Comic Book Review: Captain Marvel #7
It is now that we really start to get into the thick of it with Captain Marvel’s part in the Civil War II. The Thanos attack and death of Rhodey were just the start, it’s the fallout of situations like this where the conflict really begins over whether knowing the future and acting on it can be right. After what happened in the previous issue, it looks like Carol is being pushed that much further into dependence upon knowing future events with the weight of the world on her shoulders.
Speaking of what happened in the previous issue, it only seems right that there is some backlash to what happened. The biggest difference in this compared to the Civil War which preceded is that there is more diplomacy involved in actions that effect the whole world. This is a more sensitive world they live in and it shows by how aggressive they are on Carol about some of her failures along the way. It speaks to the position she holds because Steve Rogers has never had to legitimately answer to his actions in this kind of capacity. He doesn’t have strings, Carol does and that is why this story arc is titled well enough as ‘Lonely at The Top’. After all she is being put through I can say they have created a sense of sympathy towards her. This rift with Iron Man gets deeper, and it makes sense from her perspective. She lost just as much as Tony, yet still has more to deal with in terms of consequences.
While there is the conflict about using Ulysses, the strength of this comes from the fact you are seeing where things go right and where things go wrong. Maybe more of the wrong in other stories, though in Captain Marvel we get to see a lot of what can go right when able to respond well ahead of when the event takes place. And leading up to this next act of heroics it was very genuine the way Carol approached Ulysses about his power. She always has this soft side that you love to see because you don’t see that from a lot of the older heroes. She can be personal, and having the mentality of a soldier she understands where to come from when it comes to explaining loss. The only error during this scene is an error in word bubbles between the two. Both saying things that the other should be saying.
Again, the main reason why you might still enjoy Captain Marvel while being tied to Civil War II is that the writers understand that this is her show. It is focused on her part in this and nothing else. All you really need to know is that she is under a lot of pressure at the height in authority she has picked up over time and it is a lot to handle between heroism and politics.
Marco Failla now drawing is something to get used to. It is hard to get any better than Kris Anka drawing this, especially teamed up with Matt Wilson. So when you see a different artist with a simpler style, it becomes an adjustment period. Now with that said, you enjoy Failla’s artwork because when you look past everything flashy we get down to the importance of what the look of the characters bring to the table. This was an important issue to capture how Carol is just teetering on the edge trying to keep moving on and keeping it together. She falls apart, she is strong, and she’s not ready to give up on what she started. You see her as vulnerable and that is the best thing you can ask for. She doesn’t cry and that be a signal that she is finished. The color work as usual from Matt Wilson is the same quality of work. Not too much room to get into anything crazy or creative like he did in issues before, but he still delivers in how his colors bring depth, and enough so to make the right scenes pop.
Captain Marvel #7 pulls us deeper into Civil War II, but continues to keep one foot on what readers still want from Captain Marvel as a solo book. Great balance between character and story development. Better on character development when honestly you want to root for Carol just for her heart being in the right place. If you read some other solo books then you might see where the problems arise, but until then you enjoy the direction this is heading from her point of view.