Chain Reactions | Captain Marvel #1

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Chain Reactions | <i>Captain Marvel #1</i>

Marvel’s new Captain Marvel revival features a familiar character taking over the mantle of another familiar character, as Carol Danvers, once known as Ms. Marvel, launches into a new title by writer Kelly Sue DeConnick and artist Dexter Soy. How does the first issue measure up? Here are just a few opinions from around the web. Let us know what you thought of it in the comments section.

George Marston, Newsarama: “For the last five or six years, starting with her solo ongoing series by Brian Reed, Carol Danvers has been Marvel’s premiere female character. And why not? She’s always had a great look, a strong personality, and a rich history. However, it seems like she’s failed to stick with a larger audience. Maybe it’s because, despite her characterization, she’s never filled a specific niche. No matter how you boil it down, she’s always been the female version of a male hero. With Captain Marvel #1, Carol has successfully made the jump from being a gender-switch of a character who hasn’t regularly appeared in comics for over 30 years to fully owning her identity.” (7/10)

Ali Colluccio, iFanboy: “DeConnick’s Carol Danvers is a driven and determined woman. She’s constantly pushing herself to do better, to work harder, to ‘punch holes in the sky.’ But she’s also kind and giving. Carol has the selflessness that truly good superheroes have. DeConnick has written some wonderful character moments in this issue. She very quickly establishes Carol as likeable and easy to identify with, even though she’s a superhero power-house.” (4/5)

Matthew Santori-Griffith, Comicosity: “This issue is indeed the brand new start I was hoping for, but DeConnick doesn’t treat Carol Danvers as anything less than a stalwart, long-time Avenger. She’s confidant, a bit witty, a little introspective, and seriously kickass. This initial story doesn’t seem to thrust the Captain into much of an exciting adventure, but it does a good job at setting up her status quo and introducing cast members without seeming perfunctory. You get enough of her origin to roll with, but for the most part, the issue ends with quiet moments that tell you more about personality than power set — brains over brawn.” (8/10)

Steve Morris, The Beat: “She simply doesn’t come across as particularly compelling just from these two ideas, or at least these two ideas as presented here. Essentially a one-shot, Captain Marvel #1 doesn’t give readers any idea as to where the story might be going from here. Once you reach the end, you come out knowing just as much about Carol Danvers as you did going in. There’s no development for her, and no defining ideas or characterisation in her. Her new costume makes her a more dynamic and interesting visual, but there’s just nothing going on here. I really wanted this book to be good, because the character has always seemed like she should be much more notable and entertaining than she turns out to be. But she’s just not there yet.”

Gilbert Short, Multiversity Comics: “The art, provided by Dexter Soy is a great fit for a cosmic character like Captain Marvel, and I hope to see him in more space/swashbuckling adventure with Carol for the foreseeable future. The wide open negative space works really well with Soy’s style, and the pages that do take place in space shine the brightest in the book itself. There are two pages in particular that stand out, splash pages set against the backdrop of space, that are absolutely breathtaking. If that’s any indication of the direction of the series, you can sign me up.” (7.5/10)

James Hunt, Comic Book Resources: “It’s a shame that this didn’t click with me, because I’m a big fan of the character and was hoping for something to be enthusiastic about. Instead, this is an odd issue that delivers its best material early then doesn’t seem to build to any kind of point. Unlike Danvers’ previous series, which had a clear (if vaguely-defined) hook of her attempt to become an A-list superhero, this one spends more time trying to figure out the character’s nature than convincing readers that there’s a story coming. It probably makes sense from the perspective of a creator to spend time establishing the framework and testing her boundaries, but as someone who’s already invested in the character, I can’t help feeling that I’d rather read a comic about what she does, not who she is.” (2.5/5)