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‘Captain Marvel: Shadow Code’ is an Entertaining Superhero Escapade – Book Review

Everyone loves a thrilling mystery, especially when it fits side-by-side with impeccable action and character-building. Of course, it’s even better when Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel, is at the helm. Dealing with some family troubles of her own (which she’s been actively avoiding), Captain Marvel is tasked with a new mission when everyone’s favourite billionaire philanthropist, Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man, cryptically tells Carol that he requires her assistance ASAP.

Glad to escape from dealing with her issues, Carol joins Tony at a tech summit, where the pair have their eyes set on the head of DigiTech, a company whose resurgence has made them the most successful due to their revolutionary operating system (OS). Together, Carol and Tony must untangle this coded web alongside university student Mara, whose grandfather was the original creator of the code used for DigiTech’s OS and find out what DigiTech and its investors planned – who all seem to have shady motives. 

Captain Marvel - Shadow Code cover
(Courtesy of Titan Books)

With an attack on civilians and her best friend, Jessica Drew, a.k.a. Spider-Woman, being embroiled in all the madness, Carol has much investigating and punching. With fists flying and brains whirring, Captain Marvel is in for an important fight to help not only her friends but everyone on the planet with a device that uses DigiTech’s OS.

Gilly Segal’s Captain Marvel: Shadow Code is an entertaining read that easily joins mystery, sci-fi and action elements. Segal has created an intriguing story that shows Captain Marvel at her best. While the bulk of the story focuses on the mystery elements, drawing in the reader with a plethora of secrets, the action in the novel is rousing with solo fights and epic team-ups that feel like they’ve leapt from the pages of a comic book. There were also a lot of twists and turns to keep readers on their toes, which further added to the interesting read. Segal’s storytelling perfectly combines varying elements into a cohesive and fast-paced tale focused on character-driven plot points and creative action.

That said, the best part of this story is getting to know some of these characters on a more personal level. Readers will see more of the friendship between Carol and Jessica and Jessica’s toddler, Gerry. Despite these superheroes’ challenges, they always make time for the people they care about, so, seeing more of these characters’ personal lives and how they get through threats together made for a great read.

In Captain Marvel: Shadow Code, Segal crafts an exciting story that is a fun read for any fan of Carol Danvers and Marvel superheroes alike. If you want something to read to dive into Captain Marvel’s world, this novel should immediately be added to your TBR lists.

Captain Marvel: Shadow Code is available for purchase at your local book stores!

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