CoverCaptain Marvel #5
Published by Marvel Comics, May 2000
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"Visit to an Even Smaller Planet"

Writer: Peter David
Penciler: James Fry
Art Assistant: Frank Strom
Inker: Walden Wong
Colorist: Steve Oliff
Letterer: RS & Comicraft's Wes Abbott
Editor: Tom Brevoort
Editor in Chief: Bob Harras

Cover by Chriscross

Original Price: $2.50

History Behind Issue: Continues from issue #4 and guest stars Moondragon and Drax.


Drax the Despot? In the aftermath of last month's clash, Captain Marvel and Drax the Destroyer find themselves transported to a familiar spot in the Marvel Universe -- one where Drax is worshipped as a god, and Genis is considered a villain. And to make matters worse, Drax is slowly becoming more and more stupid -- not to mention more violent. Meanwhile, Rick Jones is stuck dealing with Moondragon.

Issue Synopsis by James "Marvelite" Pedrick:

Continued from last issue, the story begins with Drax and Captain Marvel lying unconscious on a planet, when some completely-covered inhabitants of the planet come and take Drax way, thinking he is Hulk. They leave Captain Marvel, thinking the desert will kill him.

Meanwhile, Moondragon is trying to get Rick Jones to clash the nega-bands together to bring back Genis and Drax. He refuses to and finally stops Moondragon by channeling energy from the nega-bands, then tying her up and forcing her to listen to earth music.

Elsewhere, Kelly, from last issue, is seeing a psychiatrist. She says the serpent-looking figure is an alien (see issues #0-1), but that everything will be destroyed not be the alien, but by her. He thinks she’s crazy, but when her eyes turn white and her entire body turns into a blue-starry complexion (similar to Captain Marvel’s), she tells him he now knows she’s not crazy and if he tells anyone what he saw, they’d think he was.

Back with Rick and Moondragon, Genis communicates to Rick and they both agree that while one is on earth, the other must not be in the Negative Zone but elsewhere (otherwise Genis would have died last issue when Drax broke the nullfield.)

Captain Marvel then travels the planet, where he runs into a creature, but successfully breaks free. While back on earth, Marlo is showering when she sees (and hears) the ghost of Lorraine. The sight causes her to fall over and makes her believe she is losing her mind.

Back on the other planet, Drax is visited by the green-skinned soldiers that saved him. They refer to him as the Hulk and take him to Visalia, the sister of Jarella, who was involved with the Hulk in earlier Peter David issues. Drax tries to explain he is not Hulk, but she stops him from doing so with a kiss.

Moondragon, on earth, then convinces Rick and Genis to find Drax, her father. He does so, but only finds Drax, dressed in that civilization’s style of armor and standing beside his new love interest.

Preview of Issue #6:

As if Rick Jones and Captain Marvel didn't have enough to worry about with Cosmic Awareness malfunctions, the overbearing Moonstone, and the poltergeist haunting Marlo, now enter Commander Rann, Marionette and Bug -- the heroes of the MicroverseClick here to read our review of issue #6!

Review by James "Marvelite" Pedrick:

This issue was a bit of a let down compared to the past issues.   James Fry's art was all right, but lacking when it comes to drawing the Silver Surfer.  The humor didn't quite seem as clever either.  Still, the issue was all right and the series is still promising.  But I think we need to stop with the guest artists.

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Guest artist James Fry's Captain Marvel doesn't quite compare with Chriscross's or Ron Lim's.
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Peter David keeps the Marlo Jones/Lorraine aspect of the story going.
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Drax gets special treatment, when he is mistaken as Hulk.
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Who is Kelly?!  What is her connection with the aliens in issues #0-1?   And how does she plan on destroying everything?
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Drax gets a new outfit... and a new woman!


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