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COMIC REVIEW: FTN reviews Captain Marvel #1

March 13th, 2014 by Irwin Fletcher Comments

Written by Kelly Sue DeConnick
Art by David Lopez
Published by Marvel Comics

When I was younger I became enamored by a man named Bruce Wayne a.k.a. Batman. When Bruce slipped on his cape and his cowl he vowed to do everything within his power to save Gotham, and sometimes the world, from the dangers that lurked in the shadows. From comics, to movies, and to tv shows I couldn’t get enough of the masked vigilante that I still hold very near and dear to my heart. It’s because of him that I’m even writing this review right now. You see Batman drew me into the world of comics. Flash forward about 15-20 years and I’m now a father of a beautiful little girl named Abigail. Like any parent, I’ve wanted nothing more than to share that same passion that I have with my child…

The start of Kelly Sue DeConnick’s new run on Captain Marvel starts out in an almost Star Wars-ian fashion. She’s on an alien world trying to carry out a mission all while trying not to be seen by the wrong people. It’s very fitting seeing as Carol is a huge fan of the George Lucas classic and we even get a hilarious attempt at a Jedi mind trick! If you’re anything like me you’re slightly confused as to how the story got here, but fear not, it’s not long before we take a step back to see how we ended up where we are!

I wasn’t lucky enough to have read Kelly Sue DeConnick’s first run on Captain Marvel, but I’m definitely glad I have the chance to jump on now. This character, thanks in large to Kelly Sue’s writing, has developed a cult-like following that calls themselves the Carol Corp. It was truly spectacular to see it really take off and to see so many people rally around a character like this, but I didn’t really understand why it was happening because I hadn’t been reading the series. I definitely understand now why this group of people is as passionate about Carol as they are. She’s a strong, intelligent human being with the will to move mountains that’s just trying to find her place in the world. The reason I brought up that little tidbit of my life is because while I’m an adult now, if Abby is anything like her father (and she is!), she’s going to find a book just like this when she gets older and I KNOW she’s going to be pulled in just like I was…

David Lopez’s art is stunning in this book. I won’t touch too much on it because a lot of this issue is dialogue heavy and I’d like to reserve more judgment for his work when I see a bit more action and he has the chance to really flex his creative muscles, but I’m beyond confident that he’s going to keep knocking it out of the park on this book.

After just one issue I can now see why this series has sparked Marvel to bring us more books like She-Hulk and Ms. Marvel. The brilliance of it goes well beyond the panels and pages we’re reading the story on. Seeing the Carol Corp develop and seeing the inspiration it brought to people reminded me exactly of the very feeling I got when I was introduced to my favorite hero, Batman, as a child. It’s something like this that we can introduce the next generation to. I’d love nothing more than to open the eyes of non-comic readers to books like this and Ms. Marvel just to show them just how high our medium can soar if we just set our sights high enough…

4.5 out of 5 nerds

I'm an LA journalist who really lives for his profession. I have also published work as Jane Doe in various mags and newspapers across the globe. I normally write articles that can cause trouble but now I write for FTN because Nerds are never angry, so I feel safe.