Ms. Marvel is one of the toughest, most powerful women in comics. Sadly, she’s also one of the most overlooked. If you asked any person on the street to name a female superhero, more than likely the answer would be Wonder Woman nine times out of ten. (And no disrespect to WW, she’s the mother of all bad-ass super heroines.) But it’s about time that this long-time Avenger got her face on the cover of her own series. Of course, Ms. Marvel has had her own series in the past – but Captain Marvel, now this is something different. Different name. Different hair. Different costume. Different attitude. She’s ready to step into her place as one of the greats.
The creative team to help accomplish this is Kelly Sue Deconnick with Dexter Soy. The awesome cover was by Ed McGuinness. This team has a big hurtle in front of them. While they are working with a mountain of character-depth and history, they also have to be respectful of the previous Captain Marvel. Carol Danvers, formerly Ms. Marvel, is taking up the mantle of a dear friend of hers – a hero whose death was felt around the Marvel Universe when he lost his battle to cancer years ago. She struggles with the decision, not wanting to try to replace the original Captain Marvel (Mar-vell). But as she takes a good look at herself, where she has come from, and the people who have inspired her, she realizes that she would actually be carrying on his legacy.
This issue was about character development and opening a window in the mind of Carol Danvers. I love issues like this. We see bangs and pows and snikts all the freaking time. Action is what we show up to see, but action gets boring if we don’t have a stake in the characters – who they are and what they stand for. We need to feel a connection to characters or else a ker–pow is just a ker–pow. Lack of character development is probably one of my biggest gripes about comic books in general. It is also one of the reasons I really enjoyed this issue.
The art was, perhaps, a bit gritty for the subject matter. The tone of voice of the issue is reflective and serious. The art was well-delivered and was clearly trying to reflect Captain Marvel’s state of mind, yet it seemed to go a bit overboard in its heaviness. I did, however, love the cover – from the expression on her face to the jut of her hip, you saw this cover art and knew that Carol Danvers was stepping up to the plate.
I’m gonna say it, as cliché as it is. I don’t care … You go girl!