There have been various interpretations of Carol Danvers’ origins as Captain Marvel. Now, in 2018, writer Margaret Stohl presents a brand new take on the iconic hero’s beginnings. However, this specific interpretation is entirely different from previous ones. THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL #1 immerses readers into the painful childhood Danvers remembers. The issue intersects those memories with Danvers’ current, continuous journey into understanding her purpose as a hero.

As a result, this superhero origin story is not what you expect. Despite that though, it is one you will remember long after you’ve finished reading.

So, without further ado, let’s dive into the tale of Carol Danvers and her heroic adventures as Captain Marvel.

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THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL #1 page 1. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

The Secret Origin of Carol Danvers

THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL #1 begins with an intersection of flashbacks and modern events as Captain Marvel reflects on her childhood while battling Tanalth and Moonstone. As she delves into her nostalgia, Danvers narrates the events of her childhood that have lingered in her subconscious to this day. We come to learn that her father was an abusive alcoholic who made Danvers’ child absolutely miserable.

As she reflects on those terrible times, Captain Marvel beats both her foes pretty badly. Her actions lead to concern amongst her fellow Avengers, who worry that her aggression has a much deeper source. So, Tony Stark has a conversation with her. Danvers informs him that since their latest mission was on Father’s Day, she lost a little control. She tells him how hard it has been to move forward from her past, particularly when there is an annual reminder of the man who made her life a living hell.

Thus, as a result of her inner conflicts, Captain Marvel decides to return home to visit her mother and older brother, JJ. However, her hometown reunion isn’t as joyous as one may expect. There’s tension amongst the family, particularly since Danvers hasn’t returned home in some time. She didn’t even come home when her father died.

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Despite her aversion towards her father, Danvers decides to go with JJ  to visit her father’s grave. Unfortunately, the two get into a disagreement that results in JJ driving home drunk. He gets into a terrible accident that causes some serious brain injury. Thus, Danvers decides to take some time off from the Avengers to focus on her mother and brother. Tony Stark repeatedly calls Danvers, asking her to return to the Avengers.

Danvers refuses. She feels as though her duty lies with her family at the moment, so she decides to stay.

So, from start to finish, THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL #1 is a powerful, intricate tale that presents an absolutely beautiful depiction of Captain Marvel. Without a doubt, Stohl presents an innovative take on Captain Marvel’s origins, one that will reel in any reader.

Stohl executes the characterization of Carol Danvers with immense care and attention to detail. As a result, she establishes a phenomenal story with a lead character worthy of their hero status.

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THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL #1 page 3. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

 

The Many Hues of THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL #1

In regard to THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL #1’s artwork, the variants are exceptional. I particularly love Joe Quesada and Sana Takeda’s covers. Quesada’s maintains a mystical factor that exemplifies Danvers’ nostalgia towards her youth while Takeda’s attention to detail is absolutely gorgeous. Both covers comprise the details Stohl works with in her narrative. As a result, Quesada and Takeda’s works intertwine with the exceptional tale of the issue, elevating the quality of the work even more.

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In regard to the content of the issue itself, penciller Carlos Pacheco and inker Rafael Fonteriz bring some beautiful images to life in this work. However, the star of THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL #1’s imagery is colorist Marcio Menyz. I enjoy the bright tones he brings to this issue, particularly since the majority of the story’s setting is in Danvers’ hometown.

As a result, Menyz brings a plethora of comfortable hues to the table that one may associate with the warmth of home.

So, like the narrative, the imagery of THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL #1 is fitting to the overarching tone of the story in addition to being gorgeously executed.

What Lies Beyond

THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL #1 is an exceptional story. I’m already dreading the fact that there are only five issues in this series. So, if you are reading this review and are unsure of whether or not you want to check out this work, do yourself a favor and read it as soon as you can. Stohl presents an extraordinary perspective of Captain Marvel, one that is absolutely unique and unapologetically authentic.

THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL #1 by Margaret Stohl, Carlos Pacheco, Rafael Fonteriz, Marcio Menyz, Marguerite Sauvage, & Clayton Cowles
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THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL #1 is gorgeous in its storytelling and its artwork. Fans of the iconic character as well as newcomers should do themselves a favor and read this story.
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