Captain Marvel - Volume 2: Down (Marvel Now) Paperback – 28 May 2013
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The concerns over Carol's illness are well developed and her reaction to the challenges she faces are beautifully realised. The cast of characters are really well defined and it is great to see peripheral female super-characters popping in and out.
Perhaps my only criticism is the artwork on the latter issues, which is good, but compares poorly to the first two issues. That having been said, this wonderful book still warrants a full five star rating.
Here’s why I think her Avengers series is basically the opposite of her Captain Marvel series, and why they differ so much in quality. Avengers Assemble is a series which has volume-length arcs that are self-contained, hence no Volume 1, 2, 3 etc. and anyone can pick them up and enjoy them – it’s great for casual readers. Structurally they’re the standard superhero template of villain wants to take over world/steal something valuable, hero stops them, though DeConnick sprinkles lots of cute moments throughout to make it stand out from the dross. You get to read Avengers talking like witty, contemporary people, cracking jokes, being silly – it’s a fun time and it’s clear that these comics are playing to her strengths as a writer.
Now Captain Marvel. The colourful cast of Avengers is reduced to one and replaced with a dreary band of nobodies that just aren’t interesting. There’s the woman who’s doing a doctorate or something, there’s the little girl who idolises her, and there’s the old lady in the park who feeds the bird. Cripes, that is one boring group! And in a series that is numbered, you want long story arcs that play out and pay off – and DeConnick can’t do it.
Her story in the second volume is a mishmash of unconnected things. She fights a transformer robot in the ocean for some reason, then battles something called Deathbird for way too long (three issues, I think), and discovers she can’t fly due to a brain tumour. There’s not a lot here to get excited about and DeConnick can’t make the reader excited about them with her writing.Read more ›
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THE SPOILER ZONE
THE SPOILER ZONE
Issues #7 & #8 guest-stars the other other former Avenger and Captain Marvel, Monica Rambeau, leading to much good-natured bickering over both their multiple name-changes and who is the `real' Captain Marvel. They are investigating the disappearance of local ships off the coast of Louisiana, when they bump into Frank Gianelli, who used to work for Carole at Woman magazine, and who is investigating structural problems with the local levees. It turns out that there is a giant magnetic-powered robot doing all the damage, the remnants of a robot army the Avengers defeated many years ago in that area. Anyway, the two Captains Marvel get to team up to fight the giant magnetic robot and make jokes.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
can see why carol danvers was chosen to be new captain marvel but surely rick jones or protector would have made more sense.Published on 25 Dec. 2013 by Mr. James S. Edmondson