Captain Marvel #12
Issue(s): Captain Marvel #12
Before he starts performing tasks for Zo, however, he gets to use his power to extract vengeance from Yon-Rogg for the death of Una (not that Yon-Rogg actually killed Una, but Mar-vell holds him responsible). Mar-vell teleports back to Earth (stopping briefly to visit Una's grave) and then arrives at Yon-Rogg's ship, using his newfound powers to wreak havoc and destroy the evil commander who lorded over him and caused the death of his beloved. Oh wait... That's not what happens. Instead Mar-vell teleports back to the hotel room where he's been staying as Walter Lawson, and starts reading the newspaper. And worrying about what the people at the rocket base will say about Lawson being MIA.
WHAT ARE YOU DOING, CAPTAIN MARVEL!? THAT MISSION IS OVER! YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE DR. LAWSON ANYMORE! GO FIGHT YON-ROGG!
Nope, it's a switch to civilian clothes and a trip to the Cape for the wrathful agent of Zo.
Meanwhile, the Black Widow is on a mission in the Caribbean.
We won't learn his identity in this issue, but the Widow's prey is the Mad Thinker. He activate a Man-Slayer robot to attack the rocket base.
Since Mar-vell is in his Lawson identity when the robot attacks, he has to use his power of illusion to distract the nearby guards. He chooses anti-NASA protestors.
I guess Mar-vell doesn't think much of hippies. This might also be the only actual use of Captain Marvel's illusion power.
Anyway, robot fight (This is at least the third robot that Captain Marvel has fought in his series).
Unbeknownst to Captain Marvel, it's actually the Black Widow who defeats the robot, by destroying the energy transmitter. She's subsequently captured by the Thinker's robot guards.
With the battle over, Mar-vell switches back to Lawson's identity but teleports away to avoid being interrogated, which he surely knew is what would happen if he went there as Lawson. Nevermind, though. This time, he's going after Yon-Rogg for real.
Next time: not for real.
One thing this issue has going for it: it's the first issue in the "Evil Alliance" informal crossover that runs through this title, Avengers, and Sub-Mariner.
Quality Rating: D+
Chronological Placement Considerations: I'm allowing Captain Marvel a little rest time on Zo's planet before the start of this issue. And while this issue ends with Captain Marvel seemingly teleporting away to confront Yon-Rogg directly, we'll learn that this isn't the case. The fate of the Black Widow is shown in Avengers #63.
Crossover: Evil Alliance
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (2): showBlack Widow, Captain Mar-vell, Carol Danvers, General Bridges, Hal Logan, Mad Thinker, Man-Slayer, Una, Yon-Rogg
Arnold Drake was also writing Nick Fury at this time and could easily have done some sort of crossover, but he didn't even try.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | January 6, 2013 7:22 PM
By jove, that first image of Mar-Vell taking off his mask... tell me he isn't the splitting image of VP Mike Pence???
The sound effects for that robot fight splash page are amazing.
Posted by: Wis | June 22, 2018 7:45 AM
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