Category Archives: Captain Marvel

Mini-Opinions – Friday Edition

Captain Marvel #1-#8

So, I was only supposed to read #1-#7 for class (and I think she really meant #1-#6 since that was where the first story arc ended…) but I figured I would read everything that I had so that would have completed the series so far. Captain Marvel has been one of my favorite characters/series since I first picked up Issue #9. Even at that point, most people I was following said that it wasn’t worth going back and reading the beginning, that #9 was a good place to start and just to keep going from there. The story before was just too weird. I’m not entirely sure why they said that, now that I’ve actually read the first eight issues. Yes, these were more sci-fi stories than the down-to-earth stuff we have now, but it was still pretty interesting, and really, the time travel story was a fun primer for Carol’s origin. It was certainly a more interesting way of doing it than just showing it to us through some flashbacks. I enjoyed myself when I was reading them! And the robot story was just hilarious. I loved Carol and Monica going back and forth – they are a pretty funny combo.

Final Opinion: Must Read!

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Mini-Opinions – Friday Edition

Continuing with the mini-opinions, which will hopefully be scheduled for Friday and Monday from now on. Plenty of new issues this week, plus a few new series I picked up and others that have been waiting for me to find some time. I’m hoping to get through as many as I can!!

Nova #2

I enjoyed this issue! It was a bit of a filler issue in that we really didn’t meet anyone new (unless you count the very end…) but we did establish that Sam has figured out the helmet and suit and kind of knows how to operate it. We also establish that something went rather wrong with whatever his father was doing, which is why he now has the helmet, and why Rocket Raccoon and Gamora came to him in the first place. I’m kind of curious about the panel with the mother looking out the window…think she knows more than she’s letting on? I wish we had run a little more with the story, but I still liked it overall.

Final Opinion: Solid

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Starting Over From The Beginning (Captain Marvel #1)

I really enjoyed Captain Marvel #9 and #10, so when I was browsing through my downtown comic store, I saw that they had Captain Marvel #1, and I instantly grabbed it. I figured I had to at least try it out!

Artwork wise, I’m not entirely sure about it! I kind of like it…but there are things that bother me as well, and i’m not quite sure I could tell you what. Every panel looks more like a painting, which is very pretty in and of itself…but I’m not sure it lends itself to storytelling quite as well. I don’t know. It just felt like something was a little off, and it might just be because it’s different an unusual compared to what I usually read. Given enough time, I might end up liking it (I almost always end up liking things that are different or quirky) but, given what I know about this series, I’m not entirely sure I’ll have enough time to get to that point!

Storywise, I enjoyed it! Its a very human story about expectations,¬†disappointment, being a hero and meeting your own heros. It felt very human and very grounded. I can’t say that I liked it quite as much as #9, but it was enjoyable! And I would want to pick up the second issue if I can find it at some point! But it’s certainly not going to be a priority…it would just be nice.

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Once More, With Feeling…(Captain Marvel #9 and #10)

Captain Marvel 9

I’ve been hearing good things about Captain Marvel #9, and from everything I could tell, it sounded like a decent jumping in point. Also, I was still looking for my good female superhero story without any luck so far. So I decided to forgo my usual “Must Start At Issue #1” neurosis and picked this one up.

I have to say, the first thing that caught me was the artwork…and not in a good way. I’m pretty sure human eyes aren’t set that far apart from each other for a good majority of people. I mean, I get that it’s a style, but it was totally throwing me off for the first couple of pages. It just seemed so…odd. I eventually got used to it enough to stop noticing, but I’m not sure not noticing the artwork is good for a comic book either!

One thing in its favor, very few poses that I would send in for the Hawkeye Initiative, which is a nice change of pace.

Story-wise, I really enjoyed this one! A simple Day-In-The-Life sort of story with a little superhero-ing thrown in (though dinosaurs tossed into the middle of the street seems a little…out of nowhere. Does that typically happen in Carol Danvers world? She didn’t seem all that fazed…) But all of the other things going on, the cat that needed to go to the vet, the little old lady who she got breakfast for, meeting Wendy, the “Lucky Hat”. It was all really simple stuff, but really, I loved it all. I’m not even sure I can properly explain why. It makes the characters feel real, and that just makes the story more interesting and more meaningful.

Oh, and the ending…that cannot bode well…

Captain Marvel 10

Okay, so this one was kind of a step back, unfortunately. There was still a sort of day-to-day feel, but it didn’t feel quite as interesting. Probably because we were waiting for the medical issue that came up in #9 to rear its ugly little head again as we watched Carol fly and carry subway trains (I’m still not quite sure what was going on with this train – was it falling into a sink hole or a tar pit? Or did the tunnel collapse? I couldn’t figure that out…). You did have to feel bad for her, though. It was obvious she was trying to do anything to avoid thinking about it (why else ask the universe for a distraction?) but everyone around her kept bringing it up.

I kind of like Wendy – she’s adorable in a slightly crazy way. I really hope she sticks around!

Things took a big turn with Deathbird showed up. I had to Wikipedia this girl, because I’d certainly never heard of her before. I’m still trying to figure out why they were calling each other ‘sister’ (Deathbird had sisters…but how does that relate to Carol?). There was no reference to this on Wikipedia, and Carol is really only mentioned once. Deathbird had other sisters…maybe a bit of projection on her part? Anyway, fight ensues, and during the course of the fight Deathbird flies rather high, Carol (against doctor’s orders) flying to catch her, when something goes very wrong and she starts falling back to earth….and that’s where we end. Oh, cliffhanger endings…how I do hate you!

Overall, I like this series. Its certainly not my favorite style of art, but Carol is so grounded in reality that her stories are interesting and I enjoy reading them. I will probably keep looking for other female-driven stories, but I would definitely pick up the next one of this series. I really hope it keeps going like it’s been going!

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