Having not read any of Kelly Sue DeConnick’s writing before Captain Marvel, I’m still being impressed by her ability to write dialogue. Every single line feels like it’s coming from a real person, and everyone feels perfectly in character. There are too many good examples to choose from, but my personal favourite in this issue was the Hulk’s “RAAAAA!” followed by Captain Marvel’s “My feelings exactly, Hulk.”
This is the penultimate issue in the 5-part crossover between Captain Marvel and Avengers Assemble, both written by DeConnick. Disgraced Kree warrior Yon-Rogg is causing havoc all over the world as a distraction for his kind of apocalyptic plans. The Avengers spend the bulk of this issue fighting off Kree sentinels, while trying to find Yon’s location. Nearly every single page in this comic has both action and story development, making the most out of its 20 pages as possible.
The art is also good. It’s a generally simple look that still has a lot of environmental detail. The monitors on Captain Marvel’s flying motorbike are complete with a highlighted map, a picture of Yon-Rogg and flight details. It’s this attention to detail that brings these pages to life, even if not every page or panel has that level of detail (and even if the map was probably digitally added). The panels near the end of the comic showcase exactly how tough Captain Marvel is, as she appears both determined and in incredible pain.
While Cable and X-Force was my personal favourite comic of the week, and while Supergirl 22 had the best panel of the week, this issue probably has the highest overall quality. There’s been a lot of talk lately that Carol Danvers deserves a movie in the Marvel Moviverse, and this issue provides strong evidence for that. Even ignoring that, this is simply a great Avengers book. Whether you see yourself as a strong supporter of female superheroes, you’re an Avengers fan or are looking for a comic that’s just plain fun, this is a comic you should read.