Captain Marvel #3 (Comics Review)

The first two issues of this newly relaunched Captain Marvel series, featuring Carol Danvers in the titular role, have seen writer Kelly Sue DeConnick establish the character in her new environment, as a Cosmic Avenger. We got to see that very strongly in the first issue, and the second took some time off to focus on the character and her new friends, the Guardians of the Galaxy, which included an awesome debate between Carol and Rocket Raccoon as to whether Carol’s cat was a cat or a damned flerken. I’ve loved both these issues so far, which have been better than the first two issues of DeConnick’s previous run on the series, and I feel that we have good, strong issue here.

Captain Marvel #3 takes the time this month to set out the political landscape of the galaxy in the wake of the galactic wave of genocide perpetrated by the Builders during last year’s Infinity event. And we also get quite a bit of insight into the character of Tic, who is one of the refugees of this genocide who were located to the planet Torfa, a planet that has turned out to be very inhospitable. In the midst of all the ongoing diplomatic wranglings we have Captain Marvel as an agent of the Galactic Alliance, trying to get both sides to agree, and to get her flerken cat back.

Captain Marvel v2 03The new issue picks up from where the previous one left off and we get some really cool action scenes as the alien Tic attacks the Guardians’ ship and tangles with Carol herself, who is really ticked off that Tic stole her ship and thus also her cat from her. There’s a nice amount of… debriefing afterwards as Carol verbally lays into Tic about how she is not a warrior and so on, which leads into a discussion of how to resolve the tensions at Torfa, since the Galactic Alliance is strongly urging the refugee colonists to abandon the planet and the refugees refuse to leave. We get some nice bit of political tension in the story, especially one Carol arrives on Torfa and meets with the refugee leadership, leading to some really creepy scenes as the refugee leader… educates Carol about what is happening on the planet.

There’s a lot to like about this issue, starting with the action in the first half. In the first issue we saw lots of action when Carol’s ship came under attack by a bunch of space pirates, but the second issue focused on character development far more than any serious physical action. And this time we get a really nice mix of the two, and the balance was indeed handled well by DeConnick, with the clear delineation that the first half has all the physical action and the second half has all the major character development, plus some verbal action as the emissaries of the Galactic Alliance are huffled off of Torfa by the refugee leadership.

Carol remains one of the best elements of this series, which is fitting since she is the titular character, but DeConnick also gives the Guardians a nice outing here once again. It is doubtful whether they will be showing up soon again after this issue, but all the same, given that the Galactic Alliance is led by the Spartax and Star Lord is the estranged blood-heir to the throne of Spartax, I have a feeling that they just might get involved. Seeing Carol’s interactions with all the characters around her is also quite rewarding since DeConnick really mixes things up and shows how Carol is trying to be a “think first, act later” person despite her instincts otherwise. All I can say is that she has a nice handle on the character, and I like that.

Once again, we have David Lopez on the artwork here with Lee Loughridge handling the colours and VC’s Joe Caramagna handling the letters. The artwork in general is much better than it has been in the last couple issues, although some of Lopez’s expression work is still problematic and just… weird. But, the art also has a very smooth feel to it this time, and once we get to Torfa, both Lopez and Loughridge really get to flex their art muscles with all the different alien species on display, plus the general locales on the planet.

A slightly better issue overall than the previous one and a good, fun read that is also quick. I enjoyed it.

Rating: 9/10

More Captain Marvel: #1, #2.

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Posted on May 16, 2014, in Comics Reviews, Review Central and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

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