The Truth Will Kind of Set You Free? (Captain Marvel #20 Comic Review)
Accused: Part Three
Writer: Kelly Thompson
Artist: Cory Smith
Cover Artist: Jorge Molina
Variant Cover: Jeff Dekal
What you Need to Know: Captain Marvel is now the Supreme Accuser of the Kree/Skrull Empire and a key part of the New Empire’s fight against the Alien Cotati. Between the main battle, Emperor Hulking tasked Captain Marvel with another mission: to accuse and presumably execute a Kree Soldier who seems to have orchestrated the massacre of a Sanctuary city for Kree/Skrull. But when she confronted the soldier, named Lauri-Ell, her hammer gave her a vision that revealed this woman was Carol’s Half Sister. But what the Hammer would NOT reveal was the real perpetrator of the Mass Murder. Lauri-Ell insists her innocence and Carol has to buy time to learn the truth, so she brings her sister to Earth while she seeks answers from the hammer. Unfortunately, the Universal Weapon has not been very forth coming and Carol can’t help but feel that perhaps the hammer is not as pure as she thought. With a little help from Doctor Strange, she splits the hammer into four parts, granting one each to the most trust worthy people she knows; War Machine, Hazmat and Spider-Woman.
In This Issue: Inside Carol’s apartment, Hazmat, Spider-Woman and War Machine are introduced to her new sister Lauri-Ell who seems to have no problem answering their odd questions. Carol pulls her aside to give her a device that will contact her is there is an Emergency. Which of course isn’t easy to explain to Lauri-Ell but she trusts Carol’s decision despite having her own feelings about the hammer. And she regrets not being able to help more but at least her friends will be there before the Kree find out what they did and murder them all horribly. Which Carol may or may not have let them know about. Once on her ship, Captain Marvel gets in touch with Emperor Hulking asking to see him privately as soon as he can, preferably without an audience. When he does, he is happy no one else is with him to see what Captain Marvel has done to the hammers but understands the decision and hopes it will her find the true criminal. Captain Marvel mentions that she might have a lead that Hulking is actually able to help her with and the two agree: Dr. Walter S. Lawson A.K.A Wastrel is their culprit. Back on the Planet of Mar-Da’En, the team decide to stay together but are separated immediately by Wastrel’s Robots intent on destroying the group. Each are easily able to take their opponents out with their new hammers but leave it to Captain Marvel to find Wastrel and his main robot. Together, they use their hammers to take him down and show them the truth about what happened to the City which shows Wastrel is their Accused. Back on Earth, Lauri-Ell is experiencing reality television for the first time with Chewie and not appreciating it. But she is interrupted by a knock on the door and decides this might qualify as an Emergency.
This issue moves pretty fast as far getting the story through and it’s a bit disappointing to me. Now remember, there is a war going on so we have to get through this side story quick but with all the buildup about the explosion and her sister and the hammer. . . the culprit and fight scenes were too quick for me. Drawn wonderfully and each person’s dialogue was a delight that perfectly matched their character. But again, I was hoping for a little bit more of a fight. At least there is going to be a little more of the Lauri-Elle and Carol story to keep me going while Empyre is happening. Not to mention the whole splitting the hammer thing probably won’t go well in the future issues.
Summary Captain Marvel may be the Supreme Accuser, but now she has help in trying to solve the Mass Murder of innocent Kree/Skrull people. She is more determined then ever to clear her half-sister's name but are their new powers enough?