Review: Captain Marvel #1

CAPTAIN MARVEL #1 (KELLY SUE DeCONNICK: WRITER, DEXTER SOY: ARTIST)

A strong start for a strong character.

Let me start off by saying if you are looking for a new book, this is a fantastic one to pick up. You don’t have to know anything about the previous Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel a.k.a. Carol Danvers, or any other current Marvel comics either. This story is full of heart, humor, and a bunch of action.

We are introduced to our titular hero in the opening panel, while she is in mid-battle fighting alongside Captain America. A short while later Ms. Marvel is exchanging quips with Spider-Man. In just a few pages DeConnick has established that this is a strong character that has the respect of two of the most famous characters in comics. If you have a daughter or young cousin you want to introduce to comics and a strong, positive female character, then look no further than Captain Marvel.

This is a self-contained story, but it is a pretty powerful one focusing on Carol Danvers reluctance to take up the mantle of Captain Marvel. Although the reluctant hero may be the occasional comic cliche, DeConnick keeps it fresh. She gives us a nice emotional ride; providing some insight into who Carol Danvers is and what inspires her to be a champion of the people. At the end of 20 pages we know who this character is and we get to see some hefty evolution of the character as well. That, at the heart, is why this story is so fantastic. It’s character driven and leaves you wishing this was a bi-weekly book.

Dexter Soy’s contribution to this book is the icing on the cake. Add that to the already spectacular story and Captain Marvel has the making to be a phenomenal book. I for one, can’t wait for issue #2 and have this near the top of my most anticipated books.

Overall 10/10: A character driven story, full of emotion, coupled with fantastic art makes for one of the best single issues I have read in a long time.