The last issue ended with Carol Danvers leaving to explore the galaxy in order to rediscover herself (after sacrificing her memory to save the world in volume 1). It’s a long story that’s best explained by saying, “if you haven’t read Kelly Sue DeConnick’s previous Captain Marvel run, you should”. Even though it’s a second issue, it’s actually a great starting point for anyone interested in checking out Captain Marvel. It doesn’t hurt that it’s a very entertaining comic.
Captain Marvel 2 kicks off with Carol flying through interplanetary space, the cosmic equivalent of international waters. The only passengers onboard are the comatose green alien from last issue and her “flerken” cat, Chewie. And of course being interplanetary space, there are jerks acting as if they own it. Cue the opening fight scene.
The rest of the issue has the captain meeting up with the Guardians of the Galaxy, complete with DeConnick’s realistic and often hilarious dialogue worthy of legend. Rocket’s reaction to the cat is a highlight. Tensions rise soon enough as the comatose alien awakes, capping off the issue with a bit of a teaser and a final line that is so Carol Danvers.
The art is also great. It’s a simple, clean look that’s often colourful. Being in space and uncluttered space ships, there isn’t a whole lot of environmental detail to be had, but it makes up for that with excellent use of facial expressions and body posing. The action scene also flows smoothly and it’s easy to follow despite taking place in space.
This is my favourite comic of the week, maybe even by far. If you haven’t yet checked out the title that spawned the dedicated Carol Corps, here’s your chance to learn what the buzz is about. Here’s your chance to try an Avengers character that totally deserves a movie.