Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps #3

Following the explosive conclusion from the previous issue, writers Kelly Sue DeConnick and Kelly Thompson send Banshee Squadron on the run, but the Baroness of the Hala Field issues a pursuit and the issue spins into air skirmish chaos. Artist David Lopez, colorist Lee Loughridge and letterer Joe Caramagna provide the visuals to match the Kellys' tale in "Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps" #3.

Lopez and crew bring artwork that has hints of jet age jazziness, and -- though Lopez refrains from going over the top with art deco influence -- he does squeak in some streamlined concepts and drawing board darling ideas. Lopez's characters and settings are detailed and expressive and he brings a nice, wide, diverse range of characters to these panels, leaving a number of the panels open as Carol and Banshee Squadron take to the skies.

Loughridge provides colors for those open spaces, choosing to add emotion and atmosphere through color choices that include greens, teals, oranges and yellows. To balance the bold backgrounds, Loughridge frequently mutes the tones of Carol's uniform and even renders the entire foreground in shadowy hues to enhance the secret mission aspect of this story as Carol and her Corps continue their attempts to crack open the unknown. Caramagna's work is made easy, as the letterer has to adapt minimalist dialogue and action-packed sound effects throughout the issue. The word balloons fall into the best possible positions throughout and put a fine finishing coat on the visuals.

The story is quick and decisive as Banshee Squadron crosses a line that cannot be uncrossed. DeConnick and Thompson stow the doubt and second-guessing and bolster the confidence of every member of Banshee Squadron, giving readers plenty of incentive to strap in for a dogfight like no other. Wrapping up the story of Helen's void-bound flight and leaping into the quest for answers, the writers have plenty of opportunity to expand on the characters' personalities and do not limit themselves to just Carol. They do provide Carol with the most development, however, and show the reader the scope of Captain Marvel's compassion and determination.

Just as they point the story in an upward direction, DeConnick and Thompson deliver an eyebrow raiser of an ending with a final panel depicting the "that" of Carol's interrogative a few panels earlier. Next issue promises to be a doozy of a fight. "Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps" #3 is a transitional issue, shifting from setup to delivery as well as from planning to doing. The status quo changes from the start to the end of this issue and, judging by that final panel, the changes aren't done yet. This has been a fun extension of the Carol Danvers mythology and this issue ratchets things up a notch as DeConnick, Thompson, Lopez, Loughridge and Caramagna embed the series deeper into the "Secret Wars" saga.

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