Captain Marvel… Heroine out of time?
Captain Marvel #2
After attending the funeral of her mentor and personal hero, Carol Danvers inherits a plane that is meant as a message to have her attempt a flight to break the altitude record set by Helen Cobb in an old World War II era fighter. When she begins her ascent, ice crystals forming on the wings causes her to lose power and nosedive right back to Earth. In the fall, she is sent through a mysterious wormhole and comes out the other side on an island that still believes it’s World War II. After initially being captured a small battalion of girls. Before they can get to safety, a giant alien spacecraft appears in the sky.
One thing I’ve really liked about this series, so far, is that Kelly Sue DeConnick has been given license to do whatever she wants with Carol Danvers. The last Ms. Marvel series was the typical superhero fare. It came after House of M in which she got a taste of what it meant to be a highly respected heroine to match her extremely powerful skill set. Here, after coming through as the true top heroine of the Marvel Universe, she’s given some different types of stories. In a way, it feels like she’s been given a coming out party of sorts.
DeConnick wants to give her stories in which she’s the true focus. Even though Captain America and the Absorbing Man had supporting roles in the first issue, it then shifted to something with a ton of heart. In this second issue, Captain Marvel gets to go on a completely different type of trip to a land time forgot. She’s not simply going up against Mystique or the Brood or a bunch of Kree soldiers out to do no good.
What this all results in is a series that has a real soul. Instead of just having do what you’d expect out of a superhero book, she’s getting to shine on her own and that’s really appreciated by this Carol Danvers fan. It’s great to see how heartfelt the first issue was, but in this issue, it’s even better to see her doing the things that is fitting for her character. She’s a pilot, so she’s taking off in a plane to give a record a shot. Being in the military, she’s placed into a world that thinks a war is still happening. Being a female military officer, she meets up with a group of other female soldiers. It all adds up into a series that’s working in its own little corner of the Marvel U.
After the first issue, I’ve found that I’m much more used to Dexter Soy’s art as well. Is it different? Sure, but aren’t these two issues different in terms of how Danvers has been used? Most definitely. It’s a style that may still take some by surprise, but there are really great shots too. Soy has some really great action pages that are simply beautiful. It really is a perfect combination of a different type of superheroine plot and different type of art melding together for a particularly unique book.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|DeConnick is making the most out of playing with a character in new and interesting ways. Some of Soy’s art is gorgeous – particularly the action stuff.||The art might still jar some people until more issues come along.|