Captain Marvel #1 Review

By: Rob Neil Gruszecki

Looking up into the sky, hovering above with superhuman powers, a little girl examines the world below and searches for where she belongs. In these moments of flight the little girl becomes a woman and in finding herself among the stars above, a new era, ushering inspiration and self-appreciation lifts the woman to her true seat as a marvel keeping the world safe under her gaze.

“I just want to help”

Returning to the helm of starship Captain Marvel is Kelly Sue Deconnick (Pretty Deadly, Avengers Assemble) with a new number one alongside the artistic chops of David Lopez (X-Men, New Mutants) adding his skill to a fun adventure story of rediscovery and cosmic exploration. Reprising her station as the Captain is previous Ms. Marvel, Carol Danvers and in this new volume, Danvers will take to space to grow and hopefully recapture what she once was.

The preceding seventh volume consisting of seventeen issues reinvented the character of Captain Marvel and put it in the reigns of the pilot, Danvers and this new volume and number one will be an expansion of the previous mythos established by Deconnick and the other myriad of writers on Avengers books adding to her legacy.

Kelly Sue Deconnick has developed so positively and incredibly over the years culminating in the production of (in my opinion) the strongest new series of 2013 with Pretty Deadly. Her voice as a writer had always been fresh, witty and enjoyable but with her most recent work she has become one of the unparalleled talents in the industry and a creator whose passion and poetry shines brightly on each page she scripts. Her handle on the character of Captain Marvel is comfortable, smooth, empathetic and relatable and she is a perfect fit for the title going on into the future. Where I’m certain that the issue would have been even more enjoyable had I read the seventh volume of the book in its entirety, I still had a good time reading through this new introduction.

David Lopez has a very emotional and realistic touch that adds a lot to the pages within. His expressions and character designs are crisp and smooth with colours that really pop from Lee Loughridge. Their teamwork together on the book looks like Inaki Miranda (Coffin Hill) or Jamie McKelvie (Young Avengers, Phonogram) and displays a very immersive environment that really makes you feel at home with the series whether you are a first time reader or had been on board since the beginning of the previous volume. Lopez was not the artist on the work before but I personally found him to be a great compliment to Deconnick’s drama. My hope is to see way more fun alien designs from Lopez on the book as the first few pages where Captain Marvel walks through an otherworldly outpost market featured the best art and imagination in the book.

This new number one felt like a bit of housecleaning as though the team was tying up dangling threads from the volume before. It sets itself up very nicely for a brand new arc and is welcoming to new readers without alienating the ones who came before. Captain Marvel number one is an interesting new series from two magnificent talents in Deconnick and Lopez.

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