Carol Danvers has been featured in a multitude of Marvel Comics stories. Her tenure as Captain Marvel has been interpreted and reinterpreted various times to a variety of responses. This particular interpretation from writer Margaret Stohl has truly proven itself to be one of the most definitive Carol Danvers stories. Thus, it is with great sadness that Stohl’s impeccable run comes to an end in THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL #5.

Previously in THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL, Carol’s own mother, Mari-ell, was revealed to be a noble Kree warrior. Because of her decision to settle on Earth and start a family, though, a Kree soldier has been tasked with finding Mari-ell and enacting punishment for her “crimes”.

As a result, the conflict of this series culminates in this final issue in a suitably poignant, emotional manner.

There are some big spoilers coming up, so if you don’t want to know ahead of time, go grab the issue!

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THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL #5 page 1. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

The End

THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL #5 kicks off with a depiction of Carol’s happy place: the sky. One of the best aspects of this series has been Stohl’s exploration of Carol’s vulnerability. She has always been a warrior, an explorer of unknown places. However, that passion has proven to be one of great costs.

Her time with the Avengers had cultivated distance from her loved ones. Yet, she continues to find solace in the sky, because she knows that is the place she belongs.

The majority of THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL #5’s narrative features two distinct tales. One features Carol’s initial interactions with Mar-Vell, catalyzing the birth of her Kree abilities, while the other features the climactic fight against the Kree soldier hunting her mother.

In a tragic conclusion, Mari-Ell dies as a result of the intense battle, despite her and Carol’s victory over the Kree soldier.

Thus, THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL #5 upholds the series’ theme of family. Every significant moment in Carol’s history intertwines with her mother’s influence from the birth of her abilities to her love for space. So, despite the distance and secrets between the two, Mari-Ell was always a part of her daughter.

As a result, even in death, Carol continues to see her mom in the stars, perpetually feeling Mari-Ell’s presence.

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

The Many Hues of THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL #5

The artwork of THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL has been majestic throughout. In regard to this particular issue, Julian Totino Tedesco’s cover is simply gorgeous. The cover captures the joy Carol obtains when she flies through the skies. It captures the wonder and awe of her persona as a superhero.

That aspect is one that persists throughout the issue.

I particularly enjoy the juxtaposition of pencilling between Carlos Pacheco and Marguerite Sauvage. They continuously present dynamic images that exemplify Carol’s state of mind to a tee.

My personal favorite panels in this issue are the ones I find to be the most powerful. The first is the sequence that depicts Carol’s heroic history. We witness the birth of her abilities following her encounters with Mar-Vell in an especially explosive illustration. The panels go on to traverse Carol’s transitions as a superhero, from Ms. Marvel to Captain Marvel.

Finally, the last page of THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL #5 is undoubtedly beautiful.

Seeing Mari-Ell’s image in the stars as Carol begins her next adventure is just so incredibly powerful. This series gave us a raw story about a mother and a daughter, two people who may have had their differences but ultimately adored each other.

This final page exemplifies that theme to perfection.

What Lies Beyond

I feel as though words do not accurately assess the quality of this series. Sometimes, I feel like a broken record describing how inspiring this series has been.

To say the least, though, THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL has been a genuine, heartfelt run. I can feel Stohl’s admiration for Carol Danvers in her writing.

As a result, she provides us with an authentic perspective of a character going through a crossroads.

Thus, this perspective has given readers an incredible, truly unforgettable story.

THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL #5 by Margaret Stohl, Carlos Pacheco, Rafael Fonteriz, Marcio Menyz, Federico Blee, Marguerite Sauvage
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THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL is one of the, if not the, best Captain Marvel stories abound. This issue reaffirms why.
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One Comment

  1. Alan

    February 27, 2019 at 1:53 am

    Empowering women is twhat sells nowadays huh

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