Updated: Nov 16, 2018
Writer: Margaret Stohl Artist: Carlos Pacheco Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: July 18, 2018
"The life of captain marvel" starts off as much of an origin story in the first few pages where we see her childhood, a time of tomfoolery, fun and lots of sugar. Then things take a dark turn when buried memories of her physically abusive father start to resurface and we see the impact on the superhero. It's an excellent story and great start to this miniseries.
Mild Spoilers from this point onward!
WHAT'S IT ABOUT? This issue focuses on the early life of Captain Marvel and how her emotional baggage affects her as a superhero today, proving that being able to take on Galactus doesn't mean you can't have personal problems. This is the only truly grounded Captain marvel book in a long line of them. Other author's idea of grounding her mostly resulted in Carol just second-guessing herself a lot, making her character frustrating to read.
WHAT HAPPENS? It starts off with some crisp artwork by Carlos Pacheco depicting the flashbacks to her early life which transitions into a more vibrant, colorful look when the story shifts scenes to Carol heavily beating on some super-villains alongside the avengers. It's implied that she looses control and overdoes it, severely injuring the villains.
Because of this, she flies back to her hometown, wishing to confront her past but things quickly take a turn for the worse. During her time of grief she takes almost a year off from being Captain Marvel after which Tony Stark reminds her that while family is important, being a superhero is too. Eventually Carol learns a secret about her abusive father and discovers a threat approaching earth.
GOOD OR BAD?
Stohl does an excellent job of using the scenes between Carol and her family to make her relatable and understand her actions. The book feels incomplete because it focuses on Carol interacting with her family and not on Captain Marvel. But even though we miss Captain Marvel, we get a really good look at what makes her tick and a great start to this miniseries.