This issue is amazing. Over the course of Kelly Sue DeConnick’s Captain Marvel run (both this volume and the last), Chewie the cat has been a mainstay. She even brought her cat into space, where Rocket Raccoon immediately started calling it a Flerken and tried to kill it. This led to the best finishing line of the series so far (and that’s saying a lot) with “Nobody steals my flerken cat”. So what happens when Chewie actually turns out to be a flerken?
This issue is full of DeConnick’s wonderful dialogue, making it consistently entertaining and amusing. There are jokes about coffee, making fun of Rocket’s rodent appearance and debates on whether “Cat” is a translatable language. DeConnick really is a master of dialogue and it’s on full display here. The story is far more simplistic than the last 6 issues, and with such heavy subject matter and a smart analysis on what being a superhero really means, a simpler story is a welcome break.
There’s not too much to say about Marcio Takara’s art. It’s simple yet good. Facial expressions do a good job at capturing characters’ moods, and there are bits of visual storytelling that help enhance character moments and the crazy situation by the comic’s end. It’s not amazing, but it’s simple and pleasing to the eye.
This is my favourite comic of the week. While Amazing Spider-Man 6 had the most amusing moment, this comic remains consistently entertaining throughout. Some might find the flerken development a bit off-putting, but there’s always the chance of Captain Marvel making a brief stop at Earth to pick up another cat if Chewie turns out to be too much to handle. If you read Marvel Comics in general, you are doing yourself a disservice by not checking this series out.