“Falling Star: Conclusion”
Writer: Kelly Thompson
Artist: Carmen Carnero
Cover Art: Mark Brooks
Variant Cover Art: Elizabeth Torque
What You Need to Know: Carol Danvers has had the worst string of bad luck. Being ousted as half Kree, losing her job, having the whole world hate her, and now finding out old foe Minerva, is behind it all. Not only that, but she unleashed a new “Hero” to take Captain Marvels place: Star, A.K.A. Ripley Ryan. The Reporter Carol saved from Nuclear Man and now tethered to Carol’s own life force thanks to an Alien Virus that Minerva let out that has made Star stronger and Carol weaker. But Star turned on Minerva and now Carol has attempted to stop her by removing the device connecting them. This severely wounded her, but it didn’t stop Star from stealing strength, just not Carol’s!
In This Issue: Carol is realizing that although she has removed the object that was draining her powers it has not stopped Star like she hoped it would. Instead, Star is draining every person in New York and more to collect energy to stop Carol. With only one choice left, Carol PUTS BACK the device in her chest hoping it will be enough to stop Star. But even trying to talk sense into Star isn’t enough to stop her, not even when Hazmat jumps in to stop her. But it isn’t enough and the only thing that slows her down is when a child on the scene tries to intervene. Not impressed, Star tosses the girl aside which provokes Carol to try one more option. A hug, a hug that lets her rip out the device in Star’s chest. The Avengers finally show up and the clean-up can begin. Not just on the streets, but with Carol’s reputation, her health, and her relationships. Meanwhile, Star is not done yet.
Ok so, I missed the boat about Star being the “breakout star” and now she is going to have a little spin off. . . but ok. That was not the ending I was expecting which I can appreciate. Wasn’t shocked that after she saved everyone the world loved her again and totally denied ever hating her. Just a little something relatable to how people really act when the media gets involved. Then again, I felt like this issue was more to wrap the story up and look at how Carol dealing with trauma. The trauma of losing her powers, again, the trauma of losing people, and the hardships of finding yourself in all of that. The choice you make of staying down or getting up. Carol got up and as the iconic Captain Marvel, I’m pretty glad she did. Now it’s on to the next Arch!