Written by Kelly Sue DeConnick
Art by David Lopez
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: May 13, 2015

Well it’s here folks, the final issue of Captain Marvel before Secret Wars takes over the Marvel Universe. If you’re like me, you probably expected Cap Marvel to go out with a bang. For everything to be wrapped up in blue and yellow paper with a big red bow, with appearances by all of Carol’s friends. Well, we weren’t wrong…but things came about much differently than expected. Rather than a “feel good” celebration, what we get instead is a story about grief, loss and acceptance.

That sounds a little harsh, but it’s a really beautiful story and, dare I say it about a comic, realistic. Carol arrives back on Earth, greeted with that sad news that a long-time friend has passed away. This is a death that we as Captain Marvel readers have seen coming a long, long time ago. Despite that being the case, we still weren’t ready for it. It’s easy to feel for Carol as she goes through the stages of grief over the span of this short story, relying on the support of her friends like Jessica Drew and Rhodey to get her through it. We finally gain the luxury of delving into this somewhat mysterious character’s backstory, only adding to the weight of the sympathy we feel for Carol. Kelly Sue continues to find ways to surprise us, swerving left while we’re looking right and really cranking out the feels. David Lopez is at his best in this issue, especially during the scenes at the beach.

It’s a great way to end this storyline, bittersweet and hopeful. I am so thrilled that the power-duo of DeConnick and Lopez will be continuing to collaborate on Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps debuting on June 10.

The Verdict: 9.0/10


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