Title: Captain Marvel Vol. 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More
Author: Kelly Sue Deconnick and David Lopez
Publisher: Marvel Now!
Source: Gift from Christmas
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Hero! Pilot! Avenger! Captain Marvel, Earth’s Mightiest Hero with an attitude to match, is back and launching headfirst into an all-new ongoing adventure! 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. But as Carol takes on a mission to return an alien girl to her homeworld, she lands in the middle of an uprising against the Galactic Alliance! Investigating the forced resettlement of Rocket Girl’s people, Carol discovers that she has a history with the man behind the plot. But when the bad guy tries to blackmail Carol and turn the Avengers against her, it’s payback time! (Source: Goodreads)
In the first volume of the new Captain Marvel series we see Carol Danvers heading out across the galaxy to try and save the Nowlian people, now living on Torfa, from a hostile takeover by the Spartax. Captain Marvel and her new Nowlian companions first build a fleet and then face off against J’son and his fleet. This volume guest stars the Guardians of the Galaxy and some of the Avengers.
I’ve been trying to read comics about women written by women recently. I didn’t know much about Captain Marvel when I picked this up, and was only vaguely aware of the fact that it was written by a woman but…oh my…read this! If you’re looking for an ass kicking female lead, and supporting crew, this is definitely a great place to look. I loved the plot, the writing, the art, the characters. Everything in this series is amazing. I didn’t read DeConnick’s previous Captain Marvel series but I think I might just do it after reading this.
The plot to begin with is interesting. I liked that Carol isn’t just doing her job, she’s doing what she thinks is right. She’s saving this race, not because she has to, because she loves them. I think it’s great that there were so many elements involved in everything. The Guardians of the Galaxy. Spartax, the Avengers, all tied into one series all connected and centered in this admittedly crappy planet. I liked that this was a story where the plot didn’t revolve around needless violence but on compassion and care for other people. Carol Danvers and her friends did something really awesome. All the plot flows well, works well, is smooth, makes a lot of sense, and doesn’t really require a lot of background knowledge. DeConnick gives you what you’re missing. Once in the form of an adorable crayon drawing about Carol’s origin story, adorable!!
I think DeConnick has molded a really amazing character in Carol Danvers. First of all she’s amazingly fierce. Just a straight-up badass. She takes on an entire fleet on her own! This kind of strength is amazing, but it’s not necessarily physical, it’s a strength of will. She’s being strong for an entire race of Nowlians because they can’t be for themselves. It’s pretty amazing. On top of this she’s hugely compassionate and caring. I think she’s fairly complex. She has this deep longing for something beyond what she has on Earth, which leads to this little adventure. There are some other really amazing female characters in this series too, including Tic, Jackie, and Madame (the leader of the Nowlian). They all band together with Carol to fight of the Spartax with their intellect and will. Amazing characters all around.
The art is also super awesome. Not my favourite part because I loved Carol so much, but it’s still amazing. The character designs are great. The details were awesome. I really love Captain Marvel’s outfit, especially with the mask, how cool is her hair? The second best part of it all though is the variant art!! There is some pretty adorable stuff in there.
Okay so, to sum all the fangirling up: READ THIS. It’s so good!
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