April 19, 2024

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Noteworthy Issues: Captain Marvel #1 (October, 2023)

Carol Danvers flies into action with a new look in a new series.

Jenny loves Captain Marvel, but from my vantage point, Carol has had so many series relaunches that I am not even sure where to start.

With that in mind, I opted for the first issue of her latest.

Issue:  Captain Marvel #1, October 2023

Writer:  Alyssa Wong

Artist:  Jan Bazaldua

The Plot:  Carol Danvers has a new series, a new costume, and a new status quo.

Commentary:  Yeah, this series is probably not going to be working for me, and it all comes down to how the first few pages were paced.  Opening with an action sequence is fine, but this one sees Carol flying low over the city when someone or something drops a skyscraper out  of thin air.  Carol manages to catch it, but then she’s approached by a winged woman calling herself The Omen.  Said woman says to Carol that she always wanted to meet Captain Marvel only for Carol to promptly blast her.

Why?

Did Carol know The Omen was a villain here?  Because there’s nothing in the dialogue, as written, that suggests The Omen is the villain here.  Carol just assumed the woman dropped the building out of the sky.  Granted, Carol is 100% correct, but much of the dialogue here is a bit like that:  I was never 100% sure why anyone was doing anything.  That’s not always a bad thing.  The creators might have something long term that they want to set up.  Carol and her new unwilling partner (more on that if I review the second issue) don’t know much about each other, but they’re going to have to get along for the foreseeable future.

But the opening scene throws the reader into an action scene with very little context that where, again, I wasn’t even sure how Carol knew the bad guy was the bad guy.  Not enough build-up before the photon blasts start ringing out, ya know?  Combine that with the new partner Yuna Yang not really striking me as all that interesting, and I don’t think I’ll be even reading the next issue let alone reviewing it.  I’ve liked some of the Captain Marvel comics I have read of late.  This issue, and potentially the series that follows, not so much.

Grade:  C