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Captain Marvel #1

Writer: Kelly Thompson
Artist: Carmen Carnero
Color Artist: Tamra Bonvillain
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Logo: Jay Bowen
Design: Clayton Cowles & Nick Russell
Cover Artists: Amanda Conner & Paul Mounts
Variant Cover Artists: Alex Ross, Adam Hughes, & Lauren Tsai
Editor: Sarah Brunstad
Consulting Editor: Wil Moss
Executive Editor: Tom Brevoort
Publisher: Marvel
Maturity Rating: T+
Released: January 9th, 2019

Captain Marvel is back, and with a whole new creative team behind the wheels. This series brings Carol Danvers back to earth, but that doesn’t mean she’ll be getting a break anytime soon.

 

Carol Danvers is Back in Captain Marvel #1, and She’s Ready to Take on Anything

 

Captain Marvel has officially re-launched, and she has a whole new creative team on deck to get the series going. Kelly Thompson, Carmen Carnero, and Tamra Bonvillain have all joined up to take over the series and make it their own.

Captain Marvel has gone through a lot in recent years, from spending years ou int space to Civil War II (where she lost friendships and more), her sabbatical, and more. It’s about time for a fresh start for her, and it looks like that’s exactly what we’re going to get with this new series.

That isn’t to say that they’re going to be overlooking what has happened in the past. Carol’s past made her the person she is today. More like they’re giving her an opportunity to move forward.

Writing

Kelly Thompson had big shoes to fill with the takeover of the Captain Marvel franchise, but if this issue is anything to go by, the series is in safe hands. The series kept to Carol’s true nature, and better yet; it made a point to specifically show us many elements in her life that we’ve all come to love. It felt like a hat tip in many ways, but that’s a good thing.

Captain Marvel #1 Cover Art by Amanda Conner & Paul Mounts
Captain Marvel #1 Cover Art by Amanda Conner & Paul Mounts

Captain Marvel #1 had so much packed into it that it’s hard to believe it was all just one honestly. In a way, it felt like three, simply because of how many events or plots were started during it. It didn’t feel rushed though, and it had the added benefit of firmly establishing the sort of series we can expect from now on.

The issue didn’t waste any time before throwing us into the action. It literally starts off with a fight scene, and it isn’t the only one of the issue. Both fight scenes were intense, while sprinkled with that Carol Danvers’ humor we’ve come to expect.

Many characters from Carol’s life made an appearance in this issue. It really did feel like we were going back to roots in many ways, and their appearances helped solidify that feeling. I won’t list who appeared because they’re better seen than heard, but I will say that one of them made me want to cheer with happiness. Okay, actually most of them did, but you know what I mean.

The events in Captain Marvel #1 progressed at an even pace, with there never being time for a dull moment. Multiple plots were introduced, some of them minor, others having the potential to be longer running. it was intelligently done. It’ll give them something to fall back on during later points.

This really did feel like I was reading a Captain Marvel comic, which is good since I was! I have no worries that Kelly Thompson will carry the series with everything it deserves, and then some.

The conclusion for this issue was a bit of a surprise. It looks like it’s going to be a longer running plot – at least one full issue, though likely more – and in some ways, it reminded me of a specific event in Danvers’ past. I wasn’t expecting it, but it could prove to be an interesting move. 

Art

Carmen Carnero and Tamra Bonvillain teamed up to do the artwork for Captain Marvel #1. The issue was bright and beautiful, and it had a lot going on in every panel. It was impressive how much detail they were able to pack in there actually. Each scene had things going on in the background – some of it was references, some of it was simply background, but it all worked as a cohesive unit.

Both fight scenes were well done, though I’ll admit a preference to the second one. One of the moves Captain Marvel used on her opponent was so brutal and satisfying. I swear I could hear the crunch of the pavement as I read it. 

Conclusion

Captain Marvel #1 was a strong start to the new series. It allayed any fears I had about the new creative team and even got me looking forward to all the future issues. I’m curious to see where the newly introduced plot is going to take us.

They covered a remarkable amount of ground in a short amount of time. Making it feel like the series has been going on for longer than it actually has. It was a smart move. Better, it didn’t ignore Carol’s past, while not forcing us to rehash every event that has happened. It’s just there. Some of the references might make more sense if you’ve been keeping up with her series. But honestly, any newcomer could probably pick up this issue and have no trouble following along. 

 


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