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The Life and Death of Captain Marvel (Marvel Comics) Paperback – June 1, 2002

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics (June 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785108378
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785108375
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By D. Hill on February 9, 2004
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Don't believe the review that complained this book is an uncomfortable mix. The first half of the story is actually the highlight, teeming with energy, while Captain Marvel's death is, as you might imagine, quite depressing. This storyline is the one that started Jim Starlin's long career doing cosmic epics, and it is almost impossible to underestimate how important it was at the time. It starts out simply, in a couple of issues of Iron Man,where he stumbles upon creatures from space called the Blood Brothers, building nice suspense until it reveals Thanos, the Mad Titan. What follows is an imaginative space opera that was one of the great highlights of comic in the 70's, featuring characters like the the Controller, Drax the Destroyer and Eon, who grants Mar-vell cosmic awareness, a character that has to be seen to be believed. The passions and motives of the characters here almost leap off the page. First, there is Thanos, who wants to deliver all the universe to death, his mistress (who's identity, familiar to everyone now, is kept a secret to the end here). Then, there is Drax, the Destroyer, who hates Thanos and wants him dead at any cost, consumed by an insane passion. And then, there is Mar-vell, trying to make sense of it all, and not only trying to figure out what Thanos is up to, but trying to help the Titans, stop Thanos and save the universe. The final battle, where Mar-vell tries to destroy the cosmic cube, is some of the greatest graphic storytelling ever seen in comics.
The second part of this story is seen in Starlin's next work, Adam Warlock (hopefully that gets a decent treatment, too, someday).
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By OAKSHAMAN VINE VOICE on April 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
Unlike Superman, there was no miraculous return from the grave for Captain Marvel. Nor did Marvel die a heroic death in battle while saving the universe. But then he didn't need to, for he had already fought that great battle- against Thanos, the Titan who had become God Himself, and who sought to deliver the totality of Creation unto Death Herself....

No, Captain Marvel had already fought his great battles and was enjoying the hard-won fruits of semi-retirement. He had finally found the peace, and the love, that had eluded him for so long. And then he was diagnosed with what is known on Titan as Inner Decay, and among the Kree as Blackend- and on Earth as... Cancer.

Yet, the Captain faced this last foe with courage and dignity that put the rest of the Marvel Universe to shame. Hero after hero, from Captain America to Thor, came to wonder at the dignity and nobility with which the Captain faced a foe that could not be defeated. No, Marvel wasn't tired of living- he made that abundantly clear- but when he knew his time was done he accepted it. Not only that, he made sure that the comrades and loved ones around him accepted- and learned- from his example.

Of course, in a way, Marvel was the best prepared of any of the heroes for this final journey. After all, the bombastic Captain Mar-vell, super-soldier of the mighty Kree Empire had died once before- to be reborn as Captain Marvel, the cosmically conscious warrior champion of the entire universe. This was because Mar-vell had faced death once before with pride and power and ego- and he had failed.... After that, he was taken to a place beyond space and time by the being named Eon.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 4, 2002
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This compilation is an enjoyable treat for all Starlin fans. "The Life" portion focuses on Captain Marvel's evolution and the reader is treated to the issue in which Eon grants CM his "cosmic awareness." Issues center around an epic battle with Thanos (as always seeking to woo Lady Feath). Throw in the Cosmic Cube, the Avengers, Rick Jones and Titan's favorites (Eros, Mentor and Moondragon), and you've got a cosmic melee on the grandest of scales. Ten issues of CM (and related titles) are included in this section on CM's "Life" with classic art as only Starlin can draw.
"The Death of CM" is also included in full, Marvel's very first trade paperback, in which the powerful CM is forced to battle cancer, a foe he cannnot use his warrior prowess against, even as he reflects on his life and mortality. All in all, "Life and Death" is an enjoyable read, and an excellent bargain for the price. A great compilation for all CM and Thanos fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Gagnon on October 21, 2007
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Long before DC shocked the world with "the Death of Superman" or "The broken Batman" Marvel produced this gripping graphic novel. To avoid any confusion this is a tale of Marvel's original Captain Marvel created in 1968, not to be confused with today's Captain Marvel or the character published by DC also known as Shazam.

In this story our hero Captain Marvel has fought bravely to defend Earth and our solar system more times than can be counted. Mar-Vell (his real name) has found that most of his enemies are now dead, or have joined the side of the good. Mar-Vell now finds himself able to enjoy a status of semi-retirement and move to the planet Titan to be with the love of his life, Elysius.

One of Captain Marvel's primary villains is Thanos who is now apparently dead, entombed in stone. One of Marvel's final tasks is to travel to Thanos's starship and reclaim his body for proper burial. The Captain is accompanied by Thanos's brother Starfox and his father Mentor. The trio quickly find themselves under attack from a mad cult bent of the worship of their dead leader, and after the skirmish it becomes apparent that Mar-Vell is seriously ill.

What really sets this one apart is that there is no built up villain, no new rogue with incomprehensible powers. Captain Marvel has cancer. With all of his vaunted powers and those of his friends they are powerless to fight THIS type of enemy. The cancer was caused by Marvel's exposure to a carcinogen while defending the Earth in the past. Although his powerful nega bands kept the cancer at bay, it also caused the cancer to mutate into something untreatable.

Mentor assembles the universes greatest minds. People like Dr. Strange, Mr.
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