writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick / artist: David Lopez
Let’s get this out of the way, the battle above the occupied planet in this issue is really cool. We got to see (in flashes) the baddassery of Carol Danvers in her element as she fights off the Spartax fleet single-handed. Her pledge in the opening of the book is great also as it sounds familiar to her pledge at the end of issue #5, especially as you realize she’s saying it directly to the invading force. But while this is very much a Captain Marvel book, the greatness of this issue is that she takes a back seat to the ancillary characters by giving them their time to shine. And DO. THEY. SHINE.
For a book that I have unashamedly gushed about, I can definitely say that this was the best issue of the arc. And I’m not sure it’s all that close. The main action takes place mostly on the ground with the Madam President Elianides trying to keep her people from feeding into the antagonizing actions of the Spartax ground forces (ahem). She’s the star of this particular issue. Her leadership and command over so many moving pieces and people is handled so well and paced throughout the book, that the one time humbler of Carol became such a likable character by the end of this arc. But this book is full of likable characters. Tic comes back in a big way but how could you not love Jackie? Seriously, if there is any failure in this book, it’s that if the Carol is going off to uphold justice somewhere else, that we won’t be able to interact with these characters anymore. Hopefully that’s not the case because their development over the last few issues paid off big time in this finale.
As I’ve said before, this book’s greatest strength to me is it’s balance and pacing. A large part of that is how consistent the art is. Action and emotion are conveyed convincingly inside of a yellow hued color palette. It’s like a signature for the look of this book, much like green was for the Matrix movies. Just really well done throughout.
I can’t say enough good things about this new Captain Marvel book and I’m probably teetering into Kelly Sue stalkish territory. My love affair for this book aside, they saved the best for last in this first arc of Carol Danver’s newest adventure and it’s definitely one of Marvel’s best books.