By. Samurai Millo
Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick
Penciller: David Lopez
Coloring: Lee Loughridge
Cover Price: $3.99
Page Count: 24
The following paragraph is a description of the comic taken from Marvel’s official website:
“Hero! Pilot! Avenger! Captain Marvel, Earth's Mightiest Hero with death-defying powers and an attitude to match, is back and launching headfirst into an all-new ongoing series! As Captain Marvel, a.k.a. Carol Danvers, comes to a crossroads with a new life and new romance, she makes a dramatic decision that will alter the course of her life and the entire Marvel Universe in the months to come. It's time to go HIGHER, FURTHER, FASTER and more in the most super-powered comic around!”
I usually count on first issues to be an adequate starting point for either new or returning readers. I expect that a first issue of any given comic book title will have all the necessary information in order to put the reader up to speed. Captain Marvel #1 is not one of those issues. This comic throws you right into the middle of a setting right out of your favorite episode of the now defunct TV series “Firefly” without giving us readers the slightest inkling as to what is going on. This for about five pages only to fade to black, show us the comic book’s credit and waste with only three words a perfectly good page that could have been used to give us a quick recap of the current status quo of Carol Danvers. Instead the plot about a month a half into the past to show us how Carol was faring on Earth and the changes in her life that place then, but since I wasn’t Miss Danvers’s previous comic I was quite lost and unable to recognize any of the secondary characters. Both Iron Man (Tony Stark) and Iron Patriot (James Rhodes) make guest appearances in this issue. Still, having established that the lack of introductory information is this issue’s biggest negative point then is only fair to say that that the characterizations and dialogues of every character in this book is this issue’s positive point. Scenes during a birthday party and between Captain Marvel and Iron Patriot are a good example of this.
The art by Spanish comic book artist David Lopez is of top quality and show a domain for both facial expressions and body language. The action scenes and the quiet scenes are both equally powerful. I especially liked the last page which to me was poster material. My compliments go to Lee Loughridge for a superb coloring job that shows us how color gives each location its own voice whether that setting is an alien planet or the docks of New York City.
Captain Marvel gets a “C” on storytelling for the reasons stated before, but gets an “A” for the art. It is still worth giving it a try.