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The Life of Captain Marvel

(The Life of Captain Marvel #1-5)

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  1,516 ratings  ·  241 reviews
She's one of the mightiest heroes not just on Earth, but in the entire galaxy! Now learn exactly how Carol Danvers became the woman she is - the Avenger she is - in the definitive origin of Captain Marvel! When sudden, crippling anxiety attacks sideline Carol in the middle of a fight, she finds herself reliving memories of a life she thought was far behind her. You can't o ...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published February 19th 2019 by Marvel
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Mar 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2019
Good God, that was awful. The Marvel dumpster fire is at it again. Why would you retcon the origin of a character right as their movie is coming out? "Hey, all you first time readers who think Captain Marvel is cool not that you saw her badass self on the big screen. Let me show you how everything we just showed you in the movie is wrong."

This wasn't just a poor business decision, the writing is terrible. It's filled with this half-ass family drama that can't seem to stick to a single thread. Fi
May 21, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"Just breathe, Carol. This is . . . too much. My family's tripping me out, Chewie." -- Carol "Captain Marvel" Danvers, speaking to her pet Flerken (or is she giving an opinion on the book's storyline?)

By the rating it's obvious that I didn't think this was a particularly great volume, especially when stuck in the shadow of her big-screen debut two months ago. (Maybe that's an unfair apples vs. oranges comparison, but still . . . the movie version hit mostly the right notes while this unrelated b
Jan 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: marvel, comics, 1-star
Marvel's bizarre character assassination of Carol Danvers continues with this absolutely abysmal retcon of her origin story. What was that shit and who needed this to exist?! I feel like I've watched a particularly terrible episode of a daytime soap opera. As if Carol's personal story needed any more artificially added trauma and melodrama, she now also has Crippling Anxiety Attacks® and a history of Childhood Abuse™️, something young adult writers seem to have a major hard-on for. I'm so tired ...more
Chelsea 🏳️‍🌈
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I've read some bad 'Captain Marvel' comics, but 'The Life of Captain Marvel' is the first to be rated one star by me. Because it pissed me off that much.

These recent Marvel comics to feature Carol Danvers have been part of a cycle of disappointments and disasters, barely avoiding a black hole, and I feel I can't remain silent about it. After Margaret Stohl's disappointing 'The Mighty Captain Marvel, Vol. 1: Alien Nation' from two years previously, I thought I would not be hyped by a new Carol st
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
This was my first intro into Capt Marvel. Not sure it was the best place. Interesting back story but was a little bored at places. The villain was overly cliched.
Dec 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics-marvel
This is a garbage fire from start to finish.

It's so poorly written that it verges on incoherent. Much like Stohl's previous run on Captain Marvel, this book is painfully clunky, poorly-paced and heavy on the cringe. Every single character is bland and unlikeable.

I've seen this story praised for showing Carol's 'humanity' and 'vulnerability', and certainly I think that's what Stohl is aiming for. But the emotional moments are almost all unearned, characters flailing around and screaming and cryin
Wing Kee
Jan 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
A bad bad bad cliched riddled piece of unnecessary retcon

World: The art is okay, it’s nothing special but it is the best thing about the series and that’s saying a lot. The world buildilng, where do I even start. Yes there is a movie coming, yes Marvel is trying to distance Carol Danvers from Hal Jordan Green Lantern but wow this retcon of Carol’s origins is making things just so much worse. Carol has been a problem within Marvel for a while, her origins and her run as Ms. Marvel is iconic...lik
Mar 30, 2020 added it
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I know very little about Captain Marvel, but by the end of this book I don't know how to feel about Captain Marvel (view spoiler)...

PS: the artwork is lovely, though.
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
There's a definite challenge to retconning a character's back story, one that this book falls prey to. I'm not overly familiar with Captain Marvel's history, but what this story does to her origin seems to me to weaken the character. The story is also focused on relationship issues, with abuse, adultery, crippling injury and teen angst all coming into play, although to her credit Margaret Stohl does manage to subvert some of the tropes. But by recasting Carol Danvers' history in this manner, it ...more
I have a confession that I hope Gabe never reads:
Up until Miss Marvel (Kamala Khan) was released, I didn't know Miss Marvel and Captain Marvel were two different people. I thought the one just grew up to be the other and I only thought that after I found out Captain Marvel is a woman.

Obviously, I know nothing about Captain Marvel, or didn't before I read this. Now I know her backstory, mostly. I expect the upcoming movie will finish filling me in.

As a Marvel hero, Carol is ok, I guess. I didn't
Chris Lemmerman
Another movie, another origin retcon. Is it necessary? Probably not. Was it entertaining? Yeah, I think so. Does it add anything to Carol's origin? ...Yes, but.

The Life Of Captain Marvel plays out in an unexpected way. After the events of her previous series, Carol retires to her hometown for some R&R, only to uncover some family secrets that turn her life upside down, especially when a Kree tracker arrives to hunt her down - or so she thinks. Each issue has a little flashback sequence by other
Mar 22, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The secret origins of Captain Marvel's mum, revealed!
This volume is an excellent and revealing character study, I really enjoyed it.
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I'll admit I elected to read this (in digital floppy format) in advance of the movie, because I was of the mind that Marvel might use this mini-series to "clear the decks" for whatever they do with the character post movie release (DC does the same thing see the recent Aquaman mini reboot).

With minimal knowledge of attempts to make the character relevant the past couple of years, because let's be honest Marvel has an even worse track record, IMO, than DC is launching and continuing female led se
James DeSantis
May 17, 2019 rated it liked it
So this is a book for people who never really read much Captain Marvel. Which actually works for me because only read few volumes here and there.

So Carol is doing her Avenger thing, kicking butt, when she starts to have panic attacks about her past. To face your fears might be the only solution. So she heads back to her little old town to visit friends and family. Try to face the reality of her abusive father and her upbringing. In doing so she finds out some insane secrets about her mother but
Apr 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Basically, a revamp of Capt. Marvel's origin story.
kristen ♡
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, 2019
just realized i never wrote a review for this comic so maybe rtc. i will say being from new england i loved some of the cameos of locations and the dialog is soooo good i read it in a new england accent :,)
Feb 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
Honestly? This is pretty much a sappy version of Superman's story, felt like watching an episode of Dr. Phil, but with superheroes, not really my thing, it doesn't help that I find the whole Kree lore extremely boring, they're intergalactic soldiers and they like to fight, the end.
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun read and a good retelling of her origin.
i am not super familiar with Carol's origin story, so i liked this? the art was pretty and i love mother daughter fighting bonding time
Omg this was a mess
Kristen Wallo
Mar 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first captain marvel graphic novel and I loved it! I can't wait to read more about her.
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, marvel-comics
My rating is a bit unusual this time. I am giving this book 4 stars because it contains 5 issues and I really loved 4 of them. The last one... doesn't sit well with me for some reasons. I tried to really think it over why but somehow it just didn't work with me. Compared to the previous four, it was too fast. It wanted a huge conclusion but it was too big with everything happening and things kind of fell apart instead of getting together. Somehow it lost all the weight it had. And believe me, I ...more
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the reasons I love comics and particularly superhero comics is how elastic they are. Will it be popcorn fun? Or a weighty discussion or a topic? Or both? Will it be about saving one kid from a snatcher? Or an entire city? Or the galaxy?

This volume takes Earth's Mightiest Hero and gives her panic attacks. It revisits her troubled childhood and opens a new dimension to her past. A fun, lowkey book with all the feels. If you enjoyed the movie, this is a great starting point before leaping in
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
okay, a lot of people are complaining about this retcon, but i have many reasons as to why i adore it.

1. in ms. marvel vol.1, carol struggles with her identity and taking on mar-vell's namesake. she's constantly pushing herself to the brink to try to prove to herself and everyone that she's worthy of the title. ESPECIALLY considering mar-vell is the reason she had her powers in the first place. also the literary subtext of her initially having black-out spells and not even realizing she IS ms.
Sara Bakhshi
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Liked it so much cause it showed more of her human side
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So we have finally gotten to the retconning of Carol Danvers' story...
Awesome! And dare I say again, finally!

Carol's story before was one that was annoying to swallow because it was one that we've heard for female characters many times before.
1) Gaining powers similar to/or because of a man
2) Skimpy outfits
3) And sexual assault

But in this comic, Margaret Stohl gives Carol's story a more concise, more palatable, and way more powerful beginning. Carol finds her way home and learns more about h
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Margaret Stohl is the #1 New York Times, PW, USA Today, LA Times and Internationally bestselling co-author or author of twelve books, including the BEAUTIFUL CREATURES NOVELS, the DANGEROUS CREATURES NOVELS, the ICONS NOVELS, MARVEL'S BLACK WIDOW NOVELS, ROYCE ROLLS & CATS VS ROBOTS THIS IS WAR (forthcoming!) She writes the MIGHTY CAPTAIN MARVEL comic for Marvel Comics (ongoing) and has contribute ...more

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