In just one week we’ll be getting Marvel’s next big movie, Captain Marvel, so time to double up on comics to get in the mood. Jody Houser and Simone Buonfantino are delivering a much-needed shot of Captain Marvel this week in a special one-shot story celebrating the character. Need a reason to like this character? Read this.
So what’s it about?
Read our preview.
Why does this matter?
This is a great pick up for casual fans who aren’t following Kelly Thompson’s excellent new series or for those who need a little extra. This should also be good for younger readers since two of the protagonists are in high school. Relatable!
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
This is a fun story mixing in an alien invasion attempt with two kids trying to ask a few questions of Carol Danvers. Problem is the alien invasion is really tying Carol up at the moment. As the story bounces back between Carol and the kids, captions help articulate Carol’s heroic internal monologue. Houser does a great job with the message of this story and that’s a lesson we all can value. I won’t spoil it since it’s an emotional moment in the end, but it reflects on Captain Marvel’s past. If you know anything about this character you’ll know her past is quite a dicey subject in the comics. This issue serves as an opening salvo to fans, suggesting we move on and focus on what makes her so great.
Simone Buonfantino’s art along with Erick Arciniega’s colors display a strong looking Captain Marvel. Her flowing blonde hair, a staple of the latest iteration of the character, gives her a sense of strength. The opening pages are epic in scale, showing Captain Marvel unafraid of a giant alien armada ready to attack. The alien technology is impressive to look at too. You’ll never look at a spaceship cannon the same way again.
It can’t be perfect, can it?
Serving as a one-shot for anyone to enjoy it doesn’t do a lot beyond delivering some action and a nice message. Bouncing back and forth between the kids and Carol is well paced, but something more — either in a twist or a moment of certain doom — could have amped up the story and made it more entertaining.
Is it good?
This issue serves as an opening salvo to new fans while also delivering a story to old fans suggesting we move on and focus on what makes Captain Marvel so great. A great one-shot story celebrating Captain Marvel to get you in the mood for the movie.