Posted on: July 18th, 2012 REVIEW: Captain Marvel #1

Captain Marvel 1 coverI assume if you take on the stance of “I’ll never read a chick comic” you simply do not care how stupid you sound. Nobody can rid you of that stupidity. I can talk until I’m blue in the face and you’ll still be an idiot. Then I’d be an idiot since I was fighting a losing battle to begin with. So if that’s your stance, nothing I’m about to say will change your thought process. Go on back to being a fool.

For the rest of you, let’s talk Captain Marvel #1.

I ranted and raved about Marvel’s inadequacies when it came to female title characters. They didn’t even exist for a while. How can Deadpool carry more titles than all the women of Marvel combined? Didn’t seem right. So, although the numbers are painfully low given their competition’s books, Marvel has not only released a new Carol Danvers title, they’ve announced that Jeff Parker will be offering his talents in writing Betty Ross for Red She-Hulk #58. It’s a start. And if these books will be anything like Kelly Sue Deconnick’s Captain Marvel, it’s going to be a great time to be a Marvel fan again.

In theory, you could start this current take on Captain Marvel by reading Avenging Spider-Man #9. Although you don’t need it for #1 of Captain Marvel, it’s a fantastic issue and Terry Dodson is on art. Sold! But, for the sake of picking up at #1, no leg work is required. Perhapsā€¦that’s why it’s a number oneā€¦perhaps.

Captain Marvel 1 InteriorCaptain Marvel #1 has Dexter Soy on art. And frankly, I had no idea what I was getting into. I don’t believe I’ve ever seen this guy’s work. It’s nice. Real nice. Favorite part? Space. Like outer space. His painted style works real well in the cosmos. If Silver Surfer is ever in his future, he gets my vote. Action panels can be a bit muddy, but in the big picture, it all works together.

Here’s a little something: I’ve not only heard people complain that this book exists but I’ve heard people complain about Carol Danvers’ hair. And, honestly, the cover does not give you an accurate depiction of her hair. Which actually resembles a mullet. But to those folks, I pose the question, “Why the hell do you care about a fictional character’s haircut?” You are grasping at minutia to support your generic anger. Stop.

So that brings us to the real nitty-gritty of the book. The story. The character. The writing. Kelly Sue Deconnick, I love you. I love the fact that Carol is funny without being a clown. I love that you can write a character that has issues but is not defined by such. I love that your dialogue makes sense. I love you and I love Captain Marvel because of it.

I read a good chunk of Ms. Marvel back when she had an ongoing. Most of the time, it was cute. Cute has a place but it would not seem its place is in Deconnick and Soy’s book. We’re delving into what it means to be a hero, both super-powered and not. Are they same? Is one more important than the other? How do we personally accept that title?

I’m excited this book exists. I’m excited it’s from Marvel. I’m excited I get to walk into the comic shop and purchase this book. Of course I would support any female title character book but there’s no way I’d stick with it if it was bad. Captain Marvel is worth every cent I’m throwing Marvel’s way. Make more.

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