Carol Danvers is one in every of my favourite Marvel characters. Her shift from Ms. Marvel to Captain Marvel has helped elevate her character into one of many prime tier Marvel characters, a spot she has earned. Kelly Sue DeConnick’s nice run particularly went a great distance in establishing Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel. With that stated the previous few years haven’t been sort Carol Danvers. The roles she has been positioned in for numerous Marvel occasions and her current solo comics, together with The Lifetime of Captain Marvel, have been extraordinarily disappointing. However now with a serious stay-motion film starring Brie Larson as Carol Danvers popping out in a number of months this can be a good time for Captain Marvel and followers to get a recent begin. That’s precisely what Captain Marvel #1 must be with Kelly Thompson, one in every of my favourite new writers in Marvel’s expertise roster, on the helm.
Author: Kelly Thompson
Artist: Carmen Carnero
Colorist: Tamra Bonvillain
Story Score: 7 Night time Women out of 10
Artwork Score: eight Night time Women out of 10
General Score: 7.5 Night time Women out of 10
Synopsis: In Decrease Manhattan Captain Marvel and Spider-Lady (Jessica Drew) group-as much as cease a monster wreaking havoc on the town. They’re able to drive the monster into the ocean. Sadly within the midst of that the monster grabs an harmless woman standing close by. Captain Marvel acts shortly by diving after the monster and saving the woman from being eaten, stopping the monster’s rampage within the course of.
As Captain Marvel and Spider-Lady speak about how you can clear up the ocean from the monster’s stays Tony’s Iron Man armor fleet. After some small speak Tony says he’ll see Captain Marvel later.
As soon as Iron Man’s armor fleet leaves with the monster Captain Marvel reveals to Spider-Lady that she has been ignoring Tony’s request to satisfy-up however can’t ignore it anymore.
Somewhat later Carol meets with Tony over at Stark Limitless’s headquarters. Tony tells Carol that the Avengers need her again on the staff now that she is completed together with her sabbatical. Carol says she is certainly again on the group.
Tony then asks her to do an interview, which the remainder of the Avengers elected her to do. Carol rejects that. Tony tells Carol that they want her to due to the time they’re dwelling in means they should form it into one thing constructive to make individuals really feel protected.
He goes on to say that folks see Carol as an unknown as a result of most of her adventures are in area, one thing the general public has no concept what they’re about. Carol lastly agrees to do the interview.
Whereas they stroll round Tony asks Carol for an additional favor. Tony reveals that Hazmat (Jennifer Takeda) has come to Stark Limitless for assist however hates him so he thought Carol would do properly in being her mentor. Carol watches one among Hazmat’s coaching periods, which ends together with her writing “Iron Man You Suck” on the bottom. Carol agrees to mentor Hazmat.
Tony introduces Carol to Jennifer and leaves them to speak.
Carol asks Jennifer why she got here to Stark Limitless. Jennifer reveals she is simply utilizing Tony for his tech as her powers have been uncontrolled so he constructed her a brand new go well with to assist. Carol says she understands what it means to have hassle with powers and gives to assist Jennifer out. Jennifer questions her motives however Carol says she goes to assist her it doesn’t matter what.
James Rhodes abruptly seems and Carol instantly apologizes for not being in touch. Jennifer senses the awkwardness within the room so she decides to go away them alone whereas agreeing to Carol’s mentorship.
Now alone Carol admits she is glad that Rhodey is just not lifeless anymore as a result of his demise broke her. Rhodey says he’s completely happy to be again and asks Carol to go on a stroll with him.
Somewhat later Carol and Rhodey catch up whereas consuming dinner, with Rhodey mentioning the brand new tank armor he’s piloting. Carol jokes about what Rhodey’s new superhero identify must be. As they commute Carol checks her telephone as she is frightened that Jessica hasn’t contacted her on an replace to a state of affairs in Roosevelt Island. She decides to place her telephone away to proceed having fun with her time with Rhodey.
As they lean in for a kiss they’re interrupted by Ripley Ryan, a author for Ms. Journal, who’s doing the interview Tony talked about. She shortly apologizes for interrupting however Carol simply blames Tony for it.
They stroll out of the restaurant to speak concerning the interview. Ripley says she is writing a bit referred to as “Day In The Life Of Captain Marvel.”
All of a sudden Carol is attacked by the Nuclear Man, who sends her right into a constructing. Rhodey calls Tony for again-up as Carol shortly modifications into her Captain Marvel gear and begins preventing Nuclear Man.
Captain Marvel is ready to knock Nuclear Man out fast by smashing him into the bottom.
Captain America, Iron Man and Thor to answer the scene. As Captain Marvel talks to them Nuclear Man recovers and instantly blasts everybody again together with his Will-Weakening Ray. Captain Marvel tries to assault him however Nuclear Man shortly knocks her again.
Nuclear Man decides to go away. Earlier than he does he grabs Ripley as his “prize” and goes by means of a portal that leads right into a submit-apocalyptic metropolis. Captain Marvel shortly enters the portal earlier than it near attempt to save Ripley. Iron Man, Thor and Captain America attempt to comply with her however the portal closes earlier than they will attain it.
Thor wonders what Captain Marvel should cope with now. Rhodey says to not fear as Captain Marvel will defeat Nuclear Man earlier than they will even work out easy methods to open a brand new portal to get her again.
Elsewhere Captain Marvel, Spider-Lady, Hazmat and others are proven in new gear prepared for a battle. Finish of challenge
The Good: Captain Marvel #1 does a great job appearing as a reset level for Carol Danvers. This difficulty is all about giving Carol a recent begin coming off her sabbatical The Lifetime of Captain Marvel. In that method Kelly Thompson succeeds in ensuring to provide Carol a recent start line for herself and new readers approaching board with Captain Marvel #1.
Proper out of the gate Thompson begins Captain Marvel #1 on the suitable notice by reminding readers of Carol Danvers evolution. That first web page displaying the varied appears and energy degree Carol has had through the years is an effective observe to followers, each new and previous, that she is a personality with a wealthy historical past. Like Spider-Man and Iron Man, all of these eras for Carol has helped outline her as she has taken over as Captain Marvel and made that position her personal.
From there Thompson shortly reminds us why Carol is a superb character by putting in a state of affairs she is greatest in as she works shortly to cease an alien monster. This main battle helped showcase Carol’s energy degree as Captain Marvel alongside together with her fast considering in the midst of battle. Her fast considering made the second the place she instantly dove into the monster’s mouth to save lots of the younger woman an enormous second. That completely summarized who Carol is and arrange how she went after Nuclear Man as a way to save Ripley Ryan on the finish of this problem.
Establishing what sort of hero Carol is as Captain Marvel was properly balanced out with how Thompson highlighted her relationship together with her friends. Carol’s friendship with Jessica Drew was particularly refreshing. It’s a friendship we haven’t seen tapped into lots lately as Jessica Drew has pale into the background a bit the previous few years. Thompson does a very good job in addressing this reality and displaying how despite the fact that it had been some time Carol and Jessica don’t miss a beat in being a terrific duo. The convenience in how they teamed up and had an off-the-cuff dialog was the right option to present the reader their shut friendship. All of it got here off as pure like everytime you meet up with your greatest pal from school.
Balancing that shut friendship out is the one Carol has with Tony. Thompson does a superb job persevering with the animosity between the 2. On the similar time we’re seeing increasingly more indicators that Carol and Tony’s friendship is slowly being repaired, which is a vital factor for each characters. Tony being the one to succeed in is the proper transfer since he has instigated plenty of turns in his friendships through the years. By way of this Thompson is ready to paint Tony as somebody who’s searching for Carol as he does put her in a state of affairs, whereas she finds it annoying, may also help her in the long term re-set up her in the long term as Captain Marvel.
The opposite essential relationship that Thompson was sensible to highlight was the one between Carol and Rhodey. These two have been separated for a very long time due Rhodey’s demise throughout Civil Struggle II. Having a reunion between the 2 was one other good solution to present a unique aspect of Carol outdoors of being Captain Marvel. Regardless that it was robust to get again into the groove of their earlier relationship Thompson did an excellent job displaying that the spark between Carol and Rhodey nonetheless exists. As this new quantity of Captain Marvel continues I hope we see Carol’s relationship with Rhodey explored as a sub-plot alongside together with her friendship with Jessica Drew.
With all these relationships together with her friends established it was fascinating to see Thompson set Carol as much as even have a mentor position with Hazmat. This was an sudden transfer that matches properly with who Carol is. At this level Carol is one among a veteran hero who has been concerned in numerous main occasions and handled together with her altering energy ranges. That have positions her nicely for somebody like Hazmat whose character arc has been about her powers hindering how she interacts with others. With how Carol interacted with Hazmat in Captain Marvel #1 there’s sufficient potential proven that this could possibly be a enjoyable lengthy-time period sub-plot for this collection to discover.
With how Captain Marvel #1 was taking place the standard first situation superhero path I favored that Thompson threw us a curveball when it comes to course for the primary story arc. Instantly throwing Captain Marvel right into a submit-apocalyptic setting provides a special state of affairs to cope with that’s out of her consolation zone. It’s additionally a pleasant change of tempo from all the opposite superhero tales we’re getting in different Marvel comics.
Carmen Carnero delivered nice paintings all through Captain Marvel #1. From the motion to the speaking head scenes Carmen crammed the difficulty with a ton of power. Including in Tamra Bonvillain vibrant coloring made the motion scenes stand out much more. There was a transparent influence when punches have been thrown. The monster battle at first was notably properly achieved to create a robust begin to how the remainder of this concern will look.
The Dangerous: The one factor that of Captain Marvel #1 was using Nuclear Man. The character was simply one other generic villain who felt like a one-off antagonist moderately than a serious menace. A few of his dialogue additionally felt off as there was some extent when Nuclear Man is speaking about his Will Weaking-Ray that he simply makes a touch upon ladies that pushes Captain Marvel to energy previous it. It was the kind of dialogue that didn’t really feel wanted to provide Captain Marvel extra motivation to defeat Nuclear Man. It jogged my memory of old fashioned wrestling techniques of insulting an viewers to get low cost warmth for a heel.
General: Captain Marvel #1 accomplishes its objective of offering a recent leaping on level for brand spanking new and lengthy-time readers. Kelly Thompson identifies what makes Carol Danvers nice by highlighting her historical past and exploring a few of her most essential relationships. Whereas the generic villain Captain Marvel fights was disappointing the shift in setting offers an fascinating hook for the remainder of this story arc. In case you are somebody trying to get into who Carol Danvers is earlier than the film comes out I like to recommend giving Captain Marvel #1 a attempt.