Captain Marvel #11 just solidifies what I already believe to be Kelly Sue’s strongest arch yet. Part two of “A Christmas Carol” is everything but your typical holiday issue as our fearless Carol Corps headmistress hits us with a “Kansas City shuffle” of a plot. She makes us look left with some serious heartwrenching Carol/Tracy feelings at her elderly pal’s bedside, and then hits us square in the face with a right hook in the form of a considerably darker plot than her usual style.
Carol, with the help of her new friend Lila Cheney and her mutant teleportation powers ends up back in New York to tie up a few loose ends. Remember Grace Valentine? Those of you familiar with Kelly Sue’s previous Captain Marvel run will. She’s the loon who got super butthurt when Carol “stole her thunder” by having an article run about her life in “New York Beat” Magazine, in turn bumping the piece about Grace’s upcoming cellphone application. We saw her briefly in the previous issue having a serious “single white female” scene in Carol’s kitchen with Rhodey. You know when someone else is wearing your clothes and tricking your boyfriend into coming over, nothing good is about to happen.
Grace has herself a brand new ally, someone equally is sinister and conniving. In other words? Merry friggin’ Christmas, Carol. Hope you wanted some villain types to torment you in a creepy warehouse because that’s what you’re getting. Captain Marvel of course, isn’t going to stand for that- and receives help from a very unlikely source. I didn’t see that coming, and you won’t either.
The artwork by David Lopez and Lee Loughridge is, as ever, on point. Due to the tone and the setting in this issue we get to see a color palette rarely used in a Captain Marvel comic. The wintery blues and snowy white really make this issue feel like Christmas. I even shivered a time or two, demonstrating just how well the art really tied everything together and made it feel like a reality rather than colors on a page. This duo should be applauded for their teamwork and originality.
Considering how much this book keeps improving all the time, I cannot wait to see what Ms. DeConnick has in store for us next. Captain Marvel is so important to all of us, and it’s easy to see why.
The Verdict: 9.5/10