By Brian Reed (writer), Lee Weeks (pencils), Stefano Gaudiano (inks), Jason Keith (colors)

This Captain Marvel mini-series is probably one of the best kept secrets of the year. I realize it’s now getting more attention, with its Secret Invasion tie-in, but it’s not just  relationship it shares with Marvel’s upcoming blockbuster that makes it so worthy, it’s the entire package. Lee Week’s art consistently dazzles the eye each issue, and Brian Reed does an excellent job juggling the various themes that make up this series. And this latest issue is no exception.

If you’re expecting Captain Marvel to be revealed as a Skrull, prepare to be disappointed. Reed does a nice job dancing around the idea, but doesn’t show us his hand just yet. Instead, we’re shown how Mar-Vell and Tony Stark react to this newly found (possible) revelation. On the other end of the spectrum, things finally come to a head with the Church of Hala. It almost seems too easy and predictable that Reed would give us the “evil cult gone bad” routine. But I gotta say, what he does with the Church in this issue is a nice twist – and an eye opener.

With one issue left in this series, I’m very, very eager to see how things will end. There’s still a lot left to be answered, so I hope we don’t get some kind of “To be continued in Secret Invasion” cliffhanger. I’ve never read a Captain Marvel comic before this series, so in my humble opinion, what Brian Reed and Lee Weeks have done with this series speaks volumes. Oh, and the variant cover by Terry Dodson is to die for.  (Grade: A-)

– J. Montes