In the last issue, Carol Danvers (Captain Marvel) received the news that she had a brain lesion. The doctor recommended that in order to avoid worsening it, she couldn’t fly and had to take it easy with her superpowers. This issue is all about her reaction to the news, and it’s brilliantly written.
Captain Marvel reacts exactly how you’d expect her to, with stubborn denial. She keeps telling her friends and allies that she’s fine, and continues to push herself harder than she should. This comic treats the subject with a great deal of respect. It’s fascinating to see Carol Danvers taking her powers more seriously now that she has to hold back, especially considering how earlier in the series, she showed mild contempt for them.
Despite the somewhat dark nature of this issue however, it still manages to be entertaining and amusing. Writer Kelly Sue Deconnick is likely among the best dialogue writers in the business, and it really shows here. There’s also a great action scene with the villain Deathbird. The art takes a stylistic approach, and while I don’t like it, it works fairly well.
The subject behind this issue hits rather close to home with me. It’s not exactly the same, or at least it doesn’t specifically state so, but cancer has had a strong impact on my life lately. My aunt is a relatively recent cancer survivor, and a few years ago one of my grandmothers also fought cancer. More recently however, I spent time this last Christmas with a man who died a few weeks ago of cancer. He is survived by his wife and his fairly young daughter, who is a friend of my cousins. Admittedly I didn’t know him that well (don’t even know what kind of cancer he had – the subject never came up), but he seems like a nice and fairly intelligent man.
This series continues to be very entertaining. The character work and dialogue is pretty much perfect. This series as a whole is worth checking out for anyone who is interested in learning more about individual Avenger characters, or anyone who is interested in an entertaining, yet still dramatic solo series. Even with an art style that I don’t like, this is still my favourite comic of the week.