“What Happens When You Make the Same Mistake 3 Times?” (Captain Marvel #27 Comic Review)
“Mistakes Were Made”
Writer: Kelly Thompson
Artist: David Lopez
Cover Artist: Marco Checchetto
Variant Cover Artists: Bernard Chang; Stephanie Hans
What You Need to Know: In the middle of a mission with Rhodey (a.k.a. War Machine) and some other teammates, Captain Marvel is magicked away to the Apocalyptic future of 2052. There, the child of Namor and the Enchantress; Ove ruled with an iron fist and kidnapped superheroes that survived for his own menacing purposes. Carol defeated Ove and his mother but not before he got away and came to Carol’s present timeline where he is waiting for the right moment. But Carol is haunted by those she couldn’t save and one perhaps she could. After fighting alongside Rhode’s future daughter, she broke up with him even though she is still in love with him. Now newly single, Carol is dealing with the emotional trauma that comes with seeing the end of the world, watching her friends die, and losing a love she thought would last forever.
In this Issue: It’s been 12 days since Carol broke up with Rhodey and she’s. . . handling it as well as one an expect. Her best friend Jess is calling for the umptieth time and Carol can’t even bother to get out of bed to answer, just listen to the usual message. The only thing that gets her out of bed is when Jess, dressed as Spider-Woman comes crashing through her window to check that Carol isn’t decomposing in her bathroom or at the bottom of a bottle. Jess convinces Carol to help her fight off giant cat monsters merged with angry snakes and ridden by sexy wizards terrorizing the park thinking this might be a good thing for her. After the fight, Carol does start to feel better and realizing that perhaps getting back to fighting is just the thing to get her out of her funk. But soon she is fighting every day without a break, prompting Jess to drop in again through Carol’s window. This time in a very sexy outfit and with reinforcements at the door in the form of dressing up Monica Rambeau and Jennifer Takeda. Last to arrive is Carol’s half-sister Lauri-Ell ready for Carol’s “pity party” which is just another term for taking Carol “Speed Dating.” It doesn’t take a detective to figure out how well this goes for Carol or “Susan” as she calls herself and before she can murder any of her wannabe suiter’s the Sexy Wizards riding Mutant Snake Cats arrive. Carol immediately transforms into Captain Marvel and takes out her aggression on the bad guys successfully sending them back to where ever they belong. But turns out all her friends except Jess have left figuring they don’t need to or perhaps can’t help her and let Carol handle her feelings on her own. That same night, Carol decides to go to a bar in Hell’s Kitchen to think, and drink alone. But turns out, she isn’t the only superhero that’s having a rough day and could use a drink or two. Or to chat all night and decide that ending up in bed together the next morning was a big mistake… or was it?
Breaking up with someone is never a good time for anyone. Especially when it comes during the height of your relationship where everything is fine and out of nowhere. And despite if you are a regular person or a superhero, it still fragging stinks. Let’s face it, everyone has their own way of dealing with breakups and I very much enjoy watching Carol go through the way of dealing. This is one of those refreshing filler issues after such a dark arch prior for fans to just take a breath. It’s funny but also totally relatable for female readers (I myself questioned just how relatable this issue was to me) because we’ve all had that breakup where we hide in bed for a few days and don’t care how we smell. It makes sense too that once Carol gets out of bed she would use fighting as a way to deal until girlfriends intervene. Again, all relatable in a weird way. I especially enjoyed the speed dating mostly because those are totally the guys that one finds when trying to get back into the dating game. They may seem like stereotypical nerds, tough guys, and misogynistic characters but I assure you. . those guys exist. As usual, Kelly Thompson’s writing doesn’t hesitate to be funny, relatable, and serious all at once. Let’s also note that while I wasn’t expecting THAT particular Marvel character to show up at the Bar with Carol, it wasn’t hard to see where it was going between them. I also totally ship them the more I reread the issue and am excited to see where this next story arch is going to take them. The art was a little different from what I’m used to but to be fair I got really comfortable with Lee Garbett’s style. Not that beloved Captain Marvel veteran artist David Lopez is bad oh no-no-no. Just took a few pages to get back into it as I’m sure you will too.
Summary Carol is single but is she ready to mingle? With her recent breakup and traumatizing experience in the Apocalyptic Future Carol isn't really ready to do much. But when you're one of the Avenger's, can't stay hiding in bed for long without punching SOMETHING. . . or can you?