The Life Of Captain Marvel #1

Writer: Margaret Stohl Artist: Carlos Pacheco Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: July 18, 2018 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 23 User Reviews: 37
8.1Critic Rating
7.1User Rating

Carol Danvers was just a girl from the Boston suburbs who loved science and the Red Sox until a chance encounter with a Kree hero gave her incredible super-powers. Now, she's a leader in the Avengers and the commander of Alpha Flight. But what if there were more to the story? When crippling anxiety attacks put her on the sidelines in the middle of a fight, Carol finds herself reliving memories of a life she thought was far behind her. You can't outrun where you're from - and sometimes, you HAVE to go home again. But there are skeletons in Captain Marvel's closet - and what she discovers will change more

  • 10 - Matthew Mueller Jul 18, 2018

    The Life of Captain Marvel seeks to not retell Carol Danvers' origin necessarily, but rather to enrich it while streamlining certain other aspects of it along the way. Fans of the character know that some of the most poignant and interesting elements of Carol's past involve her family, and in turn how she handles family conflict and baggage. Stohl uses that as a bedrock here, learning more about the hero we know and love by peeling back painful layers she's put to the side too long. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    The Fandom Post - Alex Henning Aug 2, 2018

    The dialogue feels real and the art is pretty to look at, so it's got that going for it too. This is a book I honestly think people should seek out and give a chance to, it may just surprise you. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse Jul 19, 2018

    I've owned this comic for about 6 hours and read it twice. If you want a little more depth to your super heroes, especially if you want to get to know Captain Marvel better then you should absolutely pick this up. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Heather Joy Jul 18, 2018

    Overall this book is relevant, insightful and so incredibly important. If you're looking for something different, and want your hero story served up with a little bit more “reality” then your search is over. Leaving the story on quite the cliffhanger, the wait for the next issue is going to be painful but considering how absolutely riveting issue number one has been, it will be well worth it. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicsverse - Maite Molina Jul 18, 2018

    THE LIFE OF CAPTAIN MARVEL #1 is gorgeous in its storytelling and its artwork. Fans of the iconic character as well as newcomers should do themselves a favor and read this story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Jul 20, 2018

    It's a rather melancholy beginning to the origin story, and I'm not exactly sure what happens at the end of this issue (I love a mystery!) - but it's a strong story unfolding and well worth tracking down. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jul 21, 2018

    The best thing about this first issue is that it allows the story to unfold. Stohl doesn't force moments. The narrative flows naturally from both the action to the emotional moments Carol has with her family. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Jul 18, 2018

    A strong start that has me more engrossed in the character than ever. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Jul 19, 2018

    The Life of Captain Marvel #1 is an emotional yet action-packed first foray into revisiting the youth and origins of Carol Danvers. The story is constructed and presented well, Carol is as awesome as ever, and the artwork is excellent. This one earns a recommendation with ease. Give it a read. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Graphic Policy - Ashley Leckwold Aug 19, 2018

    Margaret Stohls take on Captain Marvel has all been leading up to this moment and if the first issue of TheLife of Captain Marvelis any indication, it is the revamp/dissection has desperately needed for years. It just might be going in a different direction than any of us expected. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Charles Martin Jul 18, 2018

    The Life of Captain Marvel opens by yanking Carol Danvers out of the air and presenting her with formidable family challenges. We'll be getting back to the "pew pew" sooner rather than later, but first, Margaret Stohl takes a necessary and highly successful breather to rediscover some of Carol's core truths. Ably supported with top-tier art and demonstrating a level of insight that's been sorely lacking in Captain Marvel's solo comics for too long, this script lays the groundwork for something truly special. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - AJ Frost Jul 18, 2018

    I'll give this one a BUY, just because it does set up Captain Marvel in a way where readers not familiar with her can have an accessible and solid story to begin with. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    PopCultHQ - Christian Kern Jul 18, 2018

    As much as I haven't enjoyed Carol Danvers since her assuming the mantle of Captain Marvel, this book was really enjoyable. It's nice to read true origin stories for established characters. Sure, we know Captain Marvel's origin, but do we truly know Carol's origin? What makes Carol tick? I feel through this I may be able to understand Carol Danvers a lot better and perhaps understand these choices she has made in the last couple of years through a different set of eyes. Sure, these characters are fictional, but when you spend your entire life reading their adventures, you can't help but think of them as old friends and it's fun learning new things about old friends. Margaret Stohl is crafting a story about emotional pain, regret, baggage, and most of all a story about family. These are all concepts we can relate to. Heavy concepts which Stohl grounds within the fictional comic book world. Certainly a great combination of real life concepts and comic book action. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Roger Palmer Jul 21, 2018

    The Life Of Captain Marvel is a great book and I'm looking forward to reading the other issues in this series. The artwork is excellent and I enjoyed how this tries to show a more emotional aspect to Superheroes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    On Comics Ground - Christina Williams Jul 22, 2018

    Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, is back! Her new origin story is a tearjerker, and you're left wanting more. I'm excited to see what happens. I honestly didn't know how to feel when I heard she was getting yet another origin story. Well, let's just hope that this one sticks around and leads to more Carol comics without cancelation. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Jul 19, 2018

    I am a long-standing Carol Danvers fan and would hope that Marvel's fascination in making her their Wonder Woman finally hits it mark. Unfortunately, I don't think that goal will be achieved, especially as Marvel are already setting their sights and the readers expectation low by advertising what amounts to a term limit. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Weird Science - Andrew McAvoy Jul 23, 2018

    While I liked this book, in the comic environment of 2018 I can see how it will have the ability to divide fans. I suspect that how you ultimately feel about this book will depend on the level of action-packed material you want in your comics. I thought this opening issue focused on the personal family matters and I was okay with that. Others might not be, and that's entirely understandable. I do think it will have to be upped in terms of action for next issue. We shall see. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Epicstream - Brian McCormick Jul 20, 2018

    The story ends with a bit of an extraterrestrial twist, but other than that it reads like a Lifetime movie. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Jul 22, 2018

    The Life of Captain Marvel #1 was a solid, but flawed, beginning for the fresh start that Carol Danvers needed. There are definite problems with this issue but Margaret Stohl does set-up a foundation that makes readers interested in Captain Marvel be instantly invested in. Hopefully this character analysis of who Carol Danvers is fixes the problems and properly executes the more interesting plot points The Life of Captain Marvel #1 established. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Brandon J. Griffin Jul 19, 2018

    This issue wasn't great, just fine. That's the problem, Carol should be Marvel's female Superman and I don't think this is the time for this story if that's the goal. Captain Marvel has all the potential and characteristics needed to lead the way, just not the opportunity. It's taking so long to dig her out of this hole, with so many failed relaunches along the way. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 18, 2018

    The Life of Captain Marvel is a good starting point, even if it doesn't live up to its potential yet. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Jul 17, 2018

    As it stands, The Life of Captain Marvel continues the trend of failing to recapture what's compelling about Carol Danvers. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Kabooooom - Marcus Hammond Jul 18, 2018

    This is a bit of a rough start to the five-issue mini-series. Stohl, however, keeps things intriguing enough to make it worth continuing with the series. Even if the sloppy start turns some readers off, the combined artistic talents within the issue are well worth the price of admission. Stohl has proven shecan write Carol Danvers well in the past, so I'm willing to give the series more time to develop. Read Full Review

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