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Captain Marvel #49

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 6 critic ratings.


Captain Marvel, Spider-Woman, Hazmat and the X-Men’s mission to find Rogue and rescue Binary has technically been successful, and yet our heroes now find themselves in a worse position than ever, trapped at the mercy of a legion of Brood and a rogue Brood Empress.

The Brood has now pushed Carol Danvers to her limit not once, but twice. What it unlocked the first time helped make Carol the Captain Marvel she is today. What has it unlocked this time? And will anyone – including Carol – survive it?

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23 pages
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6 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Captain Marvel’s penultimate issue is finally here, and if this is a glimpse at what is in store for the 50th issue, I cannot imagine what fans are in for. Captain Marvel #49 brings “Revenge of the Brood” to an absurdly epic conclusion, but it also in many ways brings Carol and Rogue’s story full circle, and its impact on longtime fans can not be understated. Carol and Rogue have been through so much over the years, and to see how writer Kelly Thompson has woven their story throughout this run and to this impact point is truly impressive. That said, everyone has their part to play, and Thompson utilizes the extended X-Men cast expertly, while artist Sergio Davila, colorist Cecil De La Cruz, inkers Sean Parsons and Roberto Poggi, and letterer Clayton Cowles deliver a bombastic and bigger than life space battle that lives up to the high stakes. One two page spread is the embodiment of this, and yet even more impressive are the poignant moments of friendship and grief that anchor it all. Captain Marvel #49 is spectacular, and if issue #50 is this good, the series will cap off in sensational fashion.

  • 90


    Captain Marvel #49 finishes off the “Revenge of the Brood” arc in a way that is every bit as satisfying as you could imagine –and more. But the best part of issue #49 isn’t just that the Brood arc reaches its own epic conclusion, but it almost feels like a chapter in Carol and Rogue’s lives has been finally closed in a grand and meaningful way for both women.


    I’ve said it before, but the Brood arc crossing over with the X-Men is one of the highlights of the arc overall. Even if you didn’t know Thompson wrote for Rogue & Gambit, you could tell in these issues alone that her love for these characters is overwhelming. As an X-Men fan, I smiled so hard reading Jessica’s “nigh invulnerable” comment and seeing all these characters join up for this mission feels like every X-Men, Captain Marvel, and ’80s comic fan’s dream rolled into one. Everyone gets a moment to shine and it’s not just Carol who walks away with significant emotional development.

    The Brood arc was ultimately mishandled in X-Men and was a little underwhelming, but Captain Marvel is where all the action is. The last X-Men issue had a lot to say about the moral quandaries of eradicating the Brood — something the book takes a hard stance against — so it’s a little odd to see the players of that arc (minus Jean) in this book and Carol faced with eradicating the Brood but none of the moral questions present. It’s a bit uneven, but not on Captain Marvel‘s side.


    Sergio Dávila’s pencils bring this story to life and when the scene needs to be epic, it looks epic. When it needs to be heartwarming and sentimental, it does just that as well. Every inch of this story is brought to a new level by the artwork and together, Thompson and Dávila deliver a story that’s significant, awesome, and heartwarming.

  • 86

    Comic Watch

    It’s the end to the biggest Brood saga that we’ve had in years, but the ending just didn’t hit the way I was expecting it to. We still have one more issue to go, but I hope that this issue doesn’t have a negative impact on one of the strongest solo titles Marvel has had in years.

  • 85

    The Super Powered Fancast

    The Story: Thompson does a great job of not only showcasing how powerful and passionate Carol can be, but also revisits the dynamic between Rogue and Carol that has been in the background for a long time. The story has a great sense of scale as well as awesome action. There is some great character development throughout and you can feel the pain and loss Carol is going through within the story. I thought it was a great touch to have Rogue confront her own relationship with Carol as she tried to help bring her back from the edge.

    The Art: Davila delivers some beautifully detailed and epic action throughout the issue. The visuals truly capture the tension of moments as well as the danger to the characters.

  • 80


    With the shocking loss of Binary, saying that Carol Danvers is angry would be an understatement. With her rage and grief pushing her to a new level of power, Carol confronts the Brood Queen. Determined to end this confrontation (and the threat of the Brood) at all costs, this is one choice that she may not otherwise walk back from.

    The action and intensity are dialed up to 11 in this issue, with Thompson exploring the loss of Binary through several characters. Captain Marvel has always been strong, but Thompson does a good job of giving us a Carol that is fed up and ready to throw-down as a one-woman army. While there is no doubt that Carol will be able to handle this fight, the real battle for Carol is with her grief, and that is also well-conveyed in the way Thompson writes this story. I really enjoyed the interplay between Carol and Rogue, and the scene between them was a fantastic way to honor the history between the two characters while finding a satisfying conclusion to this epic confrontation.

    The art in this book is beautifully done, with some wonderful coloring on display. Dávila gives us expressive characters, with some great detailing. Parsons and Poggi, for their part, do a fantastic job with the use of color, highlighting various blast of energy and light helps each character shine in a fantastic two-page action shot. The only minor comment would be that characters in one or two distant backgrounds are slightly out of proportion, but I honestly only noticed it on a second reading as the characters in the foreground are done so well.

    Death is (hardly) ever permanent, so my only concern coming out of this issue would be if Binary is immediately brought back, the opportunity for the exploration of the emotional weight of this experience for Carol will be lost. I’m interested to see how Carol’s new power level shifts the dynamics between her and other cosmically-powered (or godly) beings in the Marvel universe, and look forward to seeing what’s in store for the character!

  • 70

    Comic Book Revolution

    Carol Danvers was shown stepping up and doing what she needed to do to put an end to the conflict with the Brood Empress. The ending could’ve been better if the Brood story running concurrently over in the X-Men series was integrated in a more seamless manner. The way Rogue played an important role in the story did help in making up for this. Overall, Captain Marvel #49 provided a satisfying conclusion to the “Revenge Of The Brood” storyline.

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