"Captain Marvel" #2 starts off a new arc which lets Kelly Sue DeConnick and Dexter Soy cut loose with the character and push the high action to the front. The result is a book that exemplifies the bombastic nature superhero books have always done so well. Behind it all, DeConnick is letting the character heart of this title keep beating with a steady rhythm. This is the right mix of smart and flat out enjoyable every superhero comic should be.
Character motivation seems to be one of the things DeConnick wants to infuse into every scene and action. Carol Danvers is a hero deconstructed as DeConnick quickly makes her rise above the new name and costume and be a hard headed woman who drives the narrative with her personal actions as much as her Herculean ability. It is refreshing and appealing to read a comic completely centered on a female lead who is only concerned with her own tale. Her troubles are her own and they aren't pandering or trivial, they are just as large and amazing as you can find in any other title.
Danvers' strong head puts her in a situation fraught with danger as she flies an old plane as high as she can to honor an old friend. This situation shows Carol's tenacity in the face of loyalty but it quickly segues into her personal doggedness as she continues to push the plane ever higher. This ridiculously unnecessary move leads a series of events which cause her plane to seemingly travel back in time. The rest of the comic then becomes an island WWII tale of female two-fisted savagery because, of course, Carol runs into the path of an all-female Air Service Pilots group kicking ass and taking names in the middle of the fray. This plot is crazy enough to be something you'd expect to find in a Marvel issue from the '60s and it is refreshing to see it brought to life now. There is grand action and pseudo Sci-Fi chicanery at work.
Dexter Soy proves himself a great match for this title. He delivers a Carol Danvers to be remembered long after his run ends. He also works the action and the motion of all the sequences incredibly well. The major fault is Soy's vistas which lack the clarity and pop he brings to his protagonist. One major double-page spread feels considerably different and doesn't enhance the scope as it should. Overall, he brings a unique take to the character, and a superhero comic in general, and this change of pace is working within the tighter scenes.
"Captain Marvel" #2 is a hell of a superhero ride. Carol Danvers gets to both play a nuanced and interesting character as well as a superhero. This is not always the norm and so to see it here is exceptionally pleasing. For time travel and WWII fun mixed in with even more surprises, this comic brings everything it sets out to. DeConnick and Soy might just be bringing us the greatest turn this character has seen in decades. If you missed #1, you can and should definitely buy in on this issue. A really fun superhero tale awaits.