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The Best Captain Marvel Storylines in Comics

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If you stayed until the end of Avengers: Infinity War, you know there may only be one hero yet to be seen who could save the universe from the threat imposed by Thanos. Captain Marvel is one of the most powerful characters in Marvel Comics and she has been around since 1968. Since that time, there have been some incredibly Captain Marvel storylines, which have taken the character from Earth to cosmic destinations across the galaxy.

Over the years, she has been known by many names including Carol Danvers, Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, Binary, and Warbird, but whatever name she goes by, she stands above most and could even be the most powerful member of the Avengers. She has teamed up with the likes of Spider-Man and even Deadpool over the years making her a rather interesting character. With so many Captain Marvel stories crossing numerous story arcs through one-shot issues and graphic novels, there are plenty to choose from as the very best. This list covers the very best Captain Marvel story arcs Marvel has published since the character debuted in 1968, so check those essential comic books covering Captain Marvel's greatest feats.

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  • Issues: Captain Marvel #18

    Writer: Roy Thomas 

    Artist: Gil Kane, John Buscema, John Romita, Dan Adkins, & Sam Rosen

    Carol Danvers has been kidnapped to a Kree outpost and must be rescued by Captain Marvel. During the battle with Yon-Rogg and the Mandroid, Carol is hit with a laser blast by Yon-Rogg that knocks her unconscious. She is rescued by Captain Marvel, but has her genetic makeup altered by the Kree Psyche-Magnitron. The alterations allow her to gain the powers she would later use as Ms. Marvel.

    This was the book that transformed Carol Danvers into Captain Marvel, which makes it stand out in her long library of comics. The battle between Yon-Rogg and the subsequent altering of her DNA by the Psyche-Magnitron would come into play numerous times throughout her superhero career. Everything points back to this one issue making it an important part of any collector's library.

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  • IssuesMs. Marvel #47-50

    Writer: Brian Reed

    Artist: Mark Robinson,‎ Sana Takeda

    After the War of the Marvels, Carol Danvers finds herself dealing with a situation of her own making. She promised our Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man she would go out with him! While dealing with that, she is confronted by Mystique, the woman who raised Rogue who stole powers and memories. What will happen when she is confronted by the Mutant shapeshifter and how will she handle Spider-Man?

    Carol Danvers is on the upper-level scale of superheroes, but this book just goes to show she doesn't have a problem mixing with those less powerful than herself. This isn't the first time she teamed up with the Wall-crawler, but it is one of the most humorous. 

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  • IssuesMs. Marvel #31-34, Ms. Marvel Special: Storyteller, and Ms. Marvel Annual #1

    Writer: Brian Reed

    Artist: Marcos Marz,‎ Paulo Siqueira,‎ Frank Martin Jr.

    Following the events of "Secret Invasion", Carol Danvers runs into Gavin, the Storyteller who has the ability to reshape the world in whatever image he desires. Dark secrets are revealed and Ms. Marvel meets up with Spider-Man once more when the pair must work together to stop Manhattan from being destroyed.

    Seeing as this story-arc follows the events of "Secret Invasion," it is one of those that takes a less dark approach tot he character. Carol Danvers definitely has her highs and lows as she evolves as a character and the "Secret Invasion" crossover event truly took its toll on the heroine. Any time she teams up with Spider-Man, the readers get a bit of a break from the more serious stuff while also enjoying what inevitably turns out to be an excellent read.

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  • IssuesMs. Marvel #42-46

    Writer: Brian Reed

    Artist: Sana Takeda,‎ Sergio Ariño,‎ Phil Briones

    Karla Sofen is the new Ms. Marvel who finds herself embroiled in the "War of the Marvels" when the previously believed Carol Danvers miraculously returns from the dead. Danvers isn't pleased to learn that the former villain, Moonstone, has taken over her mantle and they come head-to-head alongside Catherine Donovan to determine who will stand above the rest as the real Ms. Marvel.

    Seeing as Carol Danvers was pushed aside by the machinations of Norman Osborne who replaced her as Ms. Marvel with a former enemy, it's no wonder she didn't take it well. There was little more she could do other than return to battle her enemy and set the record straight on exactly who the real Ms. Marvel is in the Marvel Universe. 

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