I have to admit, I didn't read the last Captain Marvel though I know I SHOULD have.
I am the well read comic book reader who, well… needs to read an incredibly good Captain Marvel run (just ask Fred), who knows the reputation that proceeds Kelly Sue Deconnick but hasn’t experienced it. Between Captain Marvel’s initial 17-issue run and Kelly Sue’s current run on Avengers Assemble she’s had some good momentum at Marvel. So when Marvel NOW made way for All-New Marvel Now titles, and we were given a well-publicized Ms. Marvel featuring an Iranian girl, but not immediately Carol Danvers, people worried that the Captain Marvel costume by Mckelvie would only be seen in Avengers titles.
But no, it’s a relaunch and the proceeding anxiety about the future of that character, that helps spotlight just how many people care about a specific superhero.
Like Captain Marvel for instance: a premiere Marvel hero and for good reason, as shown by this book itself. Kelly Sue DeConnick does an excellent job in introducing Carol Danvers as a character along with her new status quo, just enough to make it interesting though still not enough to let us know exactly what’s happening… and that’s alright, that’s par for ‘Six Weeks Ago’ within the book. I wasn’t familiar with the old status quo but I still enjoyed it. DeConnick establishes strong personalities, and is quite nicely assisted by David Lopez on art.
With variant covers by John Cassady, Leinil Yu, and Skottie Young, you KNOW that Marvel has some confidence in this book, both in their push behind it, and in Lopez as an artist not to be left behind. Lopez creates a strong but likeable Captain Marvel in his line work, while also getting to have fun with a bit of Iron Patriot/Iron Man work. And whether it’s the coolest headquarters in comics, the Statue of Liberty, or what will no doubt be a multitude of alien worlds, Lopez puts you there and populates the worlds with a visually interesting cast of characters. Lee Loughridge on color, feels almost as important on the art side of things… making the action pop and putting focus within the chaos of the issues early fight scenes. We’re given New York City at night, and a sun drenched outer world more fitted to Firefly, and we are THERE.
For what I know about Captain Marvel, a lot of her current storylines, and the push of the character is centered around Danvers finding herself, getting a semblence of purpose. It's been centered around fluxuating powers for years but now that she's got a kick-ass costume (take notes DC) that empowers in favor of sexualizing, and full ownership of the Captain Marvel mantle... it's time to become the hero the universe needs.
I’m excited to see her within the Guardians of the Galaxy, and where her newest story takes her in the outer reaches of space with an all-new cast of characters, because I really do think “these ARE the droids you’re looking for”, readers.
(and, also, it feels good to be back to reviewing again)
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