Avenging Spider-Man #9

"Avenging Spider-Man" #9 gives readers a brief peek into the world of Carol Danvers -- the new Captain Marvel -- as she agrees to provide a flight for her pal, Peter Parker, on a two-seater plane that Carol recently purchased.

Through this twist on heroes sharing a flight, Kelly Sue DeConnick enables Peter Parker and Carol Danvers to share some secrets and get to know each other a little bit better in that awkward, long-car-ride-with-someone-who's-more-acquaintance-than-friend kind of way. Spidey and Carol have teamed-up and even dated, but sitting next to Carol in a small plane completely removes Spider-Man from his comfort zone. DeConnick uses that edge to provide more panel time for the newly-christened Captain Marvel. DeConnick clearly has ideas for Danvers and shares some of them here, but at the base of this story is a simple, by-the-numbers Marvel Team-Up.

The setting is an odd choice for a team-up, but throw in Generic Villain (who doesn't even have a name and comes complete with authorities chasing her down) as well as good art from Terry and Rachel Dodson and you've got a fun comic. It's not a particularly memorable comic or a must-have for collectors, but it's fun and makes for some enjoyable reading.

The Dodsons supply their standard-issue, richly detailed, stylized art. Pete and Carol are mere steps from supermodel-level beauty, but look good carrying that burden. Luckily for all parties, the scenes featuring a plane's interior and the Zakim Bridge enables the visual creative team to celebrate the characters in this comic. Edgar Delgado is turned loose to color two of the most brilliantly-garbed heroes in the Marvel Universe and does a great job making this book fun to look at.

That's the key to this book, just as it was for "Marvel Team-Up" decades ago: fun. "Avenging Spider-Man" is the closest thing to a revival of "Team-Up" that we're going to get and stories like this are exactly the kind that should fill its pages. This issue is the first of a two-parter, but it packs enough of a complete story to entice readers to return for more.

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