CAPTAIN MARVEL AND THE CAROL CORPS #1
Written by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Kelly Thompson
Art by David Lopez
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: June 10, 2015
One of the most highly anticipated Secret Wars tie-ins, let me get this out of the way and say Captain Marvel And The Carol Corps does not disappoint. This high energy issue has some great character work with the action feel of Top Gun…and it’s just the right blend for Carol and her Corps.
Fans of Captain Marvel are going to love this book, as DeConnick, Thompson and Lopez channel the best parts of the monthly series and tweak it with fun opportunities granted by Secret Wars. This is the Carol we all know and love, leading a squadron of Banshees, a group of spirited female pilots that are tough as nails and as fearless as their leader. They are the defence of Hala Field, a region of Battleworld, and the skies are their domain. The joy of flight that has been ever present in Captain Marvel is taken to new heights by David Lopez’s art in this issue and he channels the feel of Top Gun in an awesome way. The issue has some great nods to pop culture like the aforementioned Top Gun and even better references to Captain Marvel’s series, with a fan favourite character playing a central role in inspiring these Banshees to aim higher than they ever have. I had an ear-to-ear grin when the “guest” makes her appearance, and DeConnick and Thompson could not have executed her dialogue better than what is on the page.
With that in mind, the writers really executed all the dialogue very well. This script is tight – there is no wasted time or space – and this issue felt very well rounded when it closed out. There’s a solid mystery and adventure built in these pages with some entertaining characters and the best dogfighting action I’ve seen in comics.
David Lopez’s work is top notch in this issue, and his style drives home that blockbuster-action-flick feeling. His choice of angles makes the dogfighting very interesting and there are many panels in this issue that had my mesmerized. His pencils are rock solid and his colour work drives home the mood of the story very well. There is a shot in particular from behind Carol that is powerful, and the long and short of it is that David Lopez does damn good work in this comic. These women, Carol included, are expressive and never objectified. At no point can their toughness be questioned, yet there is a grace to Carol as she soars through the sky as well. This is some of the best work I’ve ever seen from Lopez and I have been a fan for a long while.
Captain Marvel And The Carol Corps #1 is a rock solid comic that will win over a lot of people with a great story and fantastic artwork. There’s a lot of fun in this issue and the seeds for a fun adventure to drive the series forward. This is a must read for fans of Carol Danvers, and for anyone who has been enjoying the storytelling freedom Secret Wars has provided. You won’t be disappointed by Carol or her Corps.
The Verdict: 9.0/10