Comic Book Review: Captain Marvel #8


Captain Marvel (2016-) 008-000Carol is finding herself on a slippery slope right now. You see where the problems come from with how you act on future events that haven’t happened yet, and you truly want to root for her when again her heart is in the right place. This is still all about Carol, but the events of Civil War II are beginning to tighten their grip on her role in the Marvel Universe. There is a fear opening up Captain Marvel #8 because somehow you have this feeling as to where things can continue to get worse, and we all know they will.

From here it seems like we are diving into more of the diplomatic problems which arise from the Ulysses initiative. This is something we would be forced to get into inevitably, though at the very least the dialogue from these scenes are engaging. It boxes everyone in this corner where the hard questions have to be asked and stances must be addressed as to what they would call ethical responses. You in general get the impression that what goes on here is to solidify where some of the major players stand be it reserved, aggressive, unbiased, or simply trying to play it safe. Some might not find it too interesting to explore these areas of the conflict, though it just seems like one of those things that needs to be addressed for the sake of plot progression.

Captain Marvel #8 also seems to try a bit harder to look at the positives of using Ulysses. That dark cloud does loom over Carol’s head every step of the way, but that doesn’t seem to stop her from sticking to what she started. With everything you could say against what she’s doing with Ulysses, that appreciation comes back when you see the effort she puts into making sure this isn’t something that can be abused. We’ve seen all the people they have saved, the crisis that they have been able to avoid and that is what she is fighting for. The one thing that no one ever loves is a biased argument, so it is excellent that in the face of so much that can go wrong, so much can still be seen that can go right. Especially when Carol is doing her damn best to make sure her mission statement isn’t lost in all the bull of a world that wants to be saved but wants to pick and choose how they are saved.

Which leads us to the confrontation between Carol and Hawkeye. This needed to happen in Captain Marvel eventually because there are still those like myself who are interested enough in the main storyline to have seen what happened when Hawkeye killed Bruce Banner. The interaction went pretty much how you would expect when on one side Clint betrayed what she was fighting for, and on the other hand Clint was doing what he thought he had to based on something they all saw.

I was surprised to see that Kris Anka was to come back as the artist for Captain Marvel. Well Anka with Andy Owens on inks. Who we had before wasn’t bad at all, though it is always more welcome when we have one artist who is consistent throughout a series. More importantly when we are only 8 issues into the ongoing. Though getting back to Captain Marvel #8 itself, there is a certain energy that Anka brings to the table that makes the artwork appealing. Not as flashy or vibrant since we finished with the cosmic storyline, but the quality is all the same from Matthew Wilson included. As usual the action is nice, though what you take notice of most are the human elements of the story. Seeing the way this conflict affects everyone directly and indirectly. Particularly with Carol who seems to go through the motions more than most. It makes her vulnerable and sympathetic when we see where she is coming from when confronted by all these people who carry baggage in their viewpoints. T’Challa may not take off his mask, but it was chilling to as well take in the intensity that comes from his observations and blunt opinions.

Lonely at The Top really begins to live up to the name when we are genuinely starting to understand the pressure Carol has been placed under in Captain Marvel #8. She didn’t ask for those who cause her actions to be questioned, she didn’t ask for the questions that challenge her decisions in general. It’s just what happens when you are at the top and your every move is under a microscope.

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