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  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel - US (17 Jan. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785165495
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785165491
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 1 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Captain Marvel: In Pursuit of Flight (Marvel Now) Volume 1 "Contains material originally published in magazine form as Captain Marvel #1-6"--T.p. verso. Full description

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By 50 Squirrels of Grey TOP 50 REVIEWER on 22 Sept. 2013
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This storyline runs through issues #1-6 of the latest series of Captain Marvel, and is collected as Captain Marvel - Volume 1: In Pursuit of Flight (Marvel Now). The story opens with Ms Marvel (in a new costume) having a conversation with Captain America about whether she should take on the currently vacant title of Captain Marvel, while beating up the Absorbing Man. After beating up Spider-Man in the gym, having a flashback to her first meeting with Helen Cobb, a female pilot who was her inspiration for originally taking up flying, who she discovers, has just died, Carol later flies into space to release the ashes of her lifelong heroine, and accepts the mantle of Captain Marvel. This connection is important, for Helen has left Carol the aeroplane that she made an uncertified altitude record flight in, in her younger days. When carol sets out to replicate the feat in order to prove that it could have been done, she falls into a time-warp and meets her heroine at several stages of her past life. It turns out that Helen had found a fragment of a Kree machine back in the day, and has used it to turn the plane into a time-machine to let Carol relive some of Helen’s experiences – and some of her own. It is a well illustrated and well-scripted story, and a good start to this new series. There is also a sub-plot or two in the present day, bringing in a supporting cast for Carol’s civilian life – though ‘civilian’ includes Jessica Drew, Spider-Woman.

The only problem I had with the story is the motivation for Helen to have done the time-travel thing in the first place. Unless she knew who Carol was from their past encounters, and did it to ‘complete the circuit’, as it were, then I may have missed something here.
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By Sam Quixote TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Jun. 2013
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I've known about Captain Marvel and Carol Danvers for a while just through reading Avengers books, but I've never read a standalone piece featuring the character - and having read "In Pursuit of Flight" I'm in no hurry to pick up another!

Not knowing much about the character beyond her powers and name might have made reading this that much harder to get into as there are characters in this book that aren't introduced as the writer, Kelly Sue Deconnick, assumes you already know about them. Who's Tracy Burke, the old lady with cancer and what's her relation to Carol? Who's Helen Cobb, the dead lady Carol's fixated on and who the entire book revolves around? No idea.

Helen was apparently a hotshot pilot way back when who set some kind of aviation record which Carol wants to break. She hops into Helen's old plane and flies off but somehow the plane sends her back in time to 1943 to a small island off of Peru in the midst of a battle between the Japanese and Americans.

Time travel is really big with Marvel at the moment - their Marvel NOW! titles Fantastic Four and All-New X-Men both feature time travel heavily as does their Event, Age of Ultron, and now this book has time travel as a major plot device too. Come on, Marvel, think of something else!

So anyway Carol's sent back in time for some reason, meets up with an all-female commando squad called the Banshees, and fight some Japanese who've somehow wound up with Kree technology. Like the time travel, it's never explained just how Kree tech wound up here either. Or how they get from the Peruvian island to mainland America and we switch to Helen negotiating plane time for her gals with a piece of Kree tech (again, how...?).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jordan J. Holliday on 29 April 2013
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For too long have female sueprheroes been given the overtly sexist costume, have they been pitted up against second rate villains, until now!.

Captain marvel is the re-invention of Ms Marvel, and an amazing one at that. It captures a sense of frontiership, of exploring the new role of captain marvel as the character does, while at the same time creating a world in which a femal superhero can operate at a brilliaint level without the need to be a subordinate of any male hero (eg supergirl, batgirl etc)

This is highly reccommended, even if you don't know the history of captian marvel, there is a guide at the end of the story to fill you in.

The artowrk inside is differetn than the covers however, so don't expect to see the same artwork.
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Really liked the Ms. Marvel character but Marvel never really seemed to let her reach her potential. Wasn't too keen on her new look as Captain Marvel, but if it increased her popularity was I willing to look over it. And it has. But I don't know why.

The story in this volume isn't exactly world changing, like the stories of 'Earth's Mightiest Hero' ought to be. The dialogue is good, as is the artwork, but the story is a little bit "who care!?"
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By PaulC on 11 Mar. 2013
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Oh, that this title was a sign of things to come from Marvel Now. This is an absolute joy. The storytelling is well structured and extremely intellgent and the art just lovely.

The writer uses Carol Danvers' back story very well, paying tribute to it, whilst using to it to build the basis for a new start for Ms Marvel as Captain Marvel. Even the change in name is handled empathetically.

I agree with everything the other reviewer says- let's just hope that the standard can be continued in this title and that others sit up and really take notice!
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