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- Publication date : October 21, 2014
- File size : 150776 KB
- Print length : 132 pages
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- Publisher : Marvel (October 21, 2014)
- ASIN : B00NAHL15I
- Language: : English
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- Iron Man: "Are you kidding? That's like asking if you like Star Wars and punching things."
- Carol: "I like both those things."
Sure, Carol Danvers a.k.a. Captain Marvel - or Miss Marvel, as she was back in the day - was created by Roy Thomas and Gene Colan in 1968. But it's Kelly Sue DeConnick's interpretation that the MCU opted to roll with. For years Miss Marvel hovered on the fringe of comic book fans' consciousness. It wasn't until DeConnick got her mitts on her that I made like Scooby Doo: "Ruh roh." It was DeConnick that cemented Carol's personality: prickly, assertive, obstinate, adventurous, kinda loveable. I had to look up when DC's Power Girl was created (it was circa 1975-76). Their characteristics run very parallel.
CAPTAIN MARVEL: HIGHER, FURTHER, FASTER, MORE collects issues #1-6 of the 2014 relaunch (8th volume). It's when DeConnick decided to deploy Carol to outer space, a fresh new start. Noting that Carol's been restless of late, her bud, Tony Stark, piques her interest by mentioning the need for a formal Avenger presence in space.
So, off goes Carol into space, given new purpose, traveling in a ship piloted by an A.I. named Harrison, courtesy of Tony's deep pockets. She's got two passengers: her mean cat, Chewie, that none of her friends cared to babysit and a comatose, green-skinned alien girl whom Carol hopes to return to her home.
I love that there's a gritty Star Wars-y vibe to the thing; heck, Carol even quotes from the movie. It's a vibe that suffuses the narrative as soon as Carol lands on the poison planet, Torfa, now inhabited by motley remnants of various transplanted alien races whose home worlds were destroyed by the Builders. (You remember the Builders? They were a thing; see the Infinity mini-series from 2014). I won't say what happens on Torfa, other than Carol gets pulled into nasty political skullduggery and an uprising against the might of the Galactic Alliance and the Spartax empire. And keep in mind that Carol Danvers lines up closer to hothead than diplomat.
I enjoyed the characters that Carol runs into. The Guardians of the Galaxy show up for a few issues, and they're always fun - and I howled at the flerken bits - but I was referring more to new characters like Tic, B-329 (or "Bee"), Jackie, and Gil, all of whom are colorful and then some. They and Carol make up a ragtag - but dynamite - bunch. DeConnick is a feminist, and, so, her writing comes rife with feminist anthems. But she's good enough and graceful enough of a storyteller that she doesn't pound her agenda in your face. She knows how to write with a light touch. These six issues come across as a delightful space romp more so than a superhero story. Heck, I even caught a whiff of Brian K Vaughan's SAGA in these pages.
I love Captain America in the comics and especially in the MCU. He's actually my favorite character in the MCU. But, sometimes, I crave a change of pace, and that's what Carol Danvers delivers. She's a flawed hero, fallible, impetuous, stubborn. Her swagger outstrips her capability. She screws things up. But this only makes her a more interesting character. This bunch of issues is as much about Carol's journey of self-discovery, and she's having tremendous fun along the way. And this sense of fun comes thru palpably.
But maybe my most favorite words that DeConnick has ever crafted surfaced not in a comic book but in an interview with Polygon. When asked the difference between Captain America and Captain Marvel, she replied, "Carol falls down all the time, but she always gets back up. We say that about Captain America as well, but Captain America gets back up because it's the right thing to do. Carol gets back up because 'Fudge you.'" (She didn't actually say "fudge.")
I'm a jerk for waiting until just about the end to mention artist David Lopez. Comic books are a visual medium. The words could be the prettiest, but they don't mean squat if the art looks like crp. David Lopez has got some of what made Kevin Maguire special. Lopez can draw the most amazing facial expressions and convey an eclectic range of emotions. His deft pencil work really helps to make Carol pop as a distinct personality. I wish his run on CAPTAIN MARVEL lasted as long as his run in CATWOMAN.
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If you've seen the recent Captain Marvel film, there's scenes in this which are similar so you can kinda imagine how awesome it would be to see "in real life" too. And if you're fairly new to Captain Marvel (like me), then this acts as a good introduction to the character and her world, you're never left feeling out of the loop while reading this story.
Great comic vivid and funny