In the previous issue, the Carol Corps decided they didn’t quite believe in the world they grew up in, and they decided to seek the truth by reaching the sky’s limit. It ended with Helen Cobb flying earlier than planned, followed by her modified plane blowing up. Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps 3 starts exactly where issue 2 left off.
The team’s search for the truth is what drives the story more than anything else, and it’s a fun read at that. The explosion causes Carol’s superior (the domain’s Baroness) to grow very suspicious about what’s going on. As a result, the Carol corps must either begin their trip in a hurry or abandon it and hope they don’t face consequences. This leads to a pretty tense issue, a fun action scene and a cliffhanger that promises a lot of trouble in issue 4. The writing team of Kelly Sue DeConnick and Kelly Thompson is fantastic. The plot moves fast, but there’s still plenty of room for character development and drama. The dialogue feels real and brings the occasional laugh, a common trait for DeConnick’s work.
The art by David Lopez matches the tone perfectly. The action scenes flow smooth, whether it’s Carol rescuing Helen Cobb from her plane’s explosion or the dogfight after the Carol Corp’s leave the base. Facial expressions capture character’s moods well; Helen Cobb’s grin during the dogfight is awesome, as is James Rhodes’s look of terror while Captain Marvel carries him while flying over the ocean. There’s also a good amount of environmental detail, including all of the team’s supplies after they land outside their domain, the base full of lockers and beds, and the motion blurs during the dogfight. The colouring by Lee Loughridge always tints to fit the mood, whether it’s the orange panels during Cobb’s plane explosion, the darkened military base and the blue sky during the night-time dogfight.
Captain Marvel fans should be reading this; it’s very similar in tone to DeConnick’s Captain Marvel series, even if the themes and story is different. Furthermore, it’s a story about a military squad seeking the truth after being bombarded by Doom’s propaganda all their lives. If that interests you, this mini-series is worth picking up.