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Review – Captain Marvel: Braver & Mightier #1 (Marvel Comics)

and Captain Marvel Braver and Mightier #1 (Marvel Comics) variant cover (detail) by Ron Lim
Captain Marvel: Braver & Mightier #1
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  • Art - 9.5/10
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Summary

Writer: Jody Houser
Artist: Simone Buonfantino
Color Artist: Erick Arciniega
Letterer: VC’s Travis Lanham
Cover Artists: Valerio Schiti & Rachelle Rosenberg
Variant Cover Artists: Ron Lim & Israel Silva
Publisher: Marvel
Maturity Rating: T
Release Date: February 27th, 2019

Captain Marvel is getting a second series, all thanks to the impending release of her new movie. Captain Marvel: Braver & Mightier #1 is everything you could hope for.

 

Captain Marvel Shows Her Human Side in Captain Marvel: Braver & Mightier #1

Captain Marvel is looking her best in Captain Marvel: Braver & Mightier #1. The series starts out with a bang, showing us that even adult superheroes have to balance different obligations. Here we’re strongly reminded that Carol is a superhero, human, and also a true inspiration to many of her fans.

It’s worth noting this is actually the second series actively in print for Captain Marvel. The other one is simply titled Captain Marvel and is currently being written by Kelly Thompson. So far it’s safe to say that you could easily follow either one or both without any confusion.

Writing

Captain Marvel Braver and Mightier #1 (Marvel Comics) main cover by Valerio Schiti
Captain Marvel Braver and Mightier #1 (Marvel Comics) main cover by Valerio Schiti

Captain Marvel: Braver & Mightier #1 made for a great start in the series. A lot of people forget that the superheroes are people too, and sometimes we really need that reminder. Even if the reminder is simply showing us how much these people mean to their fans.

Jody Houser cleverly used the perspective of some of Captain Marvel’s young fans as a way of showing us the human inside her character. Through them, we were reminded that she has a past—one in the Air Force—and that she has obligations other than just fighting the bad guys all of the time. Carol’s determination to do everything asked of her is reminiscent of some of the internal battles we see with younger superheroes. Sure, her battles may be literally on a larger scale, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t risk overwhelming her life as well. It was an interesting parallel to draw.

This single issue also reminded us that Carol may seem indestructible, but there are rules for her abilities and weaknesses. That’s good to see from time to time, especially with the movie looming ever closer.

Art

Captain Marvel: Braver & Mightier #1 has some absolutely stellar art. Some of the panels from this issue rank in my top ten list (for Captain Marvel, that is). Easily. They were bright and bold and everything you’d expect for Carol, and then some. The space scenes, in particular, were a real treat.

Simone Buonfantino was the artist for this issue. She provided the lines and inking to these striking images. Erick Arciniega further enhanced the artwork with his absolutely brilliant colors. While they were artistically rendered, it did still feel like they were out in space.

Conclusion

At first, I wasn’t sure how I felt about having two Captain Marvel series running at once. Okay, that isn’t entirely true. I was psyched, I’ll confess. But I wasn’t sure how they were going to work the continuity, or if it would be confusing for newer fans. Having read this issue, though, I can honestly say that all of those concerns were for naught. Captain Marvel: Braver & Mightier #1 is a solid introduction to a new series. It looks like they’re going to be focusing on the more human elements in Captain Marvel, while also trying to push her to even higher heights. Sounds about perfect for her character, doesn’t it?


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Cat Wyatt

Cat Wyatt is an avid comic book reader, as well as a reader of novels. Her favorite genres are science fiction and fantasy, though she's usually willing to try other genres as well. Cat collects Funko Pop figures, Harry Potter books (different editions), and has more bookshelves than she's willing to admit.

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