The Life of Captain Marvel
She's one of the mightiest heroes not just on Earth, but in the entire galaxy! Now learn exactly how Carol Danvers became the woman she is - the Avenger she is - in the definitive origin of Captain Marvel! When sudden, crippling anxiety attacks sideline Carol in the middle of a fight, she finds herself reliving memories of a life she thought was far behind her. You can't outrun where you're from - and sometimes, you have to go home again. But while the Captain takes a temporary leave from duty to unravel her past, trouble comes looking for her. A weapon has been unleashed. And Carol's sleepy coastal town is about to become the center of its world. But there are skeletons in Captain Marvel's closet - and what she discovers will change her entire life! Collects: The Life of Captain Marvel #1-5

The Life of Captain Marvel Details

TitleThe Life of Captain Marvel
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseFeb 19th, 2019
PublisherMarvel
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GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Superheroes, Marvel, Graphic Novels Comics

The Life of Captain Marvel Review

  • Chad
    January 1, 1970
    Good God, that was awful. The Marvel dumpster fire is at it again. Why would you retcon the origin of a character right as their movie is coming out? "Hey, all you first time readers who think Captain Marvel is cool not that you saw her badass self on the big screen. Let me show you how everything we just showed you in the movie is wrong."This wasn't just a poor business decision, the writing is terrible. It's filled with this half-ass family drama that can't seem to stick to a single thread. Fi Good God, that was awful. The Marvel dumpster fire is at it again. Why would you retcon the origin of a character right as their movie is coming out? "Hey, all you first time readers who think Captain Marvel is cool not that you saw her badass self on the big screen. Let me show you how everything we just showed you in the movie is wrong."This wasn't just a poor business decision, the writing is terrible. It's filled with this half-ass family drama that can't seem to stick to a single thread. First, your dad is an abusive father. Then, it's just that he was trying to protect you and couldn't handle the pressure. Plus, let's throw in a poorly thought out brain injury. It's all just so damn boring. And that new origin is just dumb. It takes away all the things Carol struggled for and pushed through to get what she wanted. "Eh, it all didn't really matter, because you secretly had superpowers, even though Kree don't have superpowers." The antagonist at the end feels really tacked on just so there can be some kind of superheroics in the book. This book is a real turkey. It makes me physically ill just thinking about it. I guarantee a year from now this new origin gets swept back under the rug like it never happened. Get with the program Marvel. You just delivered a kick ass movie that's far better than any Captain Marvel comic you've ever produced. Put some actual good talent on Carol Danvers while she's in the spotlight. She's a great character just waiting for the right talent to write her into some good stories.
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  • Artemy
    January 1, 1970
    Marvel's bizarre character assassination of Carol Danvers continues with this absolutely abysmal retcon of her origin story. What was that shit and who needed this to exist?! I feel like I've watched a particularly terrible episode of a daytime soap opera. As if Carol's personal story needed any more artificially added trauma and melodrama, she now also has Crippling Anxiety Attacks® and a history of Childhood Abuse™, something young adult writers seem to have a major hard-on for. I'm so tired o Marvel's bizarre character assassination of Carol Danvers continues with this absolutely abysmal retcon of her origin story. What was that shit and who needed this to exist?! I feel like I've watched a particularly terrible episode of a daytime soap opera. As if Carol's personal story needed any more artificially added trauma and melodrama, she now also has Crippling Anxiety Attacks® and a history of Childhood Abuse™️, something young adult writers seem to have a major hard-on for. I'm so tired of seeing these serious issues being almost fetishised in modern media and used so clumsily that it comes off as comical more than anything else. This is not what representation should look like! And don't even get me started on the whole villain thing in here, I felt actually getting dumber while reading this story. Y'know, I am by no means a fan of Kelly Thompson, but I can't imagine her run being any worse than this. And to think Marvel is putting out this crap right before the highly anticipated movie, this book has the potential to put thousands of people off reading comics ever again. Hey guys, want to read an actually good comic about Carol Danvers? Check out Kelly Sue DeConnick's run. Hey Marvel, want people to not hate your first female superhero to star in her own film? Stop publishing crap comics like this. Also, release a $75 omnibus of Kelly Sue's run already instead of reprinting those pointless Starlin comics about Mar-Vell that nobody will ever want to read.
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  • Artemis
    January 1, 1970
    I've read some bad 'Captain Marvel' comics, but 'The Life of Captain Marvel' is the first to be rated one star by me. Because it pissed me off that much.These recent Marvel comics to feature Carol Danvers have been part of a cycle of disappointments and disasters, barely avoiding a black hole, and I feel I can't remain silent about it. After Margaret Stohl's disappointing 'The Mighty Captain Marvel, Vol. 1: Alien Nation' from two years previously, I thought I would not be hyped by a new Carol st I've read some bad 'Captain Marvel' comics, but 'The Life of Captain Marvel' is the first to be rated one star by me. Because it pissed me off that much.These recent Marvel comics to feature Carol Danvers have been part of a cycle of disappointments and disasters, barely avoiding a black hole, and I feel I can't remain silent about it. After Margaret Stohl's disappointing 'The Mighty Captain Marvel, Vol. 1: Alien Nation' from two years previously, I thought I would not be hyped by a new Carol story again. But then I was willing to give Ms. Stohl another chance when I heard about 'The Life of Captain Marvel', which was meant to take Earth's mightiest hero back to her roots, and show her regain her lost confidence, strength and glorious passion and asskicking that had made her so popular with comic book readers to begin with.And to its credit, it does start out quite promising. Carol Danvers, haunted by painful memories during a fight on Father's Day, flies back to the South, to the hometown of her childhood, where she is desperately trying to come to terms with the abuse inflicted on herself and her two brothers by her alcoholic father, now deceased and unable to answer her many questions on why he did what he did. Her mother, who also appears to be as much of a victim of unfortunate circumstances at the hands of Joseph Danvers, isn't giving Carol satisfactory answers. (Her brothers are older than her here, instead of younger, like in previous canon, but whatever.) She wants to understand her father, while simultaneously hating him for the suffering he caused her and the rest of her family. Now those issues will never be fully resolved.A realistic exploration of family issues (and how there is no family that doesn't have them, or doesn't have things they don't want to talk about); a great opportunity for character development and rising from the ashes; rising from latent, long-term PTSD; reaching for the sky and doing better than the grounds you were born in; and a growing mother-and-daughter bond in light of childhood domestic abuse at the father's hands, now finally being discussed. It's brilliant stuff, if treated with the care and respect that it warrants, and it is just what Carol needs. It's a perfect opportunity for Marvel to finally rescue and redeem her character; to bring her back to her old lovable and charming self, only now she's more experienced, nuanced, and FREE internally as an adult woman, and as the greatest superhero on earth.Then it all went to shit.'The Life of Captain Marvel' isn't merely a bad comic. It may have ruined Captain Marvel herself for good. It ruins everything about her, and I am not exaggerating. Doesn't anyone at Marvel know what they're doing anymore? Do they care? What destroys Carol Danvers and everything that makes her her is a major spoiler reveal, so be warned. Not that I would ever recommend that anyone read this, it's just that it's really, really, really bad. Like inmates running the asylum bad.Okay, here it is. You ready?:(view spoiler)[So it turns out that Carol's mother is Kree! This means that Carol was born half-Kree! Her brothers are her half-brothers from her father's side (not that this is acknowledged once, what great writing). The Psyche Magnetron explosion that gave her her Kree powers actually only triggered them in her genes - which have always been Kree! Her meeting Mar-Vell was a bloody big coincidence! This is as bad as making Wonder Woman a daughter of Zeus: you cannot retcon the origin story of a major superhero THAT IS DECADES OLD and expect everyone to be okay with it. I honestly thought that that plot twist was a sick joke. It's not. Carol's mother, Marie, or Mari-Ell, is an important Kree captain who was sent to earth on a mission that is never made clear, where she fell in love with widower Joseph Danvers (no further explanation given) and had a daughter with him. She wanted a life away from war, to raise a loving family, all along. Joseph knew that Marie was Kree and loved her all the same, but stress and wanting a normal, safe life for Carol drove him over the edge, causing him to take out his frustrations on his sons.What cliched bullshit. But worse is the unfortunate implication that the reason Marie didn't protect her (step)sons, and seemed to care for Carol more than them, is because she's her biological child. The high-ranking-warrior-turned-housewife did nothing and let the abuse continue, because she was too aware of how stressed her husband, whom she gave up her whole alien life for, really was. Children had to suffer at the hands of a grown man who chose to have an alien warrior for a wife, and who knew what having a kid with her would entail. No thought of talking out their worries and problems, oh no. What wonderful people. No wonder Carol's life is so messed up, at least according to this comic.Speaking of, back to Captain Marvel:Her strength and independence - it's because she's always been Kree! Her spirit and never giving in to limitations and expectations - Kree side! Her desire to go into space and do great things - all from Kree mum's side! Everything about Carol Danvers - everything we've known about Earth's mightiest hero - is because she's half-Kree from birth! Her humanity never meant shit! She's always been special not by her own efforts and merits, but because of alien genetics! Humans have never been capable of being anything like her. No one is an alien like her, so they should never try. Sucks to be them!Just... why can't coincidences happen anymore? Whatever happened to the underdog story, and its appeal? What about the hero's journey? The unlikely hero? Why do heroes now have to be special from birth? Due to a prophecy or genetics or some shit that doesn't require them to have to work hard at being a hero? Why the sudden aversion to heroes triumphing against the odds and everything stacked against them, and thus their achievements contain much more gravitas and are all the more spectacular? It's an inspiration story. Anyone in real life is capable of doing something heroic if they try hard enough - and in real life the best heroes are those who come from underprivileged backgrounds. They are the poor, the worthless, the underestimated, the unlikely in society. They are the ones who help make change happen, and make the world a better place for others like them; taking power away from the privileged, the 1%, one step at a time. This is why I stand by my belief that Rey from the new 'Star Wars' films coming from nothing and being related to no one important, is a good thing. Not only does this make her stand out from the laziness of the prophecy hero archetype that has plagued sci-fi and fantasy films over the years, but it is awe-inspiring to see a hero - a female hero at that - who was born into the poorest of circumstances, but still rises to be powerful regardless. Rey is special because of HER and what she does, what she goes through to become heroic, by her choice, not because of anyone else.Anyone can be a hero. Fuck the prophecy. And what your parents did before you were born should have no effect on you as your own person.And this is why Captain Marvel has been ruined for me. Carol Danvers' origin has been completely and unnecessarily changed so that she's now a hero sorely because she's part alien and always has been. It has nothing to do with her human side and what makes her human - her awesomeness is apparently everything to do with her superpowers, her Kree genes. How compelling. Her human half is represented by her abusive, alcoholic dad, after all. So it's okay to dismiss it. Fuck the ordinary-but-still-great-turned-extraordinary-but-still-hardworking-and-complex hero backstory - make them super duper special from birth! Cliches and trends are easy! Zero in on the effort in writing a hero's journey and development!Oh, and Carol's Kree name - her real, REAL name - is Car-Ell. Thanks, Marvel, for the finishing blow to Carol Danvers fans, by essentially saying that we'd even been getting her name wrong this whole time, which was kept even from her. Thanks for reminding us of Superman, too. Because fuck originality. Hacks.What the crap, why didn't Ma Danvers ever mention her Kree heritage to Carol when she first became Ms. Marvel? At no opportunity did she think to tell her daughter the truth, now that her Kree powers have been "activated" (yeah, the retcon/cop out reason for Carol's powers to show up right then is ungodly contrived bullshit). Wouldn't it have been best for her to know everything way back when? Especially since Marie knew that her Kree superiors from her past would find out about Captain Marvel sooner or later. There was no reason for Marie to keep her identity a secret for this long. This is what happens when you go through with a retcon this huge and not properly consider the repercussions. You leave behind plot holes that can be seen from space, and a pissed off fanbase. Think about what you are doing, why you are doing it, and what effect it will have both in-universe and on your readers.This change is fanfiction levels of awful. It is stupid, and overall POINTLESS!IT DIDN'T NEED TO BE THERE. WHY COULDN'T CAROL HAVE HAD NORMAL, RELATABLE FAMILY PROBLEMS!? THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN MUCH BETTER AND MADE FOR A MUCH MORE POWERFUL ARC FOR OUR SUPERHEROINE! THIS IS INSANE!Just... WHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!??????????????????????????One other thing to end this rant: Mama Danvers dies in battle in the end, because of course she does. Got to keep those cliches coming! As she's dying Captain Marvel takes her to a lighthouse... because it reminds her of how she met Carol's father, or something, and it is here that Carol realizes that her mother never told her what her mission to earth was to begin with. So, Mari-Ell's tearful answer, and her last words, are:"It was you. My mission was always... you."BULLSHIT. Mari-Ell never planned on having any children with an earth mate. This contradicts everything she said about her backstory and in her flashbacks. She came to earth to look for war. She knew only war and suffering. She didn't want to experience love originally. It's merely sentimental, manipulative tripe, written in order to make the reader feel sad for a character who really doesn't deserve it.It certainly looks like Ms. Stohl was making everything up as she went along. The plot holes and inconsistencies are frustrating. The bad story editing proves that no one must have cared in the making of 'The Life of Captain Marvel'. They just didn't care. (hide spoiler)]Another reason to hate this sodding comic is that Carol's brother, Stevie - who is also dead, we're not told how - is barely mentioned. It has no impact, no emotional weight to Carol's character whatsoever. Her mother doesn't even mention him. What wonderful people. There's also a completely unnecessary love interest for Carol, Who-Gives-A-Fuck Jr., or something. He's been her creepy stalker since they were kids, and when their town gets attacked by aliens, he says to Carol, and this is a direct quote: "What's the use of this place being the "summer home to a super hero" if you're not gonna come when we're being--" before he is interrupted. What a catch. He's an entitled, passive-aggressive, insulting, dickhead Nice Guy who has no respect for Carol's personal space. The love story is beyond pointless. Carol and WGAF Jr. share nothing and have no chemistry.But what pisses me off the most, aside from the terrible retcon, is that CAROL NEVER DOES ANYTHING HEROIC THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE COMIC! She doesn't grow, she doesn't become stronger mentally and emotionally, she fails at saving people all the time, and she's an uncertain, pathetic mess the whole time she's at her old home, which is where the plot is set. She achieves nothing; any success against adversity is done by someone else, for her. In fact, it is her fault that the Kree villain comes to earth in the first place, with her hitting that tracking device thing she found in her home. Way to make your strong female protagonist useless, ineffectual and profoundly stupid in her own story! It's not like she's an important, established Marvel superhero with her own movie coming up or anything!The story itself is boring, as well. There are hardly any stakes, the villain isn't memorable or interesting, or a threat worthy of Captain Marvel, who has saved the world multiple times on a massive scale. This is such a disservice.Right, I'm done. I am angry enough to boycott Marvel. Again. Maybe the company should bring Kelly Sue DeConnick back, as it seems that Margaret Stohl doesn't know what she's doing with Earth's mightiest hero. I miss the confident, sassy, smart, witty, compassionate, leading, and genuinely heroic Carol Danvers, who I admire to the stars and back. And that damn retcon is a mistake that needs to be undone. It is not canon in my eyes, it can't be.It seems that ever since Civil War II, Captain Marvel has been broken beyond repair. No one seems to know what to do with her anymore. 'The Life of Captain Marvel' - the final insult.Let the movie be good, please. I can't stand anymore disappointment.Final Score: 1/5EDIT: Tony Stark also mentions Midichlorians un-ironically. This comic is a garbage mine.EDIT 2: I saw the film, and I'll let my blog post speak for itself:''Captain Marvel' - it is awesome. It is about women taking back their own power and potential from warmongering men wanting to keep them in their place in a corrupt, violent, domineering system. It is about women supporting and inspiring women, and racism and colonialism. There are more than not one but two black characters AND NONE OF THEM DIE, and I dare anyone to name another movie where a superheroine flies around and fights in space, triumphant and cheerful, by herself as the main hero. She doesn't kill unnecessarily, and no matter how powerful she is, she knows she has nothing to prove to men. It is her heart that is most important. As well as brains, selflessness and piloting skills. Plus, THERE IS NO ROMANCE! IMAGINE, A STRONG FEMALE PROTAGONIST STORY WITH NO ROMANCE IN SIGHT! THAT IN OF ITSELF IS REVOLUTIONARY!Bottom line, go see it.'THANK YOU Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck! I can continue loving Captain Marvel again! Screw you, comic.
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  • Chelsea
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsThis is an interesting comic. As I write this, I'm reminded that I haven't read a Carol book I truly loved since Kelly Sue DeConnick. The series with Alpha Flight did absolutely nothing for me. I'm reluctant to try Thompson's because I'm not a fan of her writing in general. Carol's been written horribly during the Civil War II era and Hickman gave her 0 personality in his Avengers runs. Let's not talk about Aaron's Avengers book because, good god, that book is terrible. So, all this to 3.5 starsThis is an interesting comic. As I write this, I'm reminded that I haven't read a Carol book I truly loved since Kelly Sue DeConnick. The series with Alpha Flight did absolutely nothing for me. I'm reluctant to try Thompson's because I'm not a fan of her writing in general. Carol's been written horribly during the Civil War II era and Hickman gave her 0 personality in his Avengers runs. Let's not talk about Aaron's Avengers book because, good god, that book is terrible. So, all this to say that I'm a tad more forgiving of the issues I had with this series because Stohl is one of the only writers in recent history to give me a story about Carol's strength and the importance of her relationships with other people. This book really highlights the relationship between Carol and her mother and that's such a rarity in comics today. Hell, it's a rarity in the films that the mothers are actually present. It was refreshing.This book retconned the origin of Carol's powers and I actually really liked that. It was a nice way to say Carol is powerful because she just is. She isn't powerful because her strength came from a man. This was a choice I support.I wasn't a huge fan of the implication that her father was trying to protect her all along. I finished the book feeling a bit like that was an attempt to explain away that Joe was awful for that reason only. I'm sure that wasn't Stohl's intention but... it kind of read that way. Anyway, I enjoyed this. It was a great way to showcase the softer side of the character without diminishing her strength. Stohl wrote the relationship between Tony and Carol beautifully. I pray they let her take over for Carol again. I also hope they give Stohl a shot at an Avengers book because this is the first book I've read in a long, long time that gets at the relationship between the two characters.
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  • Roy
    January 1, 1970
    This was my first intro into Capt Marvel. Not sure it was the best place. Interesting back story but was a little bored at places. The villain was overly cliched.
  • Wing Kee
    January 1, 1970
    A bad bad bad cliched riddled piece of unnecessary retconWorld: The art is okay, it’s nothing special but it is the best thing about the series and that’s saying a lot. The world buildilng, where do I even start. Yes there is a movie coming, yes Marvel is trying to distance Carol Danvers from Hal Jordan Green Lantern but wow this retcon of Carol’s origins is making things just so much worse. Carol has been a problem within Marvel for a while, her origins and her run as Ms. Marvel is iconic...lik A bad bad bad cliched riddled piece of unnecessary retconWorld: The art is okay, it’s nothing special but it is the best thing about the series and that’s saying a lot. The world buildilng, where do I even start. Yes there is a movie coming, yes Marvel is trying to distance Carol Danvers from Hal Jordan Green Lantern but wow this retcon of Carol’s origins is making things just so much worse. Carol has been a problem within Marvel for a while, her origins and her run as Ms. Marvel is iconic...like Hank Pym is iconic...that bad kind. Ever since Kelley Sue Deconnick has come in and made her kinda awesome again Marvel keeps trying to go back to her past and fixing things. We don’t need a change in the world we just need to step away from it and just let it go. This new world building retcon attempt is just terrible. It’s choked full of cliches and pieces of other character origins and stupid contrived melodrama to make your head spin. The world buliding sucks here cause it’s so half assed, it takes everything away from her and makes readers who know comic book compare her EVEN MORE to Hal. Where Hal overcame fear to become the Green Lantern, we have pretty much the opposite here, she’s undeserving of her renown and power because of the world buiding and the story here. Why is there a need to change Mum and her origin just to make her essentially MCU Star Lord, Aquaman and all the other mixed superheroes running around, what’s the problem with it being an accident like the Fantastic Four? There is absolutely no need to change that, what’s wrong with the Psych Magnatron? Stupidity. Story: Wow is this ever bad writing. The story is choppy, scene cuts between places and action lead nowhere, the town stuff with donut boy and then sudden alien thing and then past thing, this is so poorly constructed. Then you look at the pieces and it makes you even more annoyed, the really cheesy wah wah daddy was bad melodrama added here is so bad and takes a lot of the strength out of Carol as a character (more below) and how the entire romance was handled that was bad. Add to that the stuff with brother and also father oh man this book is so stupid and needless and in the end if this is the origin retcon story we are getting I don’t understand the need for it. What part of this story makes Carol a more interesting character or makes her more original? This is Green Lantern mashed with Days of Our Lives mixed with Aquaman and all manner of comic book cliches? What happens to mum in the end is also absolutely pointless? What purpose does it serve? Can she not have a family member to talk to? Instead of Mum not liking Hal joining the Airforce we have Dad...wow so original. This is just a bad sad excuse of a retcon that does nothing good and makes it worse. Characters: Wow that romance between Mum and Dad makes no sense, we have to at once think it’s the most beautiful romance star crossed story ever and also the worse domestic abuse story at the same time just so Stohl can make her terrible story work? Was there no editor at Marvel looking at this story? How was this approved for a hero that is about to get her own movie? How is this a good story? It makes no sense? Then there is the need to change the very nature of Carol and where she’s from and where her powers come from which is honestly pointless and serves no purpose. The half baked relationship with donut boy and the half assed relationship with the brother and the half assed relationship with Mum. What is this terrible book I’m reading with these terrible characters? Soap Opera’s have better characters.This book is a travesty and I am so glad that Stohl is off this book and off this character, her run has been terrible and this last cherry on top of a retcon makes her run truly without a doubt the weakest in the modern era.Onward to the next book!
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  • Cale
    January 1, 1970
    There's a definite challenge to retconning a character's back story, one that this book falls prey to. I'm not overly familiar with Captain Marvel's history, but what this story does to her origin seems to me to weaken the character. The story is also focused on relationship issues, with abuse, adultery, crippling injury and teen angst all coming into play, although to her credit Margaret Stohl does manage to subvert some of the tropes. But by recasting Carol Danvers' history in this manner, it There's a definite challenge to retconning a character's back story, one that this book falls prey to. I'm not overly familiar with Captain Marvel's history, but what this story does to her origin seems to me to weaken the character. The story is also focused on relationship issues, with abuse, adultery, crippling injury and teen angst all coming into play, although to her credit Margaret Stohl does manage to subvert some of the tropes. But by recasting Carol Danvers' history in this manner, it feels like it undercuts what makes her a strong character, throwing her toward the hero's journey rather than letting her be someone who achieved so much on her own, rather than by dint of fate. Carol goes home to New England to recover from some emotional issues, and instead uncovers a whole trove of family history that might have best been left buried. That makes up the bulk of the story, although there's an antagonist who is shoehorned in just so there's a little bit of super hero action. This really didn't work for me - Carol in crisis seems out of character and not much fun to read, and the focus on family secrets seems like the wrong scope for Captain Marvel. Maybe it was my expectations were wrong, but I was severely underwhelmed, in spite of some nice artwork. There are better Captain Marvel stories to read, and I'm guessing the retcon done here doesn't really stick, just from the other stories I've read, so that's no reason to pick it up either.
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  • Erica
    January 1, 1970
    I have a confession that I hope Gabe never reads:Up until Miss Marvel (Kamala Khan) was released, I didn't know Miss Marvel and Captain Marvel were two different people. I thought the one just grew up to be the other and I only thought that after I found out Captain Marvel is a woman.Obviously, I know nothing about Captain Marvel, or didn't before I read this. Now I know her backstory, mostly. I expect the upcoming movie will finish filling me in.As a Marvel hero, Carol is ok, I guess. I didn't I have a confession that I hope Gabe never reads:Up until Miss Marvel (Kamala Khan) was released, I didn't know Miss Marvel and Captain Marvel were two different people. I thought the one just grew up to be the other and I only thought that after I found out Captain Marvel is a woman.Obviously, I know nothing about Captain Marvel, or didn't before I read this. Now I know her backstory, mostly. I expect the upcoming movie will finish filling me in.As a Marvel hero, Carol is ok, I guess. I didn't care much for the writing in this story. Carol comes across as having only male friends, no personality, and her spiritual discord (anger + the need to belong) felt flat and lifeless to me.The art is super pretty, though. I enjoyed looking at the pictures.
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  • Lesia Melnyk
    January 1, 1970
    Надихнувшись переглядом фільму, захотілося дізнатися більше про героїню.Ці випуски рекомендовано до прочитання, якщо бажаєте познайомитися з історією Капітана Марвел у хронологічному порядку.Тут ми дізнаємося про привидів минулого Керол та її справжню сутність, їі родину та друзів дитинства. І, враховуючи, що про Капітана до цього я знала дуже мало, цей комікс привніс мені зрив мозку одним несподіваним фактом 🤯Але без спойлерів. Без спойлерів 😅
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  • Jess
    January 1, 1970
    This is a garbage fire from start to finish.It's so poorly written that it verges on incoherent. Much like Stohl's previous run on Captain Marvel, this book is painfully clunky, poorly-paced and heavy on the cringe. Every single character is bland and unlikeable.I've seen this story praised for showing Carol's 'humanity' and 'vulnerability', and certainly I think that's what Stohl is aiming for. But the emotional moments are almost all unearned, characters flailing around and screaming and cryin This is a garbage fire from start to finish.It's so poorly written that it verges on incoherent. Much like Stohl's previous run on Captain Marvel, this book is painfully clunky, poorly-paced and heavy on the cringe. Every single character is bland and unlikeable.I've seen this story praised for showing Carol's 'humanity' and 'vulnerability', and certainly I think that's what Stohl is aiming for. But the emotional moments are almost all unearned, characters flailing around and screaming and crying and behaving irrationally for no other reason than that the story demands drama.A prime example is Carol's sudden onset of anxiety attacks, which are shoehorned into the story purely to (a) introduce a rather ugly and unnecessary retcon that turns her father from an emotionally distant parent who withheld his approval to a full-on abusive drunk, and (b) heighten the melodrama at key moments by, for instance, having Carol hyperventilate so hard she falls into a conveniently-placed lake and has to be saved from drowning.As somebody who actually does have anxiety, I can't decide whether I'm offended or just amused. It's a clumsily tone-deaf portrayal of mental illness that uses panic attacks as a vehicle for drama, but it's so idiotically over-the-top that it's almost funny.But the real crime is in what the book does to Carol's origin story.It's understandable, in light of the upcoming movie, that Marvel wanted to reconfigure Carol's backstory and de-emphasise the role of Mar-Vell in her origin. Previous writers, particularly Kelly-Sue Deconnick, have handled this quite effectively by shifting the emphasis of that original story, making it about Carol's courage and willpower and need to fight back being made manifest by a piece of Kree technology. Willpower, drive and ambition are a big theme with Carol.This story goes for a more hamfisted approach, moving Carol's origin away from Mar-Vell by shoehorning in a new legacy - one that spits on her personal drive. It turns her grit and perseverance into ~destiny~ and claims credit for all her ambitions. In trying to assert Carol as a hero in her own right, this story actually serves to stifle her independence and free will.
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  • Chris Lemmerman
    January 1, 1970
    Another movie, another origin retcon. Is it necessary? Probably not. Was it entertaining? Yeah, I think so. Does it add anything to Carol's origin? ...Yes, but.The Life Of Captain Marvel plays out in an unexpected way. After the events of her previous series, Carol retires to her hometown for some R&R, only to uncover some family secrets that turn her life upside down, especially when a Kree tracker arrives to hunt her down - or so she thinks. Each issue has a little flashback sequence by ot Another movie, another origin retcon. Is it necessary? Probably not. Was it entertaining? Yeah, I think so. Does it add anything to Carol's origin? ...Yes, but.The Life Of Captain Marvel plays out in an unexpected way. After the events of her previous series, Carol retires to her hometown for some R&R, only to uncover some family secrets that turn her life upside down, especially when a Kree tracker arrives to hunt her down - or so she thinks. Each issue has a little flashback sequence by other artists, which gives this a very Valiant feel for me personally, and that might have been why I felt like this wasn't your typical Marvel comic.The retcons and new information regarding Carol and her family aren't going to have major implications, I don't think. This isn't a 'Tony Stark was adopted and now his mum's a supporting character' type deal. It's more subtle than that, in that you can almost ignore it unless it's referenced elsewhere, which does make the whole thing a tad redundant, but it's going to make for an easy trade for comic shops and new readers to grab if they're interested in Carol after her solo movie, which I expect is the actual point here.The artwork is mostly Carlos Pacheco who surprisingly manages to pencil all five issues bar the flashback sequences, while Marguerite Sauvage and Rafael Fonteriz handle those with more flighty and 'dreamlike' visuals. Pacheco's art is as always, although I've always wondered why he takes so long when he's kind of just pedestrian when compared to other artists that have been around as long as he has.The Life Of Captain Marvel is fine. It's not the huge game-changer it wants to be, but it's not a bad book, and is entirely fit for purpose. Not really the praise it was probably looking for, but that's what it's getting.
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  • James DeSantis
    January 1, 1970
    So this is a book for people who never really read much Captain Marvel. Which actually works for me because only read few volumes here and there. So Carol is doing her Avenger thing, kicking butt, when she starts to have panic attacks about her past. To face your fears might be the only solution. So she heads back to her little old town to visit friends and family. Try to face the reality of her abusive father and her upbringing. In doing so she finds out some insane secrets about her mother but So this is a book for people who never really read much Captain Marvel. Which actually works for me because only read few volumes here and there. So Carol is doing her Avenger thing, kicking butt, when she starts to have panic attacks about her past. To face your fears might be the only solution. So she heads back to her little old town to visit friends and family. Try to face the reality of her abusive father and her upbringing. In doing so she finds out some insane secrets about her mother but also some terrible things happen to her family. This was decent. It didn't blow me away but some of these 1 star reviews are silly. The art is solid with some really cool moments (the cover art is amazing) and the dialogue is actually pretty strong. Nothing sounds out of place, maybe a bit long in spots, but that's it. The plot itself is shaky but it works good enough to understand and has its moments. Overall it's not mindblowing but it's solid enough. A 3 out of 5.
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  • Andrea Vega
    January 1, 1970
    I kinda liked it. I kinda didn't.Muy buena historia de daddy issues y mommy issues en 120 páginas, sólo creo que hay partes que traicionan el origen de Carol. But anyways, eso me pasa por leer lo que se me ponga enfrente, luego me encuentro con cosas que no están tan chidas.
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  • Dan
    January 1, 1970
    Basically, a revamp of Capt. Marvel's origin story.
  • Christoph
    January 1, 1970
    „This is how my story begins.How all stories begin.With a family.“Okay, längere Zeit hab ich einen Bogen um dieses Buch gemacht, weniger wegen dem Buch selbst, eher weil dann immer wieder was interessanteres aufgetaucht ist ... und weil ich mit Captain Marvel bisher wenig anfangen konnte.Tja, dann kam der Film, den ich letzte Woche gesehen habe und sofort griff ich zu.Erwartet man eine typische Origin Story, dann wird man auf jeden Fall enttäuscht. Besteht die Hoffnung auf ein fulminantes Space- „This is how my story begins.How all stories begin.With a family.“Okay, längere Zeit hab ich einen Bogen um dieses Buch gemacht, weniger wegen dem Buch selbst, eher weil dann immer wieder was interessanteres aufgetaucht ist ... und weil ich mit Captain Marvel bisher wenig anfangen konnte.Tja, dann kam der Film, den ich letzte Woche gesehen habe und sofort griff ich zu.Erwartet man eine typische Origin Story, dann wird man auf jeden Fall enttäuscht. Besteht die Hoffnung auf ein fulminantes Space-Adventure, ebenso. Wir sehen Carol Danvers gleich zu Beginn in einem Rückblick mit der Familie und kurz darauf wie sie zu ihrer Familie zurückkehrt, alte Erinnerungen werden geweckt - gute ebenso wie schlechte Erinnerungen. Ein Familiendrama kündigt sich langsam an, als ein Geheimnis aus der Vergangenheit gelüftet wird, just in jenem Moment, als sich ein Hauch von Space-Action in die Handlung einschleicht.Erzählerisch sehr fein, sehr ruhig, sehen wir Carol wie sie auf dem Land ankommt, und sich die üblichen Familienthemen breit machen. Konflikte, Freundschaften und unberarbeitete Dinge aus Kindheit und Jugend. Wir erfahren dabei sehr viel über die junge Carol und so sehr es an manchen Moment mehr als klischeehaft wirkt, es bewegt dank der Bilder und der Erzählweise. Schön, so überrascht zu werden. :)
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  • Café de Tinta
    January 1, 1970
    Esperaba mucho más de este álbum, aunque resulta interesante tener esta perspectiva de la historia del origen de la Capitana y el dibujo además es muy chulo. Sería un 3'5.
  • Guilherme Smee
    January 1, 1970
    Eu havia lido algumas críticas negativas sobre esse quadrinho por aí, mas DÁ LICENÇA... Eu sou fã da Carol Danvers desde criancinha e defenderei sua honra com a minha vida... Hã, ok, não precisa exagerar, só defenderei sua honra, a vida deixa pra mim... Eu conheço bastante da trajetória da personagem para saber que Margareth Stohl orquestrou uma bela mudança na sua origem e cânone. E que fique bem claro que isso foi uma decisão da Marvel em função do filme que vem aí e não da escritora. Ela soub Eu havia lido algumas críticas negativas sobre esse quadrinho por aí, mas DÁ LICENÇA... Eu sou fã da Carol Danvers desde criancinha e defenderei sua honra com a minha vida... Hã, ok, não precisa exagerar, só defenderei sua honra, a vida deixa pra mim... Eu conheço bastante da trajetória da personagem para saber que Margareth Stohl orquestrou uma bela mudança na sua origem e cânone. E que fique bem claro que isso foi uma decisão da Marvel em função do filme que vem aí e não da escritora. Ela soube tecer uma trama instigantes que aproveitou de maneira eficiente os traços de Marguerite Sauvage e de Carlos Pacheco (que há tempos não tinha um trabalho de tanto fôlego) para retratarem respectivamente os flashbacks e o presente da história. Também foi acertada (pelo menos um acerto!) a decisão da Panini Brasil em trazer essa mini encadernada a tempo do filme, sem muito prejuízo para a cronologia vigente. Para mim, a história ficou muito empolgante, muito melhor que esperava, uma mistura de Brothers & Sisters, com Jericho e Exterminador do Futuro que apesar das alterações na história, as faz de maneira menos devastadora e estrondosa do que outras alterações em origem já fizeram. Se fosse um Bendis, iria esquecer todo o Legado de Carol Danvers e iria partir de onde suas memórias afetivas começavam, sem respeitar nenhuma cronologia. Portanto, A Vida da Capitã Marvel é um quadrinhos que é vanguardista e honra o cânone ao mesmo tempo. Muito bom!
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  • Marco
    January 1, 1970
    Disappointing.
  • Filip
    January 1, 1970
    The secret origins of Captain Marvel's mum, revealed! This volume is an excellent and revealing character study, I really enjoyed it.
  • Alan
    January 1, 1970
    I'll admit I elected to read this (in digital floppy format) in advance of the movie, because I was of the mind that Marvel might use this mini-series to "clear the decks" for whatever they do with the character post movie release (DC does the same thing see the recent Aquaman mini reboot).With minimal knowledge of attempts to make the character relevant the past couple of years, because let's be honest Marvel has an even worse track record, IMO, than DC is launching and continuing female led se I'll admit I elected to read this (in digital floppy format) in advance of the movie, because I was of the mind that Marvel might use this mini-series to "clear the decks" for whatever they do with the character post movie release (DC does the same thing see the recent Aquaman mini reboot).With minimal knowledge of attempts to make the character relevant the past couple of years, because let's be honest Marvel has an even worse track record, IMO, than DC is launching and continuing female led series, I was wondering what I would think of Carol Danvers after being away from her from a lot of years.The mini-reset, and this book does reset Carol's origin and background, is successful. I expect many will not like it, but I'm not so much of a continuity cop as to object to a reset that I think makes Carol's origin more believable (all right I thought her original Ms. Marvel origin sucked).Is the threat posed reasonable, umm maybe. What Stohl makes worthwhile is the work put into making the reader care about Carol Danvers, her past, and her future. Or, at least this part of the story telling worked for me.
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  • Brandon
    January 1, 1970
    Hoooo boy, what a goddamn shit show this was. I'm on record as saying that poor Carol hasn't recovered from the loss of Kelly Sue DeConnick. Sure, there was that excellent first volume where she was chilling with Alpha Flight by the team behind AGENT CARTER...but that was about it. Ever since then her offerings have been piss poor...first CIVIL WAR II, now this?This reads like fanfiction. BAD fanfiction. Like..."I'm deep and thoughtful and I want everyone to know how I feel about stuff" bad. Lik Hoooo boy, what a goddamn shit show this was. I'm on record as saying that poor Carol hasn't recovered from the loss of Kelly Sue DeConnick. Sure, there was that excellent first volume where she was chilling with Alpha Flight by the team behind AGENT CARTER...but that was about it. Ever since then her offerings have been piss poor...first CIVIL WAR II, now this?This reads like fanfiction. BAD fanfiction. Like..."I'm deep and thoughtful and I want everyone to know how I feel about stuff" bad. Like..."I'm going to ret-con her entire origin story for a well meaning albeit completely nonsensical reason" bad.So, yeah...here's your spoiler warning.Carol is now half Kree...because apparently it was necessary to make Carol's Kree powers "her own." I'm guessing someone read the first issue of Kelly Sue's run and completely missed the entire point of it. Captain America said it himself...the name's been hers all along.NOPE. Apparently it's not enough. Now we gotta go and ruin it and make things dumb. Carol's Mom was some badass warrior woman who gave up her entire career for a man and...wait...how is THAT not sexist? Seriously...how is it better to make Carol's powers her own as opposed to "hand me downs" from another hero and then go around and have it that her Mom decides to shack up with the first dude that gives her the Terra Firma? Furthermore...how the hell are we supposed to believe that this Kree warrior doesn't pound his deadbeat ass into the ground the first time he lays a hand on the kids??It's just dumb. It's insulting. It belongs in the goddamn garbage.
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  • ellis
    January 1, 1970
    i am not super familiar with Carol's origin story, so i liked this? the art was pretty and i love mother daughter fighting bonding time
  • Scott
    January 1, 1970
    A fun read and a good retelling of her origin.
  • Kristen Wallo
    January 1, 1970
    This is my first captain marvel graphic novel and I loved it! I can't wait to read more about her.
  • Viktoria
    January 1, 1970
    My rating is a bit unusual this time. I am giving this book 4 stars because it contains 5 issues and I really loved 4 of them. The last one... doesn't sit well with me for some reasons. I tried to really think it over why but somehow it just didn't work with me. Compared to the previous four, it was too fast. It wanted a huge conclusion but it was too big with everything happening and things kind of fell apart instead of getting together. Somehow it lost all the weight it had. And believe me, I My rating is a bit unusual this time. I am giving this book 4 stars because it contains 5 issues and I really loved 4 of them. The last one... doesn't sit well with me for some reasons. I tried to really think it over why but somehow it just didn't work with me. Compared to the previous four, it was too fast. It wanted a huge conclusion but it was too big with everything happening and things kind of fell apart instead of getting together. Somehow it lost all the weight it had. And believe me, I absolutely wanted to love this book from the beginning to the ending. I can't even say that it was a bad reading experience because it wasn't. I just can't say it was perfect either.However, there are many good parts of the book - to be exact the first four issues. The art is absolutely gorgeous and Carol is as beautiful and powerful and graceful as ever. The story building had a good pace, I loved the balance between the past we didn't know everything about and the present where we also had new discoveries.I also think this book is very important, besides a strong origin story for Carol, because it takes time to reflect on very real things we don't talk enough about: how an abusive and drunk parent affects the whole family; what it is like to grow up like this but never have any closure; what rage and anger can do to you if you don't acknowledge and treat it; how hard it is sometimes to talk to your loved ones, how terrifying it can be; how little things can shape you strongly; how hard being a parent is and even though you mean the best, sometimes you cause more damage than good. I saw that a lot of people disliked the book entirely, and I mean, we all are very different and I respect that if the book didn't work at all with someone. But I wanted to put it out there that even though there is definitely place for criticism, parts of this book are so damn important and I'm glad it got written, drawn, printed and released. Probably a lot of people disappointed because they expected a different kind of journey with Carol. More action packed, more space travel, more fight. Well, I will have this book with Carol's feelings and family and past and I'm sure Marvel will provide all the action in other comic books with her. I probably would recommend this book to people who are interested in Carol and like slower, less action-packed books. Plus, who are able to keep an open mind regarding Carol's "traditional" origin story.
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  • Jason
    January 1, 1970
    One of the reasons I love comics and particularly superhero comics is how elastic they are. Will it be popcorn fun? Or a weighty discussion or a topic? Or both? Will it be about saving one kid from a snatcher? Or an entire city? Or the galaxy?This volume takes Earth's Mightiest Hero and gives her panic attacks. It revisits her troubled childhood and opens a new dimension to her past. A fun, lowkey book with all the feels. If you enjoyed the movie, this is a great starting point before leaping in One of the reasons I love comics and particularly superhero comics is how elastic they are. Will it be popcorn fun? Or a weighty discussion or a topic? Or both? Will it be about saving one kid from a snatcher? Or an entire city? Or the galaxy?This volume takes Earth's Mightiest Hero and gives her panic attacks. It revisits her troubled childhood and opens a new dimension to her past. A fun, lowkey book with all the feels. If you enjoyed the movie, this is a great starting point before leaping into De Connick's galactic adventures or Kelly Thompson's run that just started.
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  • Sara Bakhshi
    January 1, 1970
    Liked it so much cause it showed more of her human side
  • Leo McBride
    January 1, 1970
    I picked this up for free as an Amazon Prime borrow - so I can at least be glad I didn't spend any money on it, which is a good thing. After all, what did Captain Marvel need as her movie was heading to the screens? A retcon! No, no, she did not need that. And yet here it is. Once more the story of Captain Marvel has been messed with, and c'mon, surely Carol Danvers has had enough of a messed-up journey to deal with. From being Ms Marvel, through losing her powers, becoming Binary, back to Ms Ma I picked this up for free as an Amazon Prime borrow - so I can at least be glad I didn't spend any money on it, which is a good thing. After all, what did Captain Marvel need as her movie was heading to the screens? A retcon! No, no, she did not need that. And yet here it is. Once more the story of Captain Marvel has been messed with, and c'mon, surely Carol Danvers has had enough of a messed-up journey to deal with. From being Ms Marvel, through losing her powers, becoming Binary, back to Ms Marvel and now with the Captain title, her hither-thither history has been a bit of a mess. This doesn't do anything to clear it up, just adds on a new reason why she got her powers and saddles her with the crappiest family and childhood upbringing it can manage. Abusive father? Yup. Mother who doesn't stand up for her? Yup. There are twists in here that I won't reveal but they make the situation make even less sense. Throw in a waste-of-space brother character who serves as nothing more than an anchor to keep Carol around, and a drippy, slightly stalkery love interest, who takes to blaming Carol the instant bad guys show up and its hard to care too much about this. Oh and panic attacks. Now she has panic attacks too. Because that's a surefire way to help undercut the wham-bam heroics that Kelly Sue DeConick brought back to the title. I honestly can't fathom why Marvel felt the need to retcon Carol ahead of the movie - especially as the story here doesn't match up with the story in the movie - but I think you can probably safely ignore this title on the assumption it'll be undone again in a couple of years' time.
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  • Liz Ogle
    January 1, 1970
    It's no secret that I love Marvel and I love Captain Marvel. If you've been within five feet of me or have spent at least five minutes on my blog you know how obsessed I am right now. I waited "patiently" for my turn to read The Life of Captain Marvel and thought I would devour it in one sitting. That surprisingly wasn't the case.I know a lot of people have issues with this book. Some people really don't vibe well with Carol having an abusive past, and that being a main focus of her story here. It's no secret that I love Marvel and I love Captain Marvel. If you've been within five feet of me or have spent at least five minutes on my blog you know how obsessed I am right now. I waited "patiently" for my turn to read The Life of Captain Marvel and thought I would devour it in one sitting. That surprisingly wasn't the case.I know a lot of people have issues with this book. Some people really don't vibe well with Carol having an abusive past, and that being a main focus of her story here. I can see that. I think the whole abusive father figure is pretty worn in superhero stories, but guys that storyline is really realistic. It happens. Not everyone gets a happy, traditional family. Am I a bit annoyed that it wasn't more flushed out? Sure. Do I think it was a bit melodramatic at times? Absolutely. But, I don't think it was so lucrative that it derailed the whole story. What I liked the most about this book was that it made Carol a bit more human. I loved that Tony was in her right corner cheering her on to get better and confront her past. I think that it brought positively to mental illness and seeking help, which are always important messages to have in a book.Overall I really enjoyed this book. I like what the writers did with Carol's character and I enjoyed the other side characters as well.
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  • Garrett
    January 1, 1970
    Is it a retcon? If it is, it's meant to be a definitive retcon, and I think, an aligning of MCU-to-come Carol with standard 616 Carol. (Are we still doing that? Is it still the 616?) If this were coming out not in the context of a new movie, it would still be a welcome fix-and-straighten of Carol's jacked up origin story. It's good. It's well put-together and fits within the Marvel Universe without screwing up anything that's gone before, and in fact, provides additional dimension and depth to t Is it a retcon? If it is, it's meant to be a definitive retcon, and I think, an aligning of MCU-to-come Carol with standard 616 Carol. (Are we still doing that? Is it still the 616?) If this were coming out not in the context of a new movie, it would still be a welcome fix-and-straighten of Carol's jacked up origin story. It's good. It's well put-together and fits within the Marvel Universe without screwing up anything that's gone before, and in fact, provides additional dimension and depth to the character by removing some of the random ridiculousness of her previously accepted origin story. Not complicated, but entertaining and necessary. Good reading for everyone excited about the movie.
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