Did We Order Sludge on this Trip?! (Captain Marvel Comic #31 Review)
Vacation, All I Never Wanted
Writer: Kelly Thompson
Artist: Takeshi Miyazawa
Cover Artist: Marco Checchettto & Matthew Wilson
Variant Cover Artist: Inhyuk Lee
What You Need to Know: Carol has been through the wringer lately. Her Kree Heritage was outed to the Public, Aliens invaded Earth (again) and all that lead to her discovering she had a half-sister; The Kree Accuser Lauri-Ell. Then, she broke up with James Rhodes after a traumatic Glimpse of his potential future family but with he came to her rescue in a fight with the Super Villain Ove, they were able to make up. Now that the two have rekindled their romance, Carol and Rhodney are in dire need of a vacation and with any luck, they’ll get an escape from all the Hero Business for a bit…right?
In This Issue: It’s Thursday and Carol and Rhodney are on a flight headed for their first vacation in ages and couldn’t be happier. Until the passengers on the plane recognize Carol as Captain Marvel and start a ruckus. While signing autographs, arguing about why they decided to take a plane when they could have just flown and trying not to get kicked off by an angry flight attendant; Carol’s half-sister Lauri-Ell appears on the plane. She has learned some unsettling news about their mother and with no other words needed, the 3 suit up and teleport off the plane. They arrive on Throneworld 2; the new home of the Kree/Skrull Alliance at a State-of-the-Art Lab Facility where their Mother’s DNA and that of other lost Kree Warriors are stored. A Facility like this that Lauri-Ell was grown. Seems some of the DNA of the Fallen Kree Warriors has been stolen from the lab, including some of their Mother’s. With no luck at the front door, they teleport inside the lab startling a lab assistant who spills some chemicals from fright. She flushes them into the Waste System, a Kree Micro-organism designed to eat Lab Waste…affectionately called “The Sludge”. The three immediately bet that this is what has been eating more than it should and head down to the sewers. Sure, enough they find The Sludge and try to talk to it when it tells them it is alive but to no luck as the creature transforms into Carol’s old friend Captain Mar-Vel. It also starts to try to corrupt Rhodney’s suit and Lauri-Ell’s hammer but with some quick thinking, Rhodney pops out and Carol blasts the sludge off both items. The gang are able to extract the Sludge and are sent into 72 hours of Quarantine. Once out the couple finally get to have their vacation, all be it on the roof a building in New York, but at least it’s something. Unlike the Small remnants of Sludge that seems to be meeting with an unknown person about what excellent work it just did.
This is one of those light-hearted little interludes before a bigger problem is surely coming. While it’s a breath of fresh air to everything dark that has just happened to Carol, it’s still an interesting set up to the next arc. There were definitely a lot of funnier lines and moments then action in this issue and that’s just as ok. The scene with the two superheros on the plane surrounded by fans had me chuckling because it’s a totally realistic scenario for the two to be in and it shows that they just want to be as normal as possible. Even Lauri-Ell came out with some funny banter and that’s all thanks to writer Kelly Thompson keeping it real.