THE MIGHTY CAPTAIN MARVEL #0
Written by: Margaret Stohl
Art by: Emilio Laiso, Ramon Rosanas, Rachelle Rosenberg
Published by: Marvel Comics
For the record: I didn’t read any part of Marvel’s Civil War II. However, the one thing I kept hearing over and over at my comic shop was that Carol Danvers was written out of character in CWII. That sounded familiar, because that’s exactly how I felt about Iron Man 10 years ago in the first Civil War event. That said, I’ve been a Carol Danvers for ages, so picking up Mighty Captain Marvel #0 was a no brainer.
This issue doesn’t try to explain away anything Carol did in Civil War II, nor does it try to turn her back into the character fans have known for decades. However, from the first page of this comic, it is clear that the events of the war are having a massive psychological effect on her.
I gotta give the creative team of Stohl, Laiso, Rosanas and Rosenberg credit, because they don’t shy away from showing us the aftermath of the war. As we see in issue #0, Captain Marvel is going to mandatory counseling, where we dicover the events of CWII still haunt her dreams.
The creative team also had to deal with how to transition from the events of the War by creating an emotional connection for long time Carol Danvers fans. You care about Carol from page one, because her therapy sessions feel natural, as do her interactions with others. Although brief, the scene of her playing cards with Thor, Ms. MArvel, Black Widow, and Spider-Woman was one of my favorite moments in the book. As well as the conversation between Carol and Abigail Brand.
The story in Mighty Captain Marvel #0 is solid from beginning to end, with several touching moments I wasn’t expecting. Whatever happened in Civil War II is history, this is the Carol Danvers I always liked. As for Emilio Laiso and Ramon Rosanas art, it enhanced the story for me. The artwork sets the mood perfectly for each sequence, whether it’s a lighter moment, or one of action.
I don’t have the fondest memories of zero issues, for often than not they are nothing more than filler. But Mighty Captain Marvel #0 is not one of those comics. This issue provides the necessary exposition for those like me who haven’t been keeping up with Civil War II, and it lays the groundwork for what’s ahead.
As far as zero issues go, Mighty Captain Marvel #0 is one the best one ever.