Previously in CAPTAIN MARVEL, Rogue appeared on Nuclear Man’s island and delivered a punch directly to Carol Danvers’ face. Of course, the two have quite the history. So, the punch to the face was not exactly surprising. Though, in the midst of their fighting, the two managed to break through to each other and forge a plan against Nuclear Man. Captain Marvel actually allowed Rogue to absorb her energy in order to stand a chance against Nuclear Man. So now, in CAPTAIN MARVEL #5, the fight continues.

This time though, Captain Marvel and Rogue are fighting side by side.

This particular arc, centralizing on Nuclear Man’s war, has certainly been a mixed bag. Nuclear Man as a villain in addition to his master plan to procreate with Captain Marvel has not been one of the series’ more positive aspects. However, witnessing writer Kelly Thompson focus on the tension and subsequent resolution between Rogue and Captain Marvel is undoubtedly satisfying to watch.

So, in regard to this installment, the issue shares many of the flaws its predecessors have maintained. Yet, there is a handful of highlights to note.

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CAPTAIN MARVEL #5 page 2. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

Breaking Down the Barrier

Picking off right where its predecessor left off, CAPTAIN MARVEL #5 kicks off with Captain Marvel, inside Rogue’s body due to Rogue’s absorption, fighting Nuclear Man. However, in the midst of the fight, the two heroes get separated and return to their normal bodies and mindset.

Rogue then proceeds to fight Nuclear Man as Carol checks on her allies facing off against Nuclear Man’s army. She comes to realize that there is indeed a bomb hidden in the midst of all the fighting, and she deduces that the bomb lies in Som.

When Som discovers what lies within him, he begs Carol to kill him. The last thing he wants to do is hurt anyone, but Carol assures Som that she will find another way. Rogue arrives to absorb Som’s energy, neutralizing the threat. Simultaneously, the barrier that had surrounded Nuclear Man’s island, suppressing most individuals’ abilities, begins to break down. As a result, many of Carol’s allies regain their powers, and they continue their fight against Nuclear Man. Unfortunately, he teleports away with Som in tow.

Deciding to return back to their reality, Carol leads her allies back into the real world as she and Rogue decide to leave their previous adversity in the past.

CAPTAIN MARVEL #5 does not close out the Nuclear Man arc as clearly as it should, and the overarching war feels anticlimactic. However, the issue does stand strong in its depiction of Rogue and Captain Marvel’s reconciliation. Seeing these two work past their differences for the sake of saving countless lives is admirable to witness. Thus, it will be interesting to see how the relationship between these two continues to grow in the future.

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CAPTAIN MARVEL #5 page 4. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

The Many Hues of CAPTAIN MARVEL #5

The artwork of CAPTAIN MARVEL has been another inconsistent aspect of the series thus far. This issue is no different. However, there’s a handful of highlights in this issue that is worth noting.

Firstly, I love the depiction of Carol within Rogue’s body. The flaming hair is certainly a nice touch from artist Carmen Carnero. I also love Carnero and colorist Tamra Bonvillain’s work on the sequence in which Rogue absorbs Som’s energy. Their depiction of the event turns out to be an unexpectedly emotionally poignant moment that not only showcases Som’s humanity but also Rogue’s heroism.

Now, in regard to the rest of the issue, many of the battle sequences come across as muddled. As a result, the action is hard to engage with at times.

So, overall, though the artwork is not totally satisfying, there are still a few high points that bring a little bit of emotional weight to the narrative.

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CAPTAIN MARVEL #5 page 5. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

What Lies Beyond

So, the war against Nuclear Man is not exactly over. However, it is safe to say that CAPTAIN MARVEL is taking a break from that war to focus on another: War of the Realms.

Despite its flaws, this particular CAPTAIN MARVEL series has been an enjoyable ride. The last few issues have certainly presented pivotal moments for our titular hero. Therefore, it will be intriguing to see how Captain Marvel continues learning about herself as this series moves forward.

CAPTAIN MARVEL #5 by Kelly Thompson, Carmen Carnero, Tamra Bonvillain, & Clayton Cowles
CAPTAIN MARVEL #5 doesn't exactly tie up the Nuclear Man arc as nicely as one would hope, but its developments in regard to Carol and Rogue's relationship do shine through.
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