Comic Review – Captain Marvel #1 (Marvel Comics)

Adam reads as many comics as he can afford. He missed reviewing them while he tries to write up his PhD thesis, so every other week he’ll be reviewing of one of them, with potential minor spoilers.

Another week and another #1 issue from Marvel! This time I picked up Captain Marvel #1, written by Agent Carter showrunners Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters, drawn by Kris Anka, coloured by Matthew Wilson and lettered by VC’s Joe Caramagna.

Carol Danvers AKA Captain Marvel is off to space again, although instead of the slightly further reaches of the cosmos where the Guardians of the Galaxy hang around, this time she’s off on a two year deployment commanding the Alpha Flight Space Station 250km above the Earth, acting as its first line of defence against interstellar threats (although a GotG member does make a brief appearance…). There she meets her command, including Alpha Flight members Puck, Sasquatch, Aurora and the prickly Lt. Commander Abigail Brand, and very quickly chooses to shirk her typical desk-job and administrative duties in favour of punching earth-bound ships and meteors. Which really sounds like a lot more fun.

Captain MarvelConsidering this is their comic book writing debut, Fazekas and Butters do a fine job here crafting a light-hearted yet meaningful first issue, blending a sci-fi drama in the style of Star Trek with cosmic superhero action. Carol’s character seems largely unchanged from Kelly Sue Deconnick’s run, so there is a familiarity to hold on to as we launch into this new arc. The supporting cast looks like it will be very interesting dynamic, with Carol butting heads with Brand while simultaneously quickly becoming best buddies with the affable Puck.

Anka’s art is expressive and bold, with some heavy and angular line work that retains a simplicity that works well with the light-hearted tone of the book. The character and facial work within the giant high-tech space station has sense of warmth within the sterile yet well-detailed environments, while the hugely vibrant space action is a real treat. Wilson’s colours are definitely an important part of that vibrancy, not just in the combat but also between the various character designs and uniforms. Danvers herself looks especially good with Anka’s slight tweaks for her new costume and the stark colours from Wilson.

If you’re looking for a fun and exciting sci-fi superhero comic, look no further than Captain Marvel. The ensemble cast works well to round out the book, but this is still very much Carol Danvers’ story and it should be a great ride seeing where she goes next. Check it out at your LCS or digital comics platform.

Score: 8 Hala Stars out of 10

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