Writer Kelly Sue DeConnick
Art David Lopez
Color Art Lee Loughridge
Letterer VC’s Joe Caramagna
Black Vortex, Chapter Eleven
This is my first comic written by Comics Should Be Good’s Top Female Comic Book Writer, chosen by us, the fans. Which is pretty exciting. Kitty barely got a mention in Cyclops 12, but her name was said by Captain Marvel, so we should be seeing Kitty in this issue. At the very least, Carol should mention her again.
It took me a while to figure out what is happening on that cover. At first, I thought maybe it was two cosmic fingers grabbing Carol. it wan’t until I walked away from the cover and came back that I caught it in the corner of my eye. The Captain Marvel behind Carol, is grabbing Carol, those two giant fingers are the Captain’s arms. Am I the only one who had troubles figuring that out?
Like the Cyclops issue that preceded it, DeConnick doesn’t waste time with any plotpoints from issue 13, this issue stands completely outside of the series proper but perfectly inside of Black Vortex.
In Cyclops 12, Carol grabbed the Black Vortex from Cyclops and she is on her way to Spartax as Kitty has a plan.
A year ago, apparently, Carol made a promise to herself to find her limitations. She compares herself to a mustang, but with the Black Vortex, she could be a Maserati.
Which I’m not a car guy – like, at all – but I have been under the impression that a Mustang was one of the higher quality vehicles with a few above it like a Rolls Royce and a Bentley
They look like very fancy silver cars to me.
That thread has a decent conversation regarding the two. The main thing is that Mustangs are American and are nearly fifty thousand dollar cars and Maseratis are Italian and are a hundred thousand dollar cars.
So I get the metaphor that Carol is going for.
Before I get too far along, can you believe that this is the eight volume of “Captain Marvel,” good grief! I imagine this has to be one of the longer runs of the title.
Carol is flying as hard as she can, as Gara, the last Viscardi, is after her so that Gara can destroy the Black Vortex.
Carol is okay with destroying it but Kitty needs to save Spartax so billions of lives are at stake. To make matters worst, the Slaughter Lords are after Carol as well. It is so good to read a comic with her in it again, I miss her from the Busiek run of Avengers and the Claremont X-Men days prior to that.
Carol loses the mirror as she is blasted from behind. Thane takes off after the cosmic mirror. Captain Marvel keeps it away from Thane but she gets his power set backwards. Prior to his cosmic upgrade, he had to touch you to hurt you, now he can just amber blast you from a distance.
J’Son gets ahead of Captain Marvel. Editor Sufferin’ Sana Amanat reminds us that these two met up before in issue six – thanks! J’Son and Captain Marvel trade some quips before J’Son’s space whale slash ship arrives. Captain Marvel crashes inside the fortress and now J’Son has the advantage.
J’Son pulls out a ball that creates an image of five additional hims. Which is weird that this works, as can’t Carol just zap all six of them and figure it out?
Captain Marvel gets in front of the Black Vortex and is tempted to submit and get a massive upgrade but refuses. Thane finally catches up and lands. The Ebony Maw convinces him to take out both of them and he tries. Captain Marvel dodges and J’Son doesn’t so he is covered in amber.
Gara lands next to Thane and knocks him out. Gara tries to talk to Carol but she has a mission to achieve.
So the two big bads that started this crossover are out of action. Carol returns to flying to Spartax, for Kitty, and Gara is back to being on Carol’s heels.
Pretty decent issue! Next issue is the pentlultimate issue of Black Vortex in the pages of Legendary Star Lord 11!
In Captain Marvel 15, Carol is back to Earth, apparently! I guess she may be out of Guardians of the Galaxy too? She could be in both titles, probably be easier that way, DeConnick can tell some Earth based stories and Bendis can tell his space stories with her, fans will just have to decided that one adventure takes place over one weekend and the other adventure on a different weekend – or something.