Friday, May 15, 2015

Captain Marvel #14 (HERE BE SPOILERS!)

The only thing that the Black Vortex seems capable of doing is turning good writers into mediocre ones and bad ones into terrible ones.

(Sorry.  Between "Convergence" and this event, I'm just tired of DC and Marvel churning out shitty comics and making me pay for them.)

Overall, this story is fine.  Carol grabbed the Vortex at the end of "Cyclops" #12 and she's en route to Spartax so that Kitty can use the Vortex (somehow) to de-amberize it.  Fine.  But, DeConnick is clearly phoning in this issue, because we've got a number of internally inconsistent moments.  The best example is Carol declaring that Thane can no longer amberize anyone simply by pointing at them; he has to actually touch them.  First, it makes no sense that the Vortex would somehow make Thane less powerful.  It's supposed to remove inhibitions, not impose them.  But, Carol also knows better.  Does she really think that Thane touched everyone on Spartax to turn them into amber?  Carol eventually realizes her "mistake," but, to me, it's all just DeConnick thinking, "Blah blah blah, another cross-over event that they're making me do, blah blah blah."

I could point out other problems, but, honestly, I'd really just as soon forget this issue happened so that we can happily return to our regularly scheduled programming next issue.  I'm giving it two stars because DeConnick does what Layman failed to do in "Cyclops" #12, namely use the Vortex as a way for Carol to contemplate her past sins (as Binary) and realize that she's moved past the point that she needs that much power to do good and win fights.  If we had more of those moments in this event, maybe I wouldn't be waiting so impatiently for it to end.

** (two of five stars)

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