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Captain Marvel, Vol. 1: In Pursuit of Flight Paperback – January 1, 2013
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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. This is a feat very few female characters in comics have achieved to this day. Kelly Sue DeConnick deserves all the credit in the world for writing such a complete character in such an interesting world.
Captain Marvel is a fantastic series, with dynamite writing and fantastic art. You can't ask for anymore than that. Wonderful and an absolute buy.
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.
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!