Previously in CAPTAIN MARVEL, our titular hero found herself travelling through a portal to a destination of an unknown place in an unknown time. Additionally, upon the end of the last issue, writer Kelly Thompson gave readers a glimpse of a revolutionary Carol Danvers leading an army in a seemingly dystopian world. Now, in CAPTAIN MARVEL #2, we discover that dystopian world in addition to the person responsible for putting it into place.

CAPTAIN MARVEL #2 brings a fascinating layer to the conflict between Captain Marvel and Nuclear Man. As a result, the issue establishes a rather cohesive narrative to build upon. With that, CAPTAIN MARVEL #2 does falter in moving the plot forward. Thus, though the dynamic between characters and central conflict maintains allure, the plot struggles to measure up.

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CAPTAIN MARVEL #2 page 1. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

Higher, Further, Faster

So, long story short, Captain Marvel flew through a portal in an effort to catch Nuclear Man. After flying through the portal, the two continue engaging in quite the brutal hand-to-hand fight until Hazmat, Echo, and others appear and ultimately scare him off.

Captain Marvel comes to find herself in a mysterious, dystopian island. She learns that only women have been able to pass through the portal into this dystopia, for some inexplicable reason. However, there are men on the island who did not pass through the portal; they reside within The Citadel alongside Nuclear Man.

Thus, much of CAPTAIN MARVEL #2 comprises of dialogue between Carol and various other characters who provide exposition in regard to the conflict at hand. Objectively, the conflict presented is an intriguing mystery. However, in the context of this issue, not much happens outside of the provided exposition.

As a result, the plot remains static for the majority of the work.

Thankfully, the dialogue between Captain Marvel and her allies promotes some constructive characterization, especially in regard to Captain Marvel herself. It is definitely interesting to see the Captain improvise in response to the ambiguity of this dystopia, an aspect I hope to see built upon in upcoming issues of this series.

So, overall, CAPTAIN MARVEL #2 is an enjoyable work, even if it maintains a few flaws here and there.

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CAPTAIN MARVEL #2 page 3. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

The Many Hues of CAPTAIN MARVEL #2

Unfortunately, the artwork of CAPTAIN MARVEL #2 is not one of the issue’s stronger points. However, it is worth pointing out the coloring of Tamra Bonvillain. Bonvillain maintains a consistent warmth throughout the issue. The array of pink and orange hues throughout provide a layer of dimension to the issue’s imagery. Each and every panel feels a little more immersive and lively despite the fact that the setting is a dystopia.

Thus, I enjoy Bonvillain’s capability to exemplify such a dismal place through vibrant colors successfully.

Now, in regard to the pencilling, I found many depictions of Captain Marvel and various other characters to be undefined. Oftentimes, details of a character’s expression or action would fall into obscurity. In particular, the action sequences upon the end of the issue appear disheveled.

So, hopefully the next issues in this series bring more consistency to the artwork to facilitate more fluid panels.

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CAPTAIN MARVEL #2 page 4. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

What Lies Beyond

The conclusion of CAPTAIN MARVEL #2 previews the revolutionary Captain Marvel we got a taste of upon the end of CAPTAIN MARVEL #1. Captain Marvel is leading her army into battle against Nuclear Man’s forces.

The question is, how far will that revolution go? Additionally, what happens once the war is over?

Captain Marvel and company are all still trapped on the other side of the portal and must find their way back home at some point. So, our titular hero is in a war of many conflicts.

She must fight Nuclear Man, and she must save the lives of those Nuclear Man has oppressed.

Of course, there is no doubt that Captain Marvel will win this war. One can only hope that she will before further catastrophe ensues.

CAPTAIN MARVEL #2 by Kelly Thompson, Carmen Carnero, Tamra Bonvillain, & Clayton Cowles
CAPTAIN MARVEL #2 will pique your interest as Nuclear Man's plot builds upon itself. Though, the issue could have benefited from a bit more, in-depth plot development.
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