Kelly Sue DeConnick, Christopher Sebela, Dexter Soy, Filipe Andrade, 2012
Premise: Collects Captain Marvel #7-12. Carol Danvers is still reeling a bit from her time-travel escapades, but she’s ready to help out her friend Monica Rambeau to determine what’s causing ships to go missing off of New Orleans. Later, are her own powers failing her, or is something more complicated going on?
In this volume, I feel that this book is really hitting its stride. The balance between drama, snark and realism is well-tuned and the character relationships both build on decades of continuity and are easy for me to understand, whether or not I have context. The art isn’t my favorite style, but it generally works pretty well. Cameos by other big guns in the Marvel U are well placed, but don’t take over.
The combination of humor and action in a world full of colorful characters is really what I come to comics for. Throw in a powerhouse like Carol Danvers who you so easily care about - she’s brusque and prickly and snarky and tired and still making it up as she goes along after all this time - and you’ve got yourself a winner.
4 Stars - A Very Good Book