Captain Marvel: StarForce On The Rise – Book Review

The Centum books that tie into the new Marvel Studios film releases have allowed fans to get more information on the build-up to these big events. Captain Marvel: Starforce On The Rise focuses on some of Vers adventures during her time with StarForce, acting as a prequel to the Captain Marvel movie released earlier this year.

Before Carol Danvers was Captain Marvel, she was Vers, a member of the elite Kree StarForce. StarForce is comprised of Vers, Yon-Rogg, Korath, Att-Lass, Bron Char and Minn-Erva. This group of formidable warriors with their individual sets of skills come together in order to fight the shapeshifting Skrulls across the galaxy. The group are sent on a mission by the Kree Supreme Intelligence that challenges Vers’s beliefs and has her raising questions.

The first part of the book sees Carol and Minn-Erva sent to Aphos Prime to investigate a possible sighting of Skrulls. There isn’t much of an insight into the Kree and Skrull population; it primarily focuses on the soldiers fighting one another. Both sides have been fighting for decades and the Kree hate the Skrulls more than anything in the galaxy.

Vers and Minn-Erva are very different in terms of their personalities, and Vers’ bold nature makes it hard for Minn-Erva to relate. But after spending several missions together, Minn-Erva finds herself slowly finding a respect for Vers as seen throughout the story.

The second section of the book sees Starforce on a covert mission to the planet of Sy’gyl, which is under the control of Xandar. Historically, the Kree and the Xandarians were once at war, but peace was found between the two empires and the mission explored in the book is set prior to the peace between them. The mission has StarForce infiltrating a military outpost in an attempt to steal weapon plans. Due to a Skrull invasion, the mission takes a turn for the worst but Carol is able to complete her mission thanks to some sneaky dealings inside of Nova Corps.

This story is a reflection of how out of place Vers is with the rest of her team, especially considering she’s human, even if she doesn’t know it during the events of the story. The finest moments in the book are the interactions between the members of StarForce, the Kree, and their foes and readers get to learn more about the members of StarForce and what makes the elite team so special.

Captain Marvel: Starforce On The Rise is a quick and easy read, and although it is a simple read this is far more than just a simple adventure story. It helps to add another layer to the ever growing Marvel Cinematic Universe as well as providing important character information, and insights into some of the themes of the movie.

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