Rating: 4.5/5 – The Sky Is the Limit on Secret Wars’ Battleworld.
by ComicSpectrum EiC Bob Bretall.
Marvel’s Secret Wars tie-ins all set on Battleworld remind me a lot of DC’s Flashpoint mini-series that led into the relaunch New52 universe. Like Flashpoint, they are exploring “what if” views of heroes that while in some senses familiar are fresh takes that turn things we knew on their ear. ALSO like Flashpoint, they’re a mixed bag. Some I really like, I’m indifferent to others, and a few I really dislike, but it’s all personal preference. Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps falls into the “really like” category and I’m glad Marvel is giving writers the chance to tell these innovative stores; the good, the mediocre, and the ugly.
Kelly deConnick & Kelly Thompson tell the tale of a squadron of female fighter pilots, led by Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) who are charged with defending their corner of Battleworld from incursions. Taken as a whole, the various Secret Wars tie-ins are weaving a tapestry that lets us know that something’s fishy in Doomstadt. It’s certainly not essential to read them all, I know I’m not, but each one I read and enjoy adds another bit of information to the big picture, which is a nice added element to the stories. David Lopez does a fantastic job on the art. Clean with an economy of linework that is superbly complemented by the colors of Lee Loughridge (credited on the cover but not on the credits page, for some reason)..
Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps has the single most interesting story thread (for my money) of the Secret Wars tie-ins I’ve read. How high is the sky? Read the issue and you’ll know what I mean by that, but I won’t elaborate here in the interest of not spoiling the story. I’ really looking forward to seeing how this wonderfully crafted series plays out.
Reviewed by: Bob Bretall
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