- File Size: 96326 KB
- Print Length: 128 pages
- Publisher: Marvel (October 7, 2014)
- Publication Date: October 7, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ZNZLJES
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Marvel Graphic Novel #1: The Death of Captain Marvel Kindle & comiXology
|Length: 128 pages|
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The Death of Captain Marvel is the exception: a powerful, moving story about a hero realizing the limitations of his own power and learning to accept that his time in this world is really coming to an end. It is beautifully drawn and extraordinarily well-written. Even those not familiar with the character will be touched, I think.
Purportedly the top guys at Marvel Comics decided to kill off the Captain Marvel character, which had never been a big seller, in favor of a new version and asked Starlin, who had done a highly regarded run with the character in the 70s, to do it. The expectation was that Captain Marvel would die saving the universe in some epic battle for the company's new Graphical novel series.
Starlin took a completely different and much more sober-minded route. While revisiting the site of one of his greatest battles the Captain collapses and later discovers that he has an advanced form of cancer. His super-powered friends begin work on a cure for him but Captain Marvel stoically realizes it may already be too late and begins tying up the loose ends of his life, visiting old friends and loves to break the news. Ironically many take the news worse than he does. Eventually he gets sicker and sicker and, surrounded by his friends, just passes away. The end.
It was jarring and unprecedented for comics then and still highly unusual today.
This version pads the book out with a story from the 70s Captain Marvel series that relates to how he got cancer in the first place as well as a pair of stories not written or drawn by Starlin that apparently came out just before the graphic novel. None of them are bad, but they don't have the heft or force of the main story.
This is a moving tale of a person who is preparing himself for the inevitable. Some of the greatest minds try to develop a cure but nothing works. As he gets closer to the end, he makes his farewells to friends and enemies alike.
This is a very human story even though most of the characters have superpowers. It just makes them seem like everybody else. Just an awesome story.
Do not expect a ton of action in this book. That's not what it's about. What it is about is the life and death of one of the greatest hero's in all the universe. Despite defeating monsters, aliens, psychopaths, and super villain, cancer is a menace Mar-Vell cannot defeat. As he looks back on his triumphs, his failures, his impact, and the friends and loved ones he leaves behind, we feel Mar-Vell's mortality, his confusion, his fear. It's incredibly moving, heartbreaking, and inspirational. Heroes and villains gather to say their farewells to the legendary Kree warrior, showcasing the different ways an individual deals with impending death of a loved one. These parts were especially heart wrenching.
I highly recommend this to anyone that hasn't yet read it, or for someone relatively new to comics to get a better idea of the legacy of a major character.
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I bought it when it first came out.
Marvels first "graphic novel".Read more