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Captain Marvel #21

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 4 critic ratings.



The rise and fall of the Supreme Accuser. The end of a war, the end of an ERA…and the birth of an even more dangerous world. Carol Danvers must make a choice that will define her life and the lives of those closest to her.

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
23 pages
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4 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    There’s quite a bit at stake in Captain Marvel #21, what with the Skrull and Kree fighting a war and all, but honestly that’s not really why this issue is so damn entertaining. The credit for that goes to writer Kelly Thompson for conveying just how much of a blast Carol’s crew of heroes is having from one page to the next, and at times it seems effortless. This crew runs like a well-oiled machine, and if you were going to be a superhero with any group of heroes how could it not be these guys? Cap, Spider-Woman, Rhodey, and Hazmat are a delight, and adding Lauri-Ell to the mix only makes them more entertaining, so much so that you don’t mind that most of this issue is steeped in pure action. It helps that artist Cory Smith and colorist Tamra Bonvillain make those action sequences sing, with poster-worthy shots of the crew blasting foes with hammer that pop off the page.That said, there are some welcome story payoffs as well, including a quite sweet and touching moment between sisters that follows a promising new direction for Cap’s newfound sister. This rollercoaster ride of an arc not only introduced a delightful new character into Carol’s world but also found a way to make a tie-in more rewarding than the series it tied into, and what a joyful ride it’s been.

  • 80

    Comic Crusaders

    I haven’t minded this little arc. As I am not reading Empyre, I was a little concerned that these would be lame duck issues. With Thompson introducing Lauri-Ell, she has given us a sort of “Carol-by-proxy” to keep the readers entertained, whilst Carol is doing her war stuff off panel. A surprisingly well executed arc. Well done.

  • 80

    But Why Tho?

    With Captain Marvel #21 Carol’s battle through the Empyre storyline comes to a close. It successfully delivers a strong finish to this narrative diversion. And while it could’ve been just that, a diversion, it instead managed to deliver yet another promising character we can add to the already sterling line up of support players to Carol’s story.

  • 50

    You Don't Read Comics

    The end of the Empyre event feels like a relief because the tie-in issues haven’t been as interesting as other arcs have been. What kept this arc from completely falling flat was the introduction of Lauri-ell as a character, as well as the inclusion of Captain Marvel’s close friends War Machine, Hazmat, and Spider-Woman as Accusers. While it would be great to see those characters come back in future issues, hopefully, they won’t have the pressure of carrying the entire arc on their shoulders.

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