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The Life of Captain Marvel

(The Life of Captain Marvel #1-5)

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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  799 ratings  ·  145 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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Chad
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
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Artemy
Jan 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: comics, 1-star, marvel
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 o ...more
Artemis
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
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Chelsea
Mar 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Roy
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.
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
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Cale
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
Erica
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
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Lesia Melnyk
Надихнувшись переглядом фільму, захотілося дізнатися більше про героїню.

Ці випуски рекомендовано до прочитання, якщо бажаєте познайомитися з історією Капітана Марвел у хронологічному порядку.

Тут ми дізнаємося про привидів минулого Керол та її справжню сутність, їі родину та друзів дитинства.

І, враховуючи, що про Капітана до цього я знала дуже мало, цей комікс привніс мені зрив мозку одним несподіваним фактом 🤯

Але без спойлерів. Без спойлерів 😅
Jess
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
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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 ot
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Andrea Vega
I kinda liked it. I kinda didn't.

Muy buena historia de daddy issues y mommy issues en 120 páginas, sólo creo que hay partes que traicionan el origen de Carol. But anyways, eso me pasa por leer lo que se me ponga enfrente, luego me encuentro con cosas que no están tan chidas.
Dan
Apr 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Basically, a revamp of Capt. Marvel's origin story.
Christoph
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
„This is how my story begins.
How all stories begin.
With a family.“

Okay, längere Zeit hab ich einen Bogen um dieses Buch gemacht, weniger wegen dem Buch selbst, eher weil dann immer wieder was interessanteres aufgetaucht ist ... und weil ich mit Captain Marvel bisher wenig anfangen konnte.

Tja, dann kam der Film, den ich letzte Woche gesehen habe und sofort griff ich zu.

Erwartet man eine typische Origin Story, dann wird man auf jeden Fall enttäuscht. Besteht die Hoffnung auf ein fulminantes Space-
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Café de Tinta
Esperaba mucho más de este álbum, aunque resulta interesante tener esta perspectiva de la historia del origen de la Capitana y el dibujo además es muy chulo. Sería un 3'5.
Guilherme Smee
Eu havia lido algumas críticas negativas sobre esse quadrinho por aí, mas DÁ LICENÇA... Eu sou fã da Carol Danvers desde criancinha e defenderei sua honra com a minha vida... Hã, ok, não precisa exagerar, só defenderei sua honra, a vida deixa pra mim... Eu conheço bastante da trajetória da personagem para saber que Margareth Stohl orquestrou uma bela mudança na sua origem e cânone. E que fique bem claro que isso foi uma decisão da Marvel em função do filme que vem aí e não da escritora. Ela soub ...more
Marco
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
Disappointing.
Filip
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.
Alan
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
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Brandon
Mar 22, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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ellis
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
Scott
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun read and a good retelling of her origin.
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.
Viktoria
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
Jason
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
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Sara Bakhshi
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic, marvel, superhero
Liked it so much cause it showed more of her human side
Leo McBride
I picked this up for free as an Amazon Prime borrow - so I can at least be glad I didn't spend any money on it, which is a good thing.

After all, what did Captain Marvel need as her movie was heading to the screens? A retcon! No, no, she did not need that. And yet here it is.

Once more the story of Captain Marvel has been messed with, and c'mon, surely Carol Danvers has had enough of a messed-up journey to deal with. From being Ms Marvel, through losing her powers, becoming Binary, back to Ms Ma
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Liz Ogle
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's no secret that I love Marvel and I love Captain Marvel. If you've been within five feet of me or have spent at least five minutes on my blog you know how obsessed I am right now. I waited "patiently" for my turn to read The Life of Captain Marvel and thought I would devour it in one sitting. That surprisingly wasn't the case.

I know a lot of people have issues with this book. Some people really don't vibe well with Carol having an abusive past, and that being a main focus of her story here.
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Garrett
Is it a retcon? If it is, it's meant to be a definitive retcon, and I think, an aligning of MCU-to-come Carol with standard 616 Carol. (Are we still doing that? Is it still the 616?) If this were coming out not in the context of a new movie, it would still be a welcome fix-and-straighten of Carol's jacked up origin story. It's good. It's well put-together and fits within the Marvel Universe without screwing up anything that's gone before, and in fact, provides additional dimension and depth to t ...more
Emmanuel Nevers
Feb 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I need to preface this review by saying Carol Danvers is my all time favorite Female Superhero!! That being said I thoroughly enjoyed this story. I've never read a more personal story dealing with her family and a family secret Carol didn't know about. Another thing I enjoyed was this story brought back her long hair, mostly because of circumstance, but none the less I've always preferred her with the long flowing hair as opposed to the much shorter hair she has been toting for the last few year ...more
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