Comic book reviews for The Mighty Captain Marvel #6, The Mighty Captain Marvel #7, The Mighty Captain Marvel #8, and The Mighty Captain Marvel #9 by Margaret Stohl, Michele Bandini, Ro Stein, and Ted Brandt
Average rating: 2.75/5 stars
Mighty Captain Marvel #6 by Margaret Stohl
Art: Michele Bandini
Everyone has such long arms. Even Rocket. Though Bandini’s art was probably the best thing about this issue. His art seems to clean and fresh. I particularly enjoy how he draws Carol.
Stohl seems like she wrote herself into a corner here, isolating the station from earth with unending Chitauri attacks. It seems beholden to editorial. Especially with some one off note that the “queen” was being held by (evil) Captain America and crew. At least, that’s what it sounded like.
But unending attacks must come to an end. Even the Cylons had to stop attacking every 33 minutes. There’s, of course, no where near that level of anxiety in this book. It’s not that the situation isn’t serious. It’s that you can tell Stohl doesn’t want this. She’s not that type of author.
The story bits that are interesting are about the young adults who are the station and their abilities. How they work together and almost, then not really, try to save the day. And instead of being our hero, Carol gets knocked out and appears to almost get eaten by one of the Chitauri creature ships.
Mighty Captain Marvel #7 by Margaret Stohl
Art: Michele Bandini
Once again, the best part of this is Bandini’s art and how he understands the vastness of space. I’m not always sold on how he moves people’s limbs in space — they are sometimes too long and often times too awkward — but he understands space in space. Even with the Chitauri surrounding and attacking them, there is a lot of room in space.
The space station on the other hand, it’s a little too spacious. But so goes this model of how unrealistic space travel actually is. But I suppose we do have people with superpowers who can survive without atmosphere in space, fly around, and more. I can be okay that they have Star Trek-sized stations.
I do not know anything about Quasar or Hyperion so the emotional connection is not there for me. A lot of this battle seemed to ride on that.
This book, of course, also suffers from winding down and editorial demands syndrome. Two to resolve everything this book is supposed to be doing. Two issues are a few too many to resolve the issues around Carol in Alpha Flight.
Mighty Captain Marvel #8 by Margaret Stohl
Art: Michele Bandini
Okay, I did enjoy the “Stevil” pun. However, all the focus on Hydra Steve and them figuring it out was too much for this plot. I don’t care at all. I don’t even really understand what Stevil was doing with those Chitauri eggs anyway. Since no one could leave Earth with the shield around it, were they meant to destroy Earth?
Anyway, let’s not look too closely at the sausage being made.
There really isn’t too much here except Quasar as their deus ex machina who then sacrifices her own life. “She’s gone,” is the only thing Carol has to say about her friend that she was waxing poetic about earlier.
There are some jokes between Rocket and everyone else and Groot. Then Hop asks Wendy out after they save the day.
Mighty Captain Marvel #9 by Margaret Stohl
Art: Ro Stein and Ted Brandt
Unfortunately, I feel completely out of the loop here. I take it that Black Widow died or something? No one explicitly said anything, but hinted that something bad happened to her. And since we weren’t visiting her bedside in a hospital…
I do feel that Stohl wished she’d been writing a book where the two Jessicas and Carol hung out the entire time. I don’t know why Jessica D. thought Jessica J. would be so bad at taking care of a kid. She is a mother also. (Or is she not now, and this is another thing that I don’t know about in Marvel comics?)
The dates were pretty funny, but again, tonally not matching the rest of this series, and again, felt like the book that Stohl wanted to write. Hell, it’s a book that I actually might enjoy reading. As long as it ends with Carol finally coming out as queer.
I also make the bad assumption that this book got canceled. Instead, the book is getting relaunched for some numbering scheme. Welp, already canceled it on my pull list, and I don’t regret it.