In retrospect, thereâs a lot about âCaptain Marvelâ #5âs big reveal that makes sense. I warn you now, Iâm going to very definitively spoil the issue so that I can discuss it. If youâre intending to actually read the issue, then come back later. The big twist in the story, which arrives fairly early on, is that Captain Marvel actually turns out to be one of them Skrulls youâve been hearing so much about. Seems pretty obvious, in retrospect, doesnât it? Especially in light of a ship filled with other 70s heroes landing on Earth in âSecret Invasionâ #1.and the way Marv turned up in ambiguous circumstances, smack-bang in the middle of âCivil Warâ.
In light of all that, the âCaptain Marvelâ miniseries has retrospectively become something of an odd beast. Itâs really one giant âSecret Invasionâ prologue story, with reveals about the Church of Hala and Marv himself being Skrulls. If this were the five opening issues of an ongoing series, I could almost understand it, but as a complete story in itself, it feels like it has under-delivered, and I say that as someone whoâs been a very big fan of all of Reedâs other work.
Of course, Marv rejects his Skrull heritage, choosing instead to fully submit to the brainwashing that makes him believe heâs the real Mar-Vell. From this, itâs a possibility - a likely one - that Reed is setting up Captain Marv-skrull as a permanent fixture in the MU. If true, then heâs going to have one of the most ridiculous origin stories ever. A Skrull brainwashed to think that heâs half-human, half-Kree, all-dead superhero? As origins go, itâs no âbitten by a radioactive Spiderâ or âinjected with super-soldier serumâ is it?
While Iâm trying not to be entirely negative, the last element I donât understand was the choice of trigger image. The amount of page time given to the painting, I felt, lead me to believe that the image, itself, held the key to some mystery, and had some wider significance beyond âwhen you see it youâll remember everythingâ (which didnât even work properly as it was.) If there was any deeper meaning to the choice of painting, I didnât see it explained here.
Still, now for some good points. Weeksâ art is great, and he manages to meld Marvâs fairly classic, bright super-hero look with the darker, street-level elements where some artists might struggle. Reedâs handling of the Marv/Danvers relationship is definitely one of the series more successful elements, and complements his work in âMs. Marvelâ perfectly. We also get some very pertinent information about how the Skrulls operate, including the first in-story proof that not every Skrull might realize that they are one - all crucial information for those trying to unravel the âSecret Invasionâ plot.
Now completed, it seems fair to assess the âCaptain Marvelâ mini as more good than bad, but as a series in itself it doesnât quite work. Given Marvâs appearance in âSecret Invasionâ #1, it seems like itâll be almost essential reading for those interested in the crossover, but if you donât care about Skrulls at all then you can pretty much write off the entire series. Kudos to Marvel for setting this all up in advance in a way that makes total sense, but if you wanted to get a genuine Captain Marvel story out of it, well, Iâm not convinced it fits the bill.