Written by Josh P and Ollie C.
For our first comic review we thought we would review a series from a character that has grown close to our hearts. 'The Life of Captain Marvel' is a 5 issue mini series that was released in 2018 that reestablishes the Captain's origin. Dealing with battles on both a cosmic and domestic level, this comic delves deep into the backstory of Carol Danvers from her troubled childhood and how she turned into one of the most powerful characters to grace the Marvel universe.
The first issue picks up with Carol losing control of her emotions while fighting Tanalth and Moonstone on Father's Day, while she remembers the troubles from her past. This was a great way of setting up Captain Marvel's power set while discussing subtly the issues she faced from when she was younger. The pages are intercut with scenes from her childhood as she faces her abusive father who is demanding and untrustworthy.
Carol's relationship with her brother Joe Jr has deteriorated over the years due to her absence from the family, while Joe and her mother stayed to look after her father she left and couldn't face him due to his actions. This has lead to them not being as close as they once were when they were kids, which is shown throughout the beginning of the issue. The final moments of Issue 1 end on a cliffhanger surrounding the fate of Joe Jr, bringing the two back together as brother and sister in order to settle their differences.
Tony Stark plays a significant role in Carol's life, acting as a figure of support for her to talk to, discuss their patriarchal difficulties together that they share and support each other where they can. For example when Carol is feeling down about the state of her brother, Joe Jr, Tony holograms himself to her side and talks to her about why she is an important member of the team but she deserves to take as long as she wants to deal with this issue.
The first issue ends with a revelation surrounding Carol's father and more of his betrayls against the family, leading to some intense scenes for Captain Marvel as she finds out "more". You'll see why that word means so much when you read the issues.
The second issue picks up with Carol contemplating the letter her father wrote revealing his affair. This leads to Carol remembering her brother Stevie's funeral and how she feared how she would never see him again. This leads to Carol going to talk to Louis Lee a childhood friend about whether she should reveal to her mother about the letter she found from her father.
One sub-plot to the comic is based upon the alien device that Carol found with her Dad's letter that released a signal into deep space, this caused a mysterious creature to fall from the skies and set out on a mission to find Captain Marvel. Meanwhile, as Carol faces her demons, she realises that sometimes coming back home isn't always the best option and comes back to realise that her brother has reawoken and her mother has already known about the affair of her father.
The issue ends with the creature heading towards Carol Danvers and Captain Marvel questioning her relationship with her family.
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