Captain Marvel #18 REVIEW

Writer: Kelly Thompson
Art: Cory Smith and Jorge Molina
Price: $3.99
Release Date: July 29th, 2020

Empyre has arrived and the Marvel Universe morphing event of the summer rumbles on through the books nearest and dearest to you! Will your character be affected, and if so, will the change be for the better or for the worse? Who will You be Accusing?

Empyre #2 had Carol Danvers apparently assuming the role that Ronan the Accuser used to have before he died. What that means I am extremely interested to find out.

(I secretly want a book with Accuser Marvel, Thor, and Hammer carrying She-Hulk call it Hammer Time. It’s just a three-issue mini of them playing whack-a-mole).

We open this issue and we jump right into the middle of a one-sided firefight. A Cotati Battleship ( where the hell did this species that was almost extinct get a battleship ) is destroying a Skrull/Kree battle cruiser. The cruiser is dead in the water one more shot and they will be dead completely. When Captain Accuser saves the day with one mighty swing of her mighty hammer she cleaves the Cotati ship in two. It is a beautiful Splash page.

It leaves me searching my feelings a bit though. This is an all-out War I get that, but should Captain Accuser just go around slaughtering a whole ship of people? The Cotati are plant creatures, not robots. She even states later on how there were no survivors. It just left a little bit of a bad taste in my mouth.

Especially since this issue is mainly about Captain Accuser having to hand down her first accusation. First, we deal with Empyre Hulkling who really seems to be falling into this emperor of two worlds that bitterly hate each other role rather easily…a little too easily. He seems to be holding court on the only ship that didn’t get destroyed from his fleet. When a message comes in of a sensitive matter, he sends out Captain Accuser to solve the problem.

Apparently, the Kree and Skrulls before they decided to team up and nominate a C list character from the mothballs to be King, they thought it would be prudent to make a planet and populate it with Kree and Skrulls to see if the two could coexist. It went well till some nefarious force destroyed, pretty much, the whole planet. The Accused is still on the planet’s surface waiting for judgment.

Will Captain Accuser be able to fulfill her duties or will blood be thicker than a hammer?

Final Thoughts:

I liked this issue for the most part. The Art is visually interesting to look at the whole way through and beautifully drawn. The story flows nicely and doesn’t get to bogged down in this Empyre B.S. It defiantly doesn’t feel like a dramatic change from what we were getting before so that is awesome. This is the first issue that had an Empyre tag on it that I liked and it had a very interesting cliffhanger that I need to see play out.

8 / 10

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