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  • Series: Captain Marvel
  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785165495
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785165491
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,418 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My first Captain Marvel comic book, this is a female superhero.
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The story starts with a deep, rich character and builds her story from there.
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If you've never read a comic book before this is a good jumping on point.
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Tyler Johnson on January 1, 2013
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I'll admit, this series managed to slip under my radar. By the time I heard how amazing it was, the series was already eight issues in. Now that I have gotten a chance to read the first six, I will be getting this series pulled at my local comic shop, behind or not. Captain Marvel is a beautifully written, wonderfully drawn series, and this collection does a fantastic job of establishing it.

The series centers around Carol Danvers, the title character, whose lengthy back story is very helpfully detailed in the back of the book, as she begins to redefine herself. In the past, she has always gone by the name Ms. Marvel, but with a new costume, hair do, and attitude, she is trying to decided whether or not to take the name of the man who indirectly made her a super hero. From there, the story goes off in a satisfyingly surprising direction that I won't spoil for you, but rest assured, it is a lot of fun.

The art in the first half of the book is wildly different from the latter half, but both styles fit the story so well, and I was so enthralled by said story, it took me two read throughs to actually notice the change. Coming from a stickler like me, there can be no higher praise, to both the story and art. Many times, a change in art style can ruin a story midway, but thankfully that is not a problem here.

Lastly, I love this series because of how it portrays the character of Carol Danvers, specifically how it addresses the role of gender, by not addressing it. Carol Danvers is a military woman, and has been a hero since the seventies. Her abilities and leadership have never been in question, and they certainly aren't here. Captain Marvel doesn't come off as a female Super hero; just a super hero.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J.S. Lewis on January 18, 2013
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For all intents and purposes, this was my introduction to the character of Carol Danvers. Sure, I knew who she was and had seen her appear in other comics, but never before had I read a book that was solely about her. I gotta say, I'm happy that this was my first outing with Carol Danvers, the Marvel Universe's new Captain Marvel.

This book, which follows the former Ms. Marvel on a time traveling adventure, finds Captain Marvel teaming up with the all-female Banshee Squadron to fight the Prowlers during WWII. This story is touching and a ton of fun. Later in the volume, Carol meets a younger version of her hero, ace pilot Helen Cobb, and this part of the book ties up the whole time-traveling tale quite nicely. The art throughout the book is wonderful and dynamic. However, be forewarned: as great as that cover is, the art inside the book looks nothing like it. To break it down, issues 1-4 were drawn by Dexter Soy, while the last two issues were done by Emma Rios. In the same manner, the covers for the first 4 chapters and the covers for the last 2 chapters were drawn by different artists. Each of these styles is their own, and brilliant in their own way.

Captain Marvel is a great book, and quickly establishes Carol Danvers as a soldier, a leader, and an incredibly likeable heroine. I liked this book, and if you like pure superhero action and fun, I think you will, too.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sheila on January 9, 2013
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I've always been a Ms. Marvel fan. I wish she was a more popular character. This trade blew me away, I'm glad I bought the trades because the paper backs are so flimsy and undurable.

The cover art and the art inside really threw me for a loop, but it really appealed to an art student like me. I can't wait to get more of this series.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Raoul Raoul on August 11, 2013
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I really wanted to like Kelly Sue DeConnick's new Captain Marvel series, but unfortunately, Captain Marvel, v. 1: In Pursuit of Flight underwhelmed me. Flight starts with Carol Danvers adopting a more flattering costume and a less flattering haircut and letting Captain America push her into choosing the Captain Marvel name. Danvers now claims flight is her great passion, which is appropriate for a former USAF officer, but DeConnick is unsuccessful at making the most basic of superhero powers or airplanes interesting.

The story does not improve on that setup, with a random time-travel plot with contrived destinations seemingly chosen with darts and a blindfold. The bizarre elements are, in handwaving fashion, attributed to the psyche-magnetron, the Kree "wishing machine" that gave Carol her powers. The supporting characters (in the present) are bland, and their relationships aren't explained; the supporting cast members in the past are archetypes at best. Dexter Soy's art is dreadful, muddy and unclear; Emma Rios's art is an improvement, but her art takes Soy's blocky, stiff characters and makes them into wispy, spindly figures.

Overall, it's a frustrating book. Maybe Captain Marvel, as a title, gets better later. But other than the noble goal of supporting one of Marvel's few strong, female characters, I can't think of a reason to read this book or other books in the series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jem TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 5, 2014
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I've always enjoyed Ms. Marvel when she appeared in the various Avengers runs. I was excited when I saw that not only was she getting her own series in the Marvel Now launch, but she would finally be CAPTAIN Marvel also. I had high expectations, which were met and exceeded by this new take on the character.

It’s tough to pull off time travel stories without falling on your face, but DeConnick has done one of the best I have ever read. After being convinced by Captain America to take on the “Captain”, Carol inherits a T6 plane from her personal hero, pilot Helen Cobb. During her first flight, something happens that propels her to 1943 where a band of female soldiers are holding off Japanese soldiers with alien tech. And it only gets better from there with Carol jumping around in time, meeting the brave women who had to face extreme sexism to even become pilots, and learning about herself in the process.

Not only was I happy to see Carol finally become the Captain, but her redesigned costume is awesome. I particularly like the retractable “cowl” when she flies or goes into battle. And the sash around her waist isn't just for decoration, Tony Stark designed it! I don’t usually comment on artwork since it’s so subjective, and I was sure I’d hate it anyway because I do not like the cover art on this trade. However, the inside art is nothing like the cover and it is brilliant! Not only is the art beautifully rendered, but it also works perfectly for every part of the story.

Overall, Captain Marvel is everything I've been looking for in a superheroine. The writing is excellent and has made me eager for more. Oh, and Marvel, get this woman her own damn movie stat!
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