Captain Marvel #5 (Comics Review)

Since revamping the Captain Marvel series with Carol Danvers as once again in the titular role, writer Kelly Sue DeConnick has been crafting quite an interesting story that somewhat ties into last year’s Infinity event, but also stands on its own, apart from what happened in that event. Her Carol Danvers is better than ever and it does feel like a serious revamp since the story this time around is so much better than what she did back in 2012 when she first got a chance on the title. And it helps that the artwork has been pretty stunning as well, whether we talk pencils or colours or what have you.

Captain Marvel #5 is where some of the mysteries surrounding the planet of Torfa begin to come together for a reveal. The reasoning behind J’son and the Spartax’s bid to remove the refugees on the planet and take control is finally unveiled and it is something major indeed, something worth even killing over. And more than that, we get some great political interplay between the ruling council on Torfa, with Carol herself becoming quite the figurehead. Kelly Sue knocks this one out of the part as far as the writing is concerned and the art isn’t far behind either.

When I started reading this series five months back, I had no idea that it would be so much fun. From the very start, Kelly Sue wowed and surprised with every issue and she continued on a high. If this issue is any indication, then this entire arc is going to wrap-up in a really grand way, and I really can’t wait to see that happen.

In the previous issues, the writer has built up a situation where some of the refugees from the Builders’ invasion were relocated to the planet Torfu. Unfortunately, soon after their relocation the new colonists started getting sick and they really have no idea what is causing the disease or how to fight it. Resources are in very meager supply as is, and into this crisis came Carol Danvers as the representative of the Avengers, intent on figuring out a solution. But then galactic politics intervened and the colonists were told to leave, in quite strong terms indeed. And now, we see what all of that build-up has been leading towards.

A lot of the mysteries that the writer seeded throughout the relaunched series are revealed now, and I have to say that the results are most satisfactory. None of it is obscure or grandiose, but ties in firmly to the consequences of the Builders’ invasion and the need for resources, quite specific resources at that, the kind that give someone a huge leg-up on the galactic scale.

Kelly Sue’s characterisation of Carol, J’Son, and the other characters in this issue is really good. They all come off as strong and capable, especially Madame Eleanides who represents the refugees’ governing council on Torfa. It is great to see that she has some steel in her and that she really can stand her own against J’Son after all. Speaking of, I don’t think I’ve read of a more shrewd manipulator and back-stabber than J’Son of late, not unless you count Lex Luthor I suppose. He’s been developed decently enough in Bendis’ Guardians of the Galaxy and in this issue (and by extension series) we’ve seen more of him that really fleshes him out and justifies his son Peter Quill aka Star-Lord’s opinion of him (hint: it is NOT good).

There’s a pretty big climax at the end of the issue, and I for one am really excited since it sets up a really awesome action scene which I hope will be there in next month’s issue!

As always, David Lopez is on the pencils with Lee Loughridge on the colours and VC’s Joe Caramagna on the letters. Once again, we see some really good stuff from the artists here, particularly Loughridge since he gives the comic a really good colour contrast and shading, depending on which scenes are set on Torfa and which aren’t. The former is quite the poisonous world now, and some of the dour, mustard-ish shading of the Torfan scenes really helps convey that in a subtle visual manner. Not to mention that I still love Lopez’s character-work, and he has certainly gotten a lot better in the last two issues with how he poses Carol, most of all.

Another awesome issue, marking the end of a great beginning for this new series.

Rating: 9.5/10

More Captain Marvel: #1, #2, #3, #4.

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Posted on July 15, 2014, in Comics Reviews, Review Central and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

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