Captain Marvel #2
Writing - 8/10
Art - 9/10
Overall - 8.5/10
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Writer: Kelly Thompson
Artist: Carmen Carnero
Color Artist: Tamra Bonvillain
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover Artists: Amanda Conner & Paul Mounts
Variant Cover Artists: Carmen Carnero & Chris Bachalo
Editor: Sarah Brunstad
Maturity Rating: T+
Release Date: February 13th, 2019
Captain Marvel #2 has Captain Marvel creating her own new team, by a fortune of circumstance. Together they’ll go up against a classic (but easy to hate) villain from the Fantastic Four series.
Captain Marvel #2 Isn’t Worried About Subtleties
It feels so good to have Captain Marvel back in print again. With the movie’s release date steadily approaching, interest in Captain Marvel is increasing. So it was only natural that the series got a reboot. So far the series has been true to heart with Carol Danvers, while also certainly throw its own flair into the mix. Captain Marvel #2 has abandoned any attempt at subtlety, while also giving us a villain that we can feel good about hating.
Kelly Thompson is a master of tongue in cheek humor. She’s also not afraid of being blunt, when the occasion calls for it. Captain Marvel #2 is a healthy blend of the two, giving us a dramatic, yet hilarious, issue.
This issue was great in that it provided us with a villain that’s easy to hate, while also being the polar opposite of everything Carol Danvers stands for. Naturally, longstanding fans are already rooting for it, but this situation makes it easy for new fans to take her side as well.
Admittedly, some of the points made in this issue weren’t terribly subtle, but they didn’t need to be. In fact, considering the characters involved, it only makes sense that everything would be so out in the open like this. Carol isn’t one that’s known for restraint. And that applies to both her physical punches and her statement of opinions. A lot of the points being made, while being intentionally stretched to an extreme as an example, are timely. There has been a lot of talk painfully similar to things the antagonist said, and it’ll ring a bell with many readers. Thankfully none of us will have to face anything quite like this guy. But the point is still felt, and appreciated.
Captain Marvel #2 is an interesting blend of dark and light. The scenes themselves make a brilliant use of color, while also being set in what can only be described as a dystopian city. It’s an interesting blend, but it does make for some great panels.
Carmen Carnero did the artwork for this issue. And I have to admit that as much as I loved the previous design of Carol, it is nice to see her with long hair again. I love that every artist adds their mark, and this one is no exception. Carnero’s take on a dystopian world was fascinating—particularly when it came to the character designs. It almost made me wish that this would be the setting for the rest of the series.
Tamra Bonvillain is the colorist behind that interesting blend I was referencing earlier. Her city sunset colors are absolutely amazing, and I’m certain they’re not getting the credit they deserve. Likewise, I loved the murkier tones used in the darker parts of the city.
Clayton Cowles was the letterer for this issue and, unsurprisingly, he did a great job. He stuck with some of the classic designs for Captain Marvel’s lettering. Thought boxes have a red background with white font, that sort of thing. But it works so well, especially with the artwork supplied.
Captain Marvel #2 was another strong issue for the series. The antagonist is a bit on the heavy-handed side, but a) that’s totally fine, and b) he’s a villain from another series. So you can’t even blame this series for him. I think using him here was well done, and goes a long way in furthering the points frequently shown in Captain Marvel series.
The tones of this issue were the highlight, without a doubt. It left me wishing that we could almost see Captain Marvel in a dystopian world all the time. That’s the mark of a well-done plot and setting, if I may say so. Despite the heavier tones, the issue did manage to squeeze in a few laughs, leaving everything perfectly balanced.
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