CAPTAIN MARVEL #1
One of my favorite Marvel NOW! titles was Captain Marvel, a series that embodied the idea of a human in a god's body and the day that it concluded was a dark day, but here we are and Captain Marvel has returned to us in a brand new series and everything was right with the world once again.
Writer Kelly Sue DeConnick is back with Carol Danvers, and proves once again why she was the perfect choice to write this character in the first place. DeConnick is a smart writer, who delivers such impeccably-written dialogue that it builds a story where the characters don't feel like props to the plot – they are the catalysts. What's interesting about this particular volume of Captain Marvel is that DeConnick appears to be building towards a sort of cosmic ensemble piece, which we get a brief tease of at the start. This will no doubt become the crux of the series' future, and it's exciting because it feels like Captain Marvel has been thrown into Star Wars. Readers that are jumping on board now might have some difficulty with some instances in the plot and the identity of some characters, but that doesn't diminish the quality of the work on display.
One of the coolest things about the previous volume of Captain Marvel was the rotating roster of artists that had elaborate and sometimes bizarre styles and sequences. This tactic has seemingly been traded in temporarily for the new series with artist David Lopez bringing art with a clear definition of realism. The crisp designs of the characters, coupled with the eye popping colors by Lee Loughridge, makes for one of the most visually appealing of Marvel's super hero comics. The pages aren't cluttered, the storytelling is precise, and the characters look amazing.
If you've never read a Captain Marvel comic, this is as good a place to start as any, even though it it a direct continuation of the previous series with little hand holding explaining the situation. DeConnick is one of the best writers at Marvel and she proves once again why with this. Her words with David Lopez's stellar art makes this a must buy.
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