Accused: Part 2
Writer: Kelly Thompson
Artist: Cory Smith
Cover Art: Jorge Molina
Variant Cover: Ariel Olivetti
What You Need to Know: It’s an all-out war in the Marvel Universe (again) and Captain Marvel is now the Supreme Accuser of the Newly United Kree/Skrull Empire. Wielding the Universal Weapon once owned by Ronin, she is a key part of the New Empire’s fight against the Cotati, who intend to establish supremacy over the entire Universe. Earth included. Between battles happening in the “Empyre” stand-alone, Emperor Hulking tasked Captain Marvel with a side mission. The Kree/Skrull Sanctuary City of K’in-Al has been demolished and Carol is to be sent to accuse-and presumably execute- the Kree Soldier who orchestrated the Massacre. But when she confronted the soldier, Carol’s new hammer gave her a vision that this Kree named Lauri-Ell is Carol’s half-sister! A lab-engineered product of their mother’s DNA and while the hammer showed this, it didn’t show the clear perpetrator. Her sister claims she is innocent and to confirm that, Captain Marvel needs more time.
In This Issue: Upon hearing that Carol has not accomplished her mission on Mar-Da’en Emperor Hulking is not happy with Carol and needs an explanation. She explains things are not as they seem, and she needs to investigate longer and has left the main suspect, her half-sister in good hands. Or paws in Carol’s Apartment with Chewie, whom Lauri-Ell thinks needs better food to eat and decides to venture out to help him. Arriving on Planet Mar-Da’en, Captain Marvel knows she must move quickly to find the culprit but feels hesitant and can’t decipher why. She bumps into Walter S. Lawson, A.K.A Wastrel a “former” mad scientist whose identity Mar-Vell accidentally stole when he first came to Earth. Last Captain Marvel had seen him was when he was being sentenced to Ten Years of Community Service for Plots against the Kree People.
The conversation is pleasant enough, but Carol has work to do. Unfortunately, the hammer isn’t helping as much as she hoped it would and Carol only has more questions than answers about what happened. Not to mention the clear absence of Wastrel and his lab coat from the clean-up crew. Before she can ask, a transmit ion from Earth takes precedence concerning Lauri-Ell who has left the apartment and went from buying food to saving innocent kids from the Cotai attacking! The two sisters and Chewie are able to take out the monsters all while having some sisterly bonding. But Carol can’t stop working and has one more mission she must do before she can properly head back to find the culprit of the bombing. She goes to Doctor Strange for help bringing friends she trusts to get to the bottom of the bombing and the feeling the untrustworthy feeling the Hammer is giving her.
There is a lot of good stuff in this issue, but I just have to start with; I love that Carol’s ship gets her halfway across space in less than a few minutes like its nothing. I mean, I guess space travel and technology is more advanced than Earth’s obviously, but of everything in this issue, that was the only thing I questioned. Because Carol literally books it from one planet to Earth and back in no time at all.
But I digress.
This issue was important to give Lauri-Ell some character background and development other than “It’s Captain Marvel’s half-sister”. It’s nice to see what kind of person she is and all of her interactions with Chewie are heartwarming and hilarious. Which considering all the stress and devastation Carol is going through, a little light-heartedness is needed. Carol always ends up having major insecurities during major times, which is understandable, but she is finally learning to trust her gut about things. If I haven’t suggested it yet, you really should read the “Empyre” series going on right now, so you can see other sides of this war and fill in a few gaps. This particular issue happens just before issue #4 of the saga so it should be interesting going forward how this is going to play out.