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Wednesday, August 05, 2020 

Giving Carol Danvers a "sister" doesn't improve the dire situation if she's still a Kree

Polygon's posted another of their sugary takes on new comics of the week, and here it's the 18th issue of the umpteenth Capt. Marvel series, where hints of their negative view on patriotism seep in:
It’s been a busy few years for Captain Marvel, and I’m not talking about her movie. A little while ago she found out that her mother was secretly a Kree defector, rewriting the origin of her superpowers from a chance encounter with an alien warrior to her earned birthright.

But being publicly outed as half alien hasn’t always been easy for Carol Danvers. The US military certainly wasn’t pleased at the revelation that their former officer was a descendant of a war-mongering space empire. And now she’ll probably be in trouble with another jingoistic empire: The combined Kree-Skrull armada.

But what’s a person to do when the accused war criminal you’ve been sent to execute turns out to be your half-sister?
And what's a person to make of the insinuation that patriotism is bad, and that the Kree-Skrull both represent it? This is terrible, but not unlike Polygon, to use such leftist tactics. And Marvel under C.B. Cebulski still goes by the forced and contrived canon that Carol's really an alien, all because it wouldn't be right for her to get her powers from a man like Mar-Vell, huh? It doesn't sound like the US army fares much better here either.
See, Carol also just took over Ronan the Accuser’s job (and his hammer), as the Judge Dredd of the Kree empire. And she’s definitely shirking that duty by hiding her sister, Lauri-Ell. (Look, all Kree names are just like that.) Lauri-Ell has been accused of destroying an entire city of innocent civilians, but she maintains her innocence. Seems like a real conundrum for our dear Captain.
Turning Carol into a variation on Dredd isn't appealing either, and is no better than how she was depicted during Civil War. But that's Marvel for you these days, having destroyed all that made their universe work in the first place as far back as 2 decades ago, and merging with the Disney corporation only made things worse. Only if Marvel were ever purchased by a smaller company not focused solely on movie material would it be possible to mend any of this.

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