Captain Marvel (2016) #1-5 Review


Plot Summary

Captain Marvel has decided that the best way to defend Earth is to live on a Space Station floating in orbit for 2 years. While meeting her new crew, a derelict Kree ship shows up and the team decides to investigate. The ship is booby-trapped and nearly kills the crew and weakens Captain Marvel. Meanwhile, alien delegates demand Captain Marvel for violating the law to investigate this ship. Carol begins to have hallucinations where she is the original Mar-Vell fighting for the Kree. It turns out that there was a saboteur on the Captain Marvel’s ship and they are luring aliens who hate the Kree towards Earth. Carol manages to save the day by destroying the alien invaders.  



Kris Anka is a competent artist. Through all 5 issues, I never really was blown away by anything drawn well or poorly. It was all just kind of…there. There were quite a few instances where I caught myself trying to figure out what the heck was going on. On more than a few occasions, I read an entire page, studied the panels and had to re-read what I just read a few times to figure out what was happening. Nothing was drawn bad, but conveyance was definitely a huge issue here.  
Captain Marvel (2016) Issue #4


I really wanted to enjoy this book, but I couldn’t for a number of reasons. In the first issue, we are introduced to a lot of new characters who are all extremely bland and boring. I honestly have forgotten all their names at this point and I don’t care to go and re-read the books to find out. I chock that up to them being unnecessary to the story in these five issues. Their designs and personalities were forgettable and you wouldn’t expect that from a space… yeti… thing. I would have liked to have seen Captain Marvel handle the whole situation herself.

The book jumped around all over the place. The art was not bad, but as mentioned above, it made it difficult to figure out what was going on. There were quite a few time jumps and scene changes that were not indicated and left me scratching my head on more than one occasion. I have not had much exposure to Captain Marvel in the past, but I wanted to check her out since she her recent design change looked awesome and my current favorite Marvel character Ms. Marvel idolizes her. This has not left a good impression on me.


Is It Worth My Money?

At the time of this writing, you can pick up the trade paperback for $11.40 from Amazon. Not a terrible price…but I would ultimately pass on this if I were you. I paid much more since I bought the original single issues and I don’t feel like I got my dollars worth.


Is It Worth my Time?

The big reason I picked up these books was to be prepared for any big Marvel event that was coming up. I knew that Captain Marvel would be involved in Civil War II and I wanted to be ready. I have not read Civil War II yet, but I can almost guarantee there is nothing relevant to that story line in these issues. Unless you’re a diehard Captain Marvel fan, I’d give this a hard pass.


Tara Butters

Michele Fazekis


Kris Anka


Mathew Wilson


Joe Caramagna


Sean Mackiewicz

Cover By:

Kris Anka

Published By:

Marvel Comics