Captain Marvel #2 Review and Insights

There is a fair amount to describe here, and some of the insights and points of interests in the art and character conflicts are listed in this review. Spoiler Warning! This review contains some spoilers for Captain Marvel #2 (under the All New, All Different Marvel comics letterhead).

Captain Marvel #2 Cover

  • Astronauts stand to attention, looking to the top right
  • Cover characters are diverse, from all different backgrounds
  • Captain Marvel herself stands closest to the viewer
  • All astronauts salute here, except for the Alpha Flight member holding the flag
  • The flag has half of Captain Marvel’s Hela star, plus an Alpha Flight logo

This cover captures everything readers need to know about Captain Marvel’s new position, and her character. She’s a leader, and she’s a character with close ties to the audience. She’s forward-thinking. Staring off to the right, in the direction of the comic – the direction readers will be reading the story – establishes her as forward thinking.

She stands closest to reader, at the front of the astronauts. Together, they evoke the Carol Corp, a team, and a  concept, built up in her recent story arcs. Alpha Flight’s matching uniforms helps convey this close tie. The corp dress in Captain marvel costumes. This comic continues that relationship.

Artwork

  • Light and shadow are prominent
  • Green colours, purple colours, and primary colours set tone
  • Comical body language breaks up tense moments

Captain Marvel and Alpha Flight explore a derelict spaceship, and the darkness of these scenes builds mystery and tension. Purple light, and Green light are signposts. They point out where dangerous alien technology is prominent.

It’s a warning to the characters.

Scenes on the Alpha Flight space station are in full colour. Red, blue, and yellow spark up in these scenes. Safety vs Danger plays out this way. Wendy Kawasaki is a character enthused about exploring. Her shifting, comical body language offsets the super heroes tense posture.

Character Conflict

  • Captain Marvel is very protective of Wendy
  • In another sense, Aurora looks out for Sasquatch
  • Several of these Canadian heroes have a history, and it shows
  • Agent Brand is generally frustrated in Captain Marvel #2

Wendy’s enthusiasm cuts through the tone of this comic. What would have been a more dark wander down spaceship corridors blossoms into an adventure. The science fiction element is subverted when Puck, Aurora, and Sasquatch (who is furry, tall, and in space – Chewbacca) pick up on Wendy’s conversation points. Romance even sparks between two of the Alpha Flight old guard.

Insights

What begins as a crashed-alien-ship exploration story, shouting out to Alien and Deadspace, changes into a mystery set up and launched into space. Some scenes are even reminiscent of Star Trek: The Next Generation episodes.

There’s a lot for Captain Marvel to do here. Agent Brand deals with a more tedious interrogation, however. Frustration does not take Brand’s attention away from the health of her new crew. Wendy and Carol specifically, will need her help to escape from new and unexpected dangers.

There is a small Wizard of Oz tie here Puck and Sasquatch become like the Tin Man and Scarecrow when they go in search of the “Heart” and “Brain” of the lost spaceship.

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Captain Marvel #2. Published by Marvel Comics.

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Captain Marvel #17: Comics Review

Captain Marvel #17: “I Am Captain Marvel”

(This review contains spoilers: some key plot points and character developments are described)

Memory is essential to character, but in the wake of character amnesia story arcs, where characters forget who they are, readers might be concerned what new directions a character might travel in following their forgetfulness. My reaction to reading Captain Marvel #17‘s opening pages was a little fear that Captain Marvel – AKA Carol Danvers – might change into something unfamiliar. Thankfully, Carol has good friends who help her rebuild the gaps in her memory. The comic itself is positive, with great themes, and strong action scenes.

Cover artwork from http://kellysue.tumblr.com

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