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Marvel Comics Carol Danvers: From Binary To Warbird!

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Avid comic collector & fan for nearly twenty years, Vic started collecting comics around eight years old. Comic investing since the 2000s.

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Welcome back to this series about the Marvel Comics' comic character of Carol Danvers. In Part 1 to this article series, we discussed briefly of Carol Danvers debut in comics and how she goes from a non-powered supporting character to a super-hero starring in her own comic title.

If you missed that, click the link From Carol Danvers to Ms. Marvel Before Captain Marvel.

Now, most are only interested in Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel, but I think that is a mistake. Like every comic character, they go through twists and turns and evolve.

So we left off that Rogue had stolen Ms. Marvel's powers and part of her psyche. Carol Danvers would leave the Avengers and become a supporting character for the X-Men comics.

In Uncanny X-Men #163...

Panel from Uncanny X-Men #163

Panel from Uncanny X-Men #163

Panel from Uncanny X-Men #163

Panel from Uncanny X-Men #163

For those who have read my stuff before, you know how I do. Before Carol Danvers becomes Binary, Uncanny X-Men #163 has her captured by the Brood and subjected to some kind of modification.

After being rescued by Wolverine, it is hinted that she is quite different, and whatever the Brood did, she is altered into something else. Panels are above, and in the next issue, it's revealed what that treatment did to our hero.

Uncanny X-Men #164 - 1st Appearance As Binary

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Yes, it's in this issue where Carol Danvers would become the super-powered being called Binary. Her powers? Well, she could draw upon the white hole or basically the power of a star.

Why is this a big deal for Carol Danvers? Well, she would retain her Binary powers on a smaller scale after she becomes Captain Marvel, so it is a somewhat significant turn of events for the character.

Once again, she starts to feel odd and refers back to the weird treatment the Brood gave her in issue #163.

Panels from Uncanny X-Men #164

Panels from Uncanny X-Men #164

Panels from Uncanny X-Men #164

Panels from Uncanny X-Men #164

Panels from Uncanny X-Men #164. Debut of Carol Danvers as Binary

Panels from Uncanny X-Men #164. Debut of Carol Danvers as Binary

As Binary, Carol Danvers would have some adventures with the X-Men, but once again, the character of Rogue would alter the course of her life. Carol left the X-Men after Rogue was admitted to the team in Uncanny X-Men #171.

She would then have space adventures with the Starjammers and make sporadic appearances throughout the 80s and most of the 90s.

The Siege Perilous

Shortly after the Fall of the Mutants story line, an artifact known as the Siege Perilous is given to the X-Men. This mystical and magical artifact's powers is explained in the panels below.

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Around this time, Carol Danvers' persona began to manifest in Rogue. The physical Carol Danvers was still in space a long side the Starjammers. I know, and, yes, it's confusing.

When Mastermold and Nimrod merged together and battled the X-Men, Dazzler used the Siege Perilous to try to suck the Sentinel inside it. In the end, Rogue tried to push the mutant killer in, was captured, and Dazzler had to blast both of them.

Rogue was sucked into the Siege Perilous, and Carol Danvers' persona was created as a separate entity. Rogue ended up reborn in the Savage Land with Magneto and Carol ended up on Muir Island. Under the control of the Shadow King and because she was decomposing as there was only enough energy to sustain one life, the Carol Danvers persona is sent after Rogue.

Magneto ended up interjecting and killing the Carol Danvers entity.

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Operation Galactic Storm

In the 19 part comic book cross-over event - Operation: Galactic Storm - Carol Danvers returns to Earth and her powers as Binary is greatly reduced when saving the Earth's sun. As result, she lost her connection to the white hole but retained her energy manipulation and the ability to absorb energy on a much lower level.

Avengers #4 vol 3

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Debut as Warbird

With her powers reduced, Carol Danvers rejoins the Avengers in Avengers #4 of the 1998 comic series. While a new roster is being discussed, Beast conducts some tests on Carol and confirms that her powers have been greatly reduced (see panel below).

Thus, she struggles to come up with a new name since she can no longer be Binary. At the end of the issue, Cap finally announces the new roster and informs the public of her name change of Warbird.

Beast confirms that Carol Danvers' powers have been reduced and that she can no longer manifest into her Binary form. Thus, a new name is in order. (Panels from Avengers #4 1998).

Beast confirms that Carol Danvers' powers have been reduced and that she can no longer manifest into her Binary form. Thus, a new name is in order. (Panels from Avengers #4 1998).

Panel from Avengers #4 1998 series. Carol Danvers debuts as Warbird.

Panel from Avengers #4 1998 series. Carol Danvers debuts as Warbird.

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It is said that she did not retake her Ms. Marvel namesake back because Sharon Ventura had assumed that moniker by then, but I don't think Sharon was an active character at this time. Anyway, not the end of Carol Danvers' tale as she would later retake the name of Ms. Marvel and become the new Captain Marvel.

Be sure to check out Part 3 of this Marvel Carol Danvers series. Just click that orange link you passed up to teleport there. Thanks for reading and see ya soon.