writer: Kelly Sue Donnick; art: David Lopez
With the (very much deserved) hype of the Ms. Marvel book and the seemingly endless crossover events that the Avenger books go through, it’s pretty easy for Earth’s Mightiest Hero to get lost in the wash. That would be a shame though as following Carol Danvers through her first three issues of her new book has been a pretty worthwhile read. Dealing with direct fallout of the Builders invasion, Danvers begins this issue avoiding the attacks of her own ship, piloted by the very refugee she was trying to save. Donnick takes the “I’m only trying to help you” savior complex and turns it on its ear, when Danvers is confronted by an elder of the refugees and who puts all her congratulatory hero complex to shame. It’s a very quick kick to the ribs for Danvers, and sets up the true investment that she’ll have to carry for these people who are sick, dying and without a true home.
In general, Donnick might be the perfect person to handle Danvers and her witty dialogue in her deft hands. The book has a nice balance of levity and action, giving all sides of Danvers personality without a smirk or hair out of place.
Last but not least, the art is pretty effective as well. The many facial expressions of Danvers, the energy created characters like Tic and Rocket really fill the panels without it ever feeling too busy or crowded. If the first three issues are any indication, Captain Marvel is a book that should feel pretty comfortable in your pull list.