Captain Marvel. When Marvel “graduated” Carol Danvers to the title of Captain Marvel, they went all in on having a strong female lead character in an ongoing(presumably to “compete” with Wonder Woman in sales or stature or whatever the two publishes use to measure dicks). The fans didn’t exactly follow suit. Yes, there’s a diehard core fan base:The Carol Corps, but this is the fourth? Fifth? ongoing CM has had in the last eight years. However, they are getting better. I’m enjoying writer Kelly Thompson’s banter between Carol and her defacto super team, as her boyfriend Rhodey, her BFF Spider-Woman, and her new protege Hazmat have become permanent guest stars in every issue.
Life of Captain Marvel 1-5. Margaret Stohl finished up the previous CM run with a mini-series instead of just continuing with the Legacy numbering of the last series. But I believe these five issues were retconned into the legacy numbering so they are in fact issues 130-134. After a traumatic incident whilst on a Avengers mission, Carol takes a break from heroing to go spend time with her mother and brother in Maine. Her brother gets in a car wreck and she spends several months caring for him and reconnecting with childhood friends in the small town she grew up. Upon which she discovers a “mystery” that maybe her dad was having an affair. She confronts her mom about it, but then this Kree bitch shows up to kill the traitor living there, and Carol assumes it’s her. But nope! Plot twist. It’s her mom! Carol is officially retconned into being half-Kree. They defeat the villain, but her mom dies while doing it. Armed with this new information that her powers are hers by birth, and not from Mar-Vell and the psyche-magnetron(which only “unlocked” her latent Kree superpowers) she returns to being a super hero with a new resolve.
CM:Braver and Mightier oneshot. A stand alone oneshot released around the time the movie came out. Kinda distills down the idea of Carol as a badass former military pilot turned badass alien asskicker as she fights off an alien invasion of Earth singlehandedly and then sits down to an interview with some high school kids. Decent stuff.
The newest series. 1-5. Freshly back to heroing, CM gets trapped in a pocket dimension on Roosevelt Island in NYC with a bunch of other heroes. What’s hours and days in the real world in weeks and months in the bubble, as Carol and the rest fight some obscure X-Men villain Makhismo(??) to break back out into the real world. Along the way, she kinda settled things with Rogue in a satisfying way.
6-7. War of the Realms tie-in. While fighting the Enchantress, Carol and Dr Strange get body-swapped thanks to some magical hijinks and have to learn each other’s powers to defeat her.
8-11. Everything in Carol’s systematically turns to shit all at once. She is publicly outed as Half-Kree to the world, gets kicked out of the military for it, and her powers start going on the fritz. It’s all a plot to discredit her by a new supervillain posing as a new hero named Star who is siphoning Carol’s powers with some stolen Kree tech. Eventually Carol defeats her and restored her good standing with the world. Star would get a spin-off mini series.
12-16. Carol breaks bad. Or at least appears to. The Inhuman villain Vox forces CM to kill all the Avengers in the next 48 hours or he’ll start blowing up a bunch of civilians. So Carol has to defeat all her fellow avengers, them shunt them into a pocket universe amd explain to them her plan of giving Vox LMD versions of them, until she can figure out to stop the bombs and defeat the bad guy. She does.
17 was a stand alone issue. Classic Marvel poker game issue. But Ms Marvel gets invited and she can’t gamble or drink, so the heroes go do an “Escape Room” instead. But it’s an escape room run by a wannabe supervillain named The Nexus. Hilarity ensues. Guest starring Wolverine, Photon, and other assorted usuals at the card table(but not Grimm sadly).
18-21 Empyre tie-in. CM is the new Accuser in the Hulkling’s new Kree-Skrull empire. She discovers she has a half-sister bred in a vat using her mother’s DNA and by the end of the arc, Lari-Ell is given the hammer and becomes the new Accuser.
Captain Marvel:The End oneshot. Carol returns to Earth in the year 2052 after two devastating wars with Aliens and a host of other natural calamities happened while she was gone. The reunites with a handful of survivors, most of which of future alt-universe children current marvel heroes, or the adult version of children in the current U, like Spider-Woman’s baby and Dani Cage, etc. In the end, Carol sacrifices herself by flying into the dying sun to reignite it. But this The End story is kind of a cheat because...
22-23. The current arc(23 just came out last week) has the current CM somehow get pushed into this 2052 future to help all the heroes fight Ove, who looks to be a descendant of Namor and his forces of New Atlantis.
Anyway, I’m enjoying this CM series more than the previous ones. And Thompson made an impact on me as a decent writer, so I’ll keep my eyes open for other stuff she’s done.
"No Tom Foolery today, Ron. I'm tired of looking at your dreadful, speckled mug.""Why do you hurt me in this way, Harry?"”It’s a grid system motherfucker. Eleven up and one over, you simple bitch.”