Monday, January 25, 2010

Captain Marvel #5 (of 5)

During Marvel's "Secret Invasion" event they threw a ton of mini-series and stand-alones at comic book collectors. Some comic books added to the overall story and other were just casual side stories designed to capitalize on an event's sales or highlight an up and coming artist or writer. The Captain Marvel mini was a mix of the latter and also a way to explain Marvel bringing back a classic character into normal continuity.

Captain Mar-Vell was a Marvel character who died many years ago. He was a Kree (alien race) soldier who possessed great powers and protected the Earth and the Marvel universe. He eventually developed a terminal cancer and died in the first Marvel large-format graphic novel, The Death of Captain Marvel. He was a very popular character in the early 70's for Marvel comics. Marvel created several different Captain Marvels after Mar-Vell's death, but none had the same star power (so to speak).

In Captain Marvel #5 (of 5), the return of this classic character is explained in a way only comics can. In a nutshell...The Captain Marvel that actually returned was a shape shifted Skrull (arch enemy of the Kree) that was created as a sleeper cell to gain earth's trust and then strike when the Skulls intended. The Skrull's, Khn'nr, memory was stored away only to be triggered when he saw a certain image. But in the final stages of Khn'nr's creation he became conscious and broke out of his restraints before his memory trigger had been set in place. Thus, the new Captain Marvel thought he was the original Captain Marvel and would never revert back to his real Skrull memories. Got it? Feel free to re-read that.

Brian Reed writes a fun journey through the mind of a lost legend. Discovering Captain Marvel's true self takes us through a faith filled adventure. His God like presence and resurrection sparks a group of followers wanting to believe in something eternal.

The historic imagery (which triggers some sort of memory reaction...which the Skrulls implimented) used throughout this book and series includes: "Alexander Entering Babylon", Garden Path at Giverny", The Mona Lisa", The Potato Eaters", and "A Sunday On La Grande Jatte." Any book that can fit these clasical works into a comic book with little green men (the Skrulls) is always deserving to be the comic of the day.

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