his violence, she finds out that he had other secrets as well. Secrets Carol is too afraid to confront her mother about.
While Carol wrestles with her personal demons and the secrets of her past, a clear and present danger has just crashed down in Canada. After taking out multiple civilians, this new threat has set her sights on Danvers current location. Carol must confront her mother about the secrets she’s uncovered, deal with her brother waking up and how she is going to resolve her past in order to move on in her life.
This is a pretty deep issue in terms of tone and story. Stohl continues to dive deeper into Carol Danvers’ emotional life and how her past shapes her today. It’s nice that the story takes the time to slow down and incorporate themes of loss, anger and abuse in a way that doesn’t feel preachy. There are a couple of moments that have the feel of a Lifetime movie or Afterschool Special, but the story itself is actually very compelling in how it deals with Carol and her thoughts about her family and, more specifically, her father. There is a lot of nuance in this issue and that helps to make the story more relatable to the reader. I also like that the story cuts away to the B story in the right ways to build tension. I would like to see more of how Carol navigates her unique position in both the town and her family, but I think it’s coming with the next issue.
The art in this issue is outstanding and I continue to enjoy the complementary styles that artists use when contrasting the present with the past. Pacheco and Sauvage bring something unique to the look of this comic and it really helps bring out the writing in an interesting way.