Written by Kelly Sue DeConnick
Art by Emma Rios
Release Date: October 17, 2012

The time travelling saga of Carol Danvers continues in Captain Marvel #5, and while we have a fill-in artist for the first time in the series , we also have Kelly Sue DeConnick’s scripting getting stronger and stronger by the issue.

DeConnick has a fantastic voice for Carol Danvers. Carol is strong, confident and has a great foil in this book in Helen. The two are like Butch & Sundance, in every good way possible, and I really enjoy reading the banter DeConnick writes between them. DeConnick’s greatest strength is how real her dialogue reads, and this issue is proof of that. The two primary characters trade barbs and information in what reads as real conversation, not the typical stoic “comic dialogue”, which leads to a book that feels lifelike even though what is occurring is bizarrely fantastical. This is a time travel book, so we’ve got some of the issues that go along with any time travel book, but DeConnick’s focus has been more character driven than event driven, which I enjoyed greatly. Carol and Helen are the primary focus here, with time travel being a factor of their adventure, not then entire focus of what is going on. This is a tight issue with great pacing, great character moments, and an enjoyable story.

Emma Rios provides solid art in this issue, though I must say I did find it to be a jarring transition from Dexter Soy’s very unique style. This is a minor quibble, and Rios brings an elegance to Carol that Soy does not, so it was nice to see that angle be applied to her character. Rios and DeConnick have great chemistry, this is apparent with how easily the issue flows and how well the art compliments the script. This book is right in Rios’ wheelhouse (which appears to be damn near anything), and she steps up and delivers great visuals to go with an entertaining script. This is an issue that is extremely easy on the eyes, has great panel layouts and flow, and is just a straight up enjoyable comic.

If you aren’t picking Captain Marvel up, you are missing a title that really was the first Marvel NOW! book. Even though it lacks the banner, it embraces what the initiative is meant to be, and has maintained a very high level of quality for five issues.

Verdict: 8.0/10


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