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.
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.
Issues: Captain Marvel #1 to #7
Writer: Kelly Sue Deconnick
Artist: Dexter Soy & Emma Rios
"In Pursuit of Flight" sees Carol Danvers referring to herself as Captain Marvel for the first time. She gets thrown back in time to World War II in the Pacific Front. She not only has to find a way back to her own time, but she has to stop Helen Cobbs from interfering with her own origin story when Cobbs makes moves to take the powers of the Psyche-Magnitron for herself.
Once again, we find Carol Danvers in a new series, which makes this a significant story-arc to read. With so many names attributed to her, it was important for the character to finally "come out" as Captain Marvel and with a recap/threat against her very origin, we not only see her in action, we get to see her origin story retold in a unique way.
Issues: Ms. Marvel #1
Writer: Chris Claremont & Jim Mooney
Artist: Gerry Conway, John Buscema, Sal Buscema, & John Romita
Carol Danvers' first book featuring her as Ms. Marvel starts with her arrival in New York City to begin a new job editing a woman's magazine for J. Jonah Jameson. Unfortunately, she has to deal with severe headaches and blackouts but Ms. Marvel takes on the Scorpion after he comes after her new boss.
This was the first true adventure that exposed readers to the powers of Carol Danvers' Ms. Marvel. As the character developed, the stories from these early books helped to develop a background used to further strengthen the character as one of Marvel's best. Ms. Marvel #1 is highly collectable, not only for being the first issue in a series, but for also being a pivotal book in Carol Danvers' entire library of comics.
Issues: Captain Marvel #1 to #6
Writer: Kelly DeConnick
Artist: David Lopez
Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel is on the way to starting out her new life with a new love interest when she takes on a mission to return a young alien girl to her homeworld. She soon finds herself in the middle of an uprising against the Galactic Alliance and uncovers a sinister plot. She soon learns the leader of the plot is someone from her past who tries to blackmail her...
As her storyline progresses, Carol Danvers' Captain Marvel finds herself outside of Earth and dealing with some serious cosmic threats. This story-arc starts the process of transitioning from being one of Earth's Mightiest Heroes and instead working as an Astronomical Hero whose playground becomes the entire cosmos. Much of the Captain Marvel and Ms. Marvel books printed through the '90s and beyond dive into the character's evolution and a lot of that starts right here.