Captain Marvel #1 (Marvel)


CREDIT: Marvel Comics

Rating: 3.5/5 – Carol Danvers & Alpha Flight Protecting Earth from Galactic Threats!
By ComicSpectrum senior reviewer Shawn Hoklas.

As more and more new series launch after Marvel’s line wide Secret Wars event, we’re starting to see how more and more series, characters and overall concepts within the Marvel Universe have changed. The first issue of Captain Marvel is a perfect example of this. A lot of what we’ve known not only of Captain Marvel, but other mainstays of the Marvel Universe have changed and so far we don’t know how or why. For first time readers Captain Marvel does a great job of setting up this first issue, but long time Marvel readers may be confused with just how everything has changed.

In this first issue, written by Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters, Captain Marvel takes on the job of protecting the Earth from inbound threats based on an orbiting space station with the acronym A.F.S.S., or Alpha Flight Space Station. The crew contains Puck, Sasquatch, Aurora, Lt. Commander Abigail Brand, and countless other staff. There are a lot of questions to be answered such as why is Alpha Flight no longer just the Canadian super-team? Where’s S.W.O.R.D.? How long has this station been around? Even with questions left to be answered, Fazekas and Butters tell an entertaining tale that has Carol Danvers dealing with both mundane tasks of running a space station, as well as the action of defending it from galactic threats. I actually found myself enjoying the more mundane parts of her job more than the action, and I hope that’s a large part of this series going forward.  I enjoyed the art by Kris Anka who has a clean style that plays well to all the different characters. That same clean style doesn’t always lend itself as well to some of the more sci-fi elements like the space station or ships themselves, but as a complete package it all worked for me.

This new Captain Marvel series is changing quite a few concepts within the Marvel Universe and although seeing changes like Alpha Flight not defending Canada is something I’m not quite sure I like yet, I enjoyed this first issue enough to give the creative team time to answer all my questions over time.

Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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