CAPTAIN MARVEL #3
An interesting cast, stuck in a strange post-apocalyptic world that allows their characters to shine, and some strong art make for an excellent read.
Trapped in a strange time-bubble, Captain Marvel is about to get a visit from an old friend… Your Major Spoilers review of Captain Marvel #3 awaits!
Writer: Kelly Thompson
Artist: Carmen Carnero
Colorist: Tamra Bonvillain
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Editor: Sarah Brunstad
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 20, 2019
Previously in Captain Marvel: She-Hulk joins Captain Marvel in her war on Roosevelt Island! But the barrier continues to cut them off from the rest of the world, while Nuclear Man’s ranks are somehow swelling, and something on the island is interfering with super powers. If Carol’s going to win this fight, she’ll need an army of friends, a hangar of war machines and an ironclad plan. But can she really trust all her allies? And what face from Carol’s past is about to show up and change everything?
TIME RUNS DIFFERENTLY HERE
Seconds after last issue’s big final page, Jennifer Walters falls towards the ground, her Hulk powers somehow removed by Nuclear Man’s strange field. Cap barely manages to save her and takes her back to their stronghold, where they find that she can’t turn back into her gamma-powered alter-ego. With an army of women behind her, Carol sets out trying to find all the missing men and also a way to stop Machus, the Nuclear Man’s control, only to discover that one of her allies, Som, is actually Nuclear Man’s SON. (His name stands for ‘Son Of Machus’, natch.) Som reveals that it was he who brought Captain Marvel to the island in the first place, in the hopes that her leadership would allow them to overthrow his father. They make an assault on Machus’ stronghold, but Marvel finds the way blocked by one of her oldest enemies: The X-Man called Rogue!
A BIG LAST-PAGE GUEST-STAR
I really like the use of Hazmat, Echo and Jen Walters in this issue, especially how working with Cap makes them all a little better at what they do. The fact that Hazmat gets to spend some time grousing that now there are two atomic-powered women named Jen is really cute, especially when She-Hulk reveals that she can hear her. The repeated references to Carol as “The Bride” and something about the time-manipulation stuff makes me think of Immortus (who notoriously mind-washed her in Avengers #200, and made her his bride/mom), and every aspect of this issue’s story is drawing me in. I also love the art, especially the vivid expressions given to our cast. The look on Rogue’s face as she attacks at the end reminds us that these two heroes have a long and unpleasant history together, and I’m looking forward to reading more.
BOTTOM LINE: WORTH THE PRICE OF ADMISSION
Maybe having just seen the movie makes me biased, maybe not, but Captain Marvel #3 is a good issue, an entertaining story and one that makes me like Carol Danvers even more, with strong art that earns 4 out of 5 stars overall. Whatever is going on with Roosevelt Island, it’s taking a back seat to the drama between the characters, and I’m really perfectly fine with that.