Reignite Hope With ‘Captain Marvel: The End’ #1

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead
The year is 2051 and Captain Marvel is defending a faraway planet from an invading monster. After defeating the beast, she returns to her ship and receives a message on her old Avengers communicator. This is a shock as all life on Earth was wiped out years before while Carol was off-world. Regardless, Carol goes home and it turns out there were survivors, including Spider-Woman, her son, Hazmat, Emma Frost, Molly Hayes, Armor, Fuse, and the daughter of Rogue. They found a place underground where they could survive, though it takes a lot of work. Hazmat has to absorb and expel residual radiation. They called Captain Marvel home to help with a monster that’s taken up residence in the city. However, that’s not the only problem. Our sun was extinguished by the same cataclysm which killed our world.

Captain Marvel: The End #1 cover by Rahzzah
Captain Marvel: The End #1 cover by Rahzzah

Captain Marvel: The End #1 brings a spacefaring Carol Danvers back home for one last adventure. She finds that many of her old friends are still alive, and they need help only Captain Marvel can bring.
Given that this is another The End one-shot, Carol doesn’t make it out of this one. It’s tone as akin to the Miles Morales: The End issue. It’s not a tragic end but a hopeful one. Carol gives the human race and her friends one last shot at survival, even if her friends don’t want her to go.
Captain Marvel: The End #1 art by Carmen Carnero, David Curiel, and letterer VC's Travis Lanham
Captain Marvel: The End #1 art by Carmen Carnero, David Curiel, and letterer VC’s Travis Lanham

Carmen Carnero makes this another gorgeous adventure for Carol Danvers. The futuristic redesign for Captain Marvel looks excellent, and the action sequences are enjoyable. David Curiel provides an explosive color palette, ensuring that Carol Danvers has a vibrant sendoff.
Captain Marvel: The End #1 is an entertaining and fairly emotional final adventure for Earth’s Mightiest Hero. We get to watch her have a tearful reunion with Spider-Woman, Hazmat, and others, and we get to see Carol lay it all on the line for Earth one final time. It’s a good read and easily earns a recommendation. Check it out.
Captain Marvel: The End #1 comes to us from writer Kelly Thompson, artist Carmen Carnero, color artist David Curiel, letterer VC’s Travis Lanham, cover artist Rahzzah, and variant cover artist Peach Momoko.
Final Score: 8/10

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