Captain Marvel "Higher, Further, Faster, More, Part One" (2014.05) - In Review

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Captain Marvel "Higher, Further, Faster, More, Part One" (2014.05) - In Review

Postby Capes (Optional) » Sat Mar 22, 2014 9:10 pm



CAPTAIN MARVEL (2014) #1
In Review

"Higher, Further, Faster, More"
Part One

WRITER: Kelly Sue DeConnick
ARTIST: David Lopez

COVER DATE: May 2014

CONTAINS SPOILERS!


For many years now, publishers have been creating female counterparts to pre-existing male characters but some always manage to rise above the rest. Carol Danvers is one such character. First appearing in 1968, she did not acquire superpowers until 1977 where she adopted the identity of Ms. Marvel. Over the years her powers changed and she adopted various identities until recently when, with the approval of Captain America, she adopted the name of Captain Marvel in honour of her dead mentor Mar-Vell of the Kree. This is Carol’s fourth series, the second with her as Captain Marvel. It is also the eighth Captain Marvel volume to see publication.

When we last saw Captain Marvel she was recovering from a severe memory loss, but was granted permission to take up residence in the crown of the Statue of Liberty; quite the honour. She and Iron Man intercept a pod hurtling earthward containing what appears to be a blue-skinned, pointy-eared teenaged girl. While on patrol with Iron Man we learn that Carol’s new series will be taking her in to outer space, most likely to work alongside the Guardians of the Galaxy in Iron Man’s place. The next day, Carol takes Tracy Burke for a ride in a jet as a birthday present before taking her to celebrate her “900th”. Carol steps outside with James Rhodes and she explains her situation and her plans to leave earth and they exchange a private farewell.



Captain Marvel discovers someone (Tic) in the pod


Although a little disjointed, the premiere issue of the new series is quite good. David Lopez’s artwork is superb but Kelly Sue DeConnick’s tale does present some issues for me though. Jumping directly into the action, then jumping back six weeks to explain how we got there would be fine but by the end of the issue we have not caught up to the introductory action sequence leaving a solid sense of confusion. Carol’s memory loss at the end of the previous series appears to have been largely ignored, and her romantic relationship with James Rhodes came out of nowhere only to end just as quickly as she prepares to leave the planet. Having her potentially join the Guardians of the Galaxy may also be overkill considering the power already on the galactic team and she will likely take a backseat much as Iron Man did during his brief alliance with them. On a purely technical note, I understand that a first issue of a comic series is likely to sell more than an eighteenth issue, but rebooting simply to get another first issue on the rack is a little annoying.

So, where will we go with Captain Marvel’s future adventures off-Earth? If we get part of the grand adventure we have been privileged to read in her previous series, coupled with the potential offered by granting her a larger scope along the lines of her predecessors, we should be in for a fantastic run.




Captain Marvel leaves Earth





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Re: Captain Marvel (2014) "Higher, Further, Faster, More, Part One" - In Review

Postby William Keogh » Sat Mar 22, 2014 11:52 pm

Good review... and it was such a relief to see Lopez' art after the bulk of the previous series had such poor art.
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Re: Captain Marvel (2014) "Higher, Further, Faster, More, Part One" - In Review

Postby AdamDestine » Sun Mar 23, 2014 12:21 am

William Keogh wrote:Good review... and it was such a relief to see Lopez' art after the bulk of the previous series had such poor art.

Poor art quickly turns me off a comic book. And yeah, that previous run of Captain Marvel had less than stellar art, huge turn off. And when the cover art is leagues better then interior...not cool.
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Re: Captain Marvel (2014) "Higher, Further, Faster, More, Part One" - In Review

Postby Michael Regan » Sun Mar 23, 2014 2:28 am

It would also be nice to see some consistency for a while as well; keep the same artist for a good run and stop shuffling the deck.

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