In the previous issue of Captain Marvel, a mysterious ship attacked the Alpha Flight station, which is Earth’s new main defense against Extra-terrestrial threats. After they defeat the ship, Captain Marvel leads Alpha Flight inside to figure out what’s going on, and that’s where this issue begins.
Captain Marvel 2, written by Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters, feels kind of like a sci-fi horror movies, just without the intentional scares. There’s a creepy yet fun vibe to the whole story as they slowly learn what’s going on with this old and seemingly empty vessel. It’s best left unspoiled what happens since discovering the ship is what makes this issue fun. The dialogue is consistently good, like Puck’s lines about whether people should vomit or not. The scientist, Wendy, is always entertaining with her boundless enthusiasm, which makes her kind of adorable. Of course this kind of issue wouldn’t work without some sort of fight scene, and the fight itself is both fun and leads to a pretty intense cliffhanger.
The art by Kris Anka is great. The ship is dark and creepy looking, with the light reflecting off the walls and [censored for spoilers] in a realistic fashion. Facial expressions do a great job at conveying emotions, whether it’s Wendy’s excitement, Carol’s growing nervousness or Puck’s disgust after he’s slimed at one point. And of course when the action begins, it’s well detailed with laser blasts, the scratches Carol suffers and the various energy powers being used. The colouring by Matthew Wilson is also great. Even in the dark environment, everything is colourful and easy to tell apart.
This is a great comic. The science fiction feel really works for Carol’s character, and Alpha Flight adds a lot to the storytelling and the fun. Captain Marvel fans should pick this up, Alpha Flight fans should pick this up, and Marvel fans who enjoy science fiction should give this a chance.