Carol Danvers, otherwise known as Ms. Marvel, has been kicking butt along side The Avengers and other major Marvel characters for 35 years. She is a great addition to Marvel lore and one badass female character who will hopefully make it to the big screen one day. Recently, Marvel decided that Carol would take up the mantle of Captain Marvel after the death of Captain Mar-Vell, a Kree alien who’s DNA merges with Danvers giving her superpowers. After reading Captain Marvel #1 I’m happy to say Carol is still there but she is so much more.
The story doesn’t really start off with an explanation of how we got Carol in a new suit, but rather it just got right to the punching. I found the overall story to be fine, but missing something. The time she is alone with her thoughts should be more flushed out, they are the best moments in the book. The conversation Ms. Marvel has with Captain America about taking up the mantle of Captain Mar-Vell is pretty good and well written. Not as great as his move speech in Civil War that he gives to Spider-Man, but not bad. Kelly Sue DeConnick’s writing is interesting and I can see where she is planning to go but the start is a little rough. On the other hand, Dexter Soy’s artwork is on par. Soy draws the characters with an almost watercolor style and is really unusual and that much more intriguing.
The real meat of the story is not the fact that Ms. Marvel is now Captain Marvel, but rather her feelings on having her powers to begin with. She doesn’t question whether she should or should not be a hero. Instead, she ponders what she lost by becoming one. Its an interesting twist on an old premise but it works. I think going forward Captain Marvel could be as intriguing of an ongoing series as Ed Brubaker’s Captain America.
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