Captain Marvel #3 Review

Written by: Kelly Thompson
Art by: Carmen Carnero, Tamra Bonvillain and VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 20, 2019

I have enjoyed Captain Marvel so far though I have to admit, I didn’t love the second issue as much as the first. I really enjoyed the character moments of the #1 issue and am afraid that we will have to wait until this Nuclear Man storyline is over before getting that back as the main focus. Still, I like some good action and this whole thing promises that.

The issue opens with Jennifer Walters falling from the sky. Yea, she entered as She Hulk but quickly lost her powers, but thankfully Carol didn’t. She saves Jen and then Jess and Echo go to town on the “Metal Men”.

Afterwards, Carol confronts Som and he comes clean about everything (?) and the best bit of this is what “Som” stands for. Really? I half expected him to bust out in a Run DMC style rap and if you are in the know, you know exactly what I am talking about!

Back at the base, Carol tells the team to not trust Som with any sensitive information all while she is playing him to see if he is on the up and up. I really hope he is because even if we haven’t got much on him yet, he is actually pretty interesting especially how he ties into everything that is going on.

Meanwhile in the Med Bay, Hazmat is worried that another Jen will make her get a lame nickname (what, like “Hazmat”?!?) and then it’s off to raise an army. We get a Carol narrated montage before Som comes up with a plan to infiltrate the Nuclear Man’s citadel…but can they trust him? I was a little confused myself after Echo shows up with a confusing statement after tailing Som.

Carol, Jess and Som head off to the Citadel and the issue ends with Som revealing how Carol ended up there in the first place and why it happened and then an awesome cliffhanger that pushes the volume up to 11!

I love the way this issue ended, but Kelly Thompson seemed to meander a bit to get there. The setup of Som was good, but without much development on the Nuclear Man front, the whole story is a bit one-sided and a bit boring. We are told that Nuclear Man is a huge threat, but it’s been a while since we’ve even seen him and that throws the issue off a little. This issue looks fantastic when Carmen Carnero gets the chance to strut a little and the cliffhanger has me excited to see what’s up next issue.

Final Thoughts:

Captain Marvel continues with a setup issue that ended with a bang. I hope Kelly Thompson keeps the excitement from the cliffhanger going next issue because while this issue looks great, it has some pacing issues throughout. I am still on-board but I am starting to need more from this book.

7.0/10

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