She can’t fly without causing a brain hemorrhage, she’s being personally attacked by a mysterious enemy and worst of all, she might have to move. Captain Marvel has had it rough lately in her solo series, and all of her serious issues are handled very well. Even so, Captain Marvel remains to be a very entertaining series and this is no exception.
This is part 3 of 5 in Kelly Sue DeConnick’s The Enemy Within crossover. A lot of the current story is revealed in this issue as the Avengers team finally have a chance to sit down and strategize. DeConnick’s dialogue is her strongest point as a writer, and it’s never clearer than in this issue. Each character feels more like a real person than a fictional character, with their own subtle characterization with every word they speak. This issue also does a great job at explaining Carol Danvers’ current situation to Avengers Assemble readers without boring her regular readers.
The action is great. Kree sentinels are starting to pop up across the world, and several quick but satisfying fight scenes follow. Thor’s short fight in particular is awesome since you don’t even need to see the end result to know exactly what happened. The art is also very good. It’s a deceptively simple look that has plenty of background detail that helps emphasize the kind of hurry the Avengers are in.
So far, this is the best crossover I’ve read in the last 12 months. While it’s not exactly on a grand scale, having a relatively small scale crossover works in its favour. It retains a strong focus on character development and fun. There’s a great mix of Avengers and backup characters and each of them have their own role to play in the story, major or minor. If you pick up only one Avengers comic this week, I’d strongly recommend this one.