I’m no fortune teller, but I’d wager Carol Danvers is going to be a name on many people’s minds after her March debut in the Marvel movie universe. It’s one reason why the formidable creative team of Kelly Thompson and Carmen Carnero is on the new series. Part 2 of the “Re-Entry” series drops today and Carol must enter an apocalyptic world not unlike Mad Max’s.
So what’s it about?
The official summary reads:
REVOLUTION! The classic Fantastic Four villain MAHKIZMO has taken over Manhattan’s Roosevelt Island and turned it into an apocalyptic wasteland! When CAPTAIN MARVEL ends up trapped there and cut off from the rest of world (including any Avengers-shaped reinforcements!), she’ll need to build her own team out of allies, old and new – SPIDER-WOMAN, HAZMAT, ECHO and a man known only as SOM – in order to start a revolution to free the island’s civilian inhabitants. With that kind of backup, Mahkizmo should be toast – but not everything is what it seems on this island… Rated T+
Why does this matter?
This is good character storytelling. The first issue was proof of that via the dialogue that drew you in. Plus, Carol and Rhodey are back to flirting and Carol is taking a new direction with her super heroics in part thanks to Iron Man.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
This issue reveals a rather clever premise zapping Carol into some kind of pocket dimension of the Roosevelt Island part of New York. She hasn’t left Earth, but it’s somehow inaccessible to other heroes and also moving forward in time faster too. As the cliffhanger showed Carol is meeting up with a few other heroes (all of whom are female) and fighting a misogynistic villain. He calls himself Nuclear Man but was formally Mahkizmo (get it, machismo?) and he’s gross as hell. Carol and the other heroes trapped in the barrier are basically fighting toxic masculinity incarnate, which gives the book a message on top of the action.
And there is a lot of action. The book opens with Captain Marvel beating up a super baddy, then later going to war. It’s fun to see Thompson show Carol as a leader with a good portion of the book focused on Carol tacking account the base she must defend and the resources she has. It’s her leadership skills that set her apart from most heroes and it’s nice to see that be a focus here.
Carnero’s art, with Tamra Bonvillain’s colors and Clayton Cowles letters, are strong. There’s a lot of superhero punching amongst the rubble in this wasteland and Carol looks all kinds of heroic when need be. There’s a great close up of Carol at one point from her nose down to her fists that’s heroic and badass and it’s nice to see her floating with ease.
It can’t be perfect, can it?
That portion of the book following Carol inside the base and catching herself up runs long at 7 or so pages. I was losing my patience hoping for something other than exposition in these scenes even if they’ll be important later. This leads to a big action sequence that also has a slight issue.
The threat to the end the book isn’t visualized very well. We’re told what it is and when we see it for the first time it’s bathed in Carol’s light. It’s a cool image, but the battle is mostly mid to close up shots further hampering how large of a threat Carol and her compatriots are dealing with. It left me a bit confused when it comes to the weight of the situation.
Is it good?
A good second issue that focuses on Carol’s leadership skills as well as what she’s dealing with inside the barrier. The first issue blew me away and this section issue captures the leadership and guiding light of Carol Danvers. A reminder that Captain Marvel is a leader and an inspirational one.
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