Saturday, July 21, 2012

JT's Take: Captain Marvel #1

Hey blog readers, In case you've been living under a rock, there's a a new Captain Marvel in town! She's not Billy Batson or Freddy Freeman, but when ya see her you may say SHAZAM! Haha, yeah, I couldn't resist that intro. Anyway, let's jump right into things with the first issue of Captain Marvel!

Captain Marvel #1

Summary: This issue starts off with a big fight with Captain America and a newly costumed Ms. Marvel taking on The Absorbing Man, he's trying to steal a moon rock so he can get... moon powers. Yep... Lol. The Absorbing Man pays more attention to Captain America instead of Ms. Marvel, which proves to be a mistake, since Ms. Marvel is a force to be reckoned with, and also outranks Captain America in the military, which she hilariously mentions. After taking down The Absorbing Man, Cap. tells Ms. Marvel that he thinks she should take the name Captain Marvel, but she says that Captain Marvel is dead and she's taken enough from him already, she won't take his name, but Cap. tells her that his name was Mar-Vell, and she kind of took his name a long time ago. He says Mar-Vell would want her to honor his legacy, but the conversation is cut short when Captain America gets a call from the president. After sparring with Spidey for a bit and asking him a few questions about the name Ms. Marvel and her new costume, Ms. Marvel goes out and flies. She flies into space, all the while recounting her origin and her hero, Helen Cobb. After her flight to deep space and thinking of how her hero would do things, she flies back towards the Earth and proclaims she's "Taking the damn name." The next say, we see Carol taking care of her friend Burke, whom apparently has cancer. She seems to be a fun character, so I'm looking forward to seeing more of her sarcastic jabs with Carol. Carol then discovers that her hero, Helen Cobb has passed away. From there we see a flashback of Carol meeting Helen when she was a bit younger, and we see the two had a bit of a friendly rivalry. The issue ends with Captain Marvel at Helen's funeral, before taking her ashes up into space and releasing them, something that was undoubtedly Helen's final wishes.

Thoughts: First things first, the art in the comic is interesting. Sometimes it seemed kinda odd, other times it was great. I love the design of Captain Marvel's suit, I loved how Cap was drawn, the small things like Carol's posture when she isn't fighting opposed to when she is are pretty well done. Also, the comedy in this comic is great, the little jabs between Carol and Captain America, or her and Spidey, and how stupid yet hilarious The Absorbing Man was really helped my enjoyment of this. Another thing I really enjoyed was the news page at the beginning, talking about how Ms. Marvel was now Captain Marvel and how she was auctioning off her old suit for charity. That shows a great deal of character from that one panel, plus hopefully some super villain will start wearing her Ms. Marvel suit. All in all, I liked this first issue a lot, and I'm definitely on board for the long run.

Score: 8.5/10

Captain Marvel: Three seconds in a museum and you're sound asleep. Why am I not surprised. Next time I'll skip the punching and just read you a book.

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