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Today’s Super Comic — Captain Marvel #1 (2012)

Carol Danvers hasn’t had the smoothest history, but she’s finally in the A-list where she belongs. After her character-rehabilitation in the Ms. Marvel series from ten years ago, she was finally ready to take the name and title she should have had from the start—Captain Marvel, Earth’s Mightiest Hero.

She officially takes the name in Captain Marvel #1 (from 2012, not 2014 or 2016; I miss the days when series would go on for hundreds of issues). It’s basically a tone-setting issue, beginning with a fun romp as then–Ms. Marvel and Captain America take on the Absorbing Man, who amusingly wants to steal a moon rock in hopes it will give him moon powers. Things get a bit more serious later with the true inciting incident for the first storyline—the death of Carol’s hero from her youth (and not a superhero hero).

It’s a solid start that strikes a nice tonal balance. I thoroughly enjoy Kelly Sue DeConnick’s writing style—the dialogue sounds organic, the sense of humor is strong, and there’s a focus on character. All good stuff.

Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick

Artist: Dexter Soy

Cover: Ed McGuinness, Dexter Vines, Javier Rodriguez

Publisher: Marvel Comics

How to Read It: back issues; Marvel Unlimited; Comixology; included in Captain Marvel vol. 1: In Pursuit of Flight (TPB)

Appropriate For: ages 12 and up

Today’s Super Comic — Captain Marvel #14 (2013)

Captain_Marvel_Vol_7_14Yesterday, I noted that the Captain Marvel storyline “The Enemy Within” got off to an excellent start, and I today I confirm that the finale delivers an excellent ending. If you’re looking for great super-heroics, I found it for you. You’re welcome.

This is a relatively recent storyline that shouldn’t be too hard to track down, so I won’t spoil any of the specifics. But it features Captain Marvel behaving exactly as a superhero should, further establishing her as one of Marvel’s best characters. In recent years, Carol Danvers has become the Superman of the Marvel Universe, and the role suits her just fine.

Oh, and the Avengers are in this issue, too. They tend not to magically disappear during their teammates’ solo adventures as often as they do in the movies.

Speaking of movies…I’m completely on board with the recent casting news of Brie Larson as Captain Marvel. We’ve still got a long wait ahead for that film, so tide yourself over with the comics for now. And while this is a great story, start at the beginning of Kelly Sue DeConnick’s run on the character for the optimal reading experience (that would be the #1 that came out in 2012, not the #1 that came out in 2014, nor the #1 that came out in 2016…geez, Marvel, you have a numbering problem).

Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick

Artists: Scott Hepburn and Geraldo Sandoval

Publisher: Marvel Comics

How to Read It: back issues; Marvel Unlimited; Comixology; Avengers: The Enemy Within (TPB)

Appropriate For: ages 10 and up

Today’s Super Comic — Avengers: The Enemy Within #1 (2013)

Avengers_The_Enemy_Within_Vol_1_1The title says “Avengers,” but it’s primarily a Captain Marvel story…and, based on this part, quite a good one. The storyline, which I’m reading for the first time, continues in Avengers Assemble and Captain Marvel, and the first part certainly motivates me to keep reading.

This one-shot establishes a compelling situation—Carol is suffering from a brain lesion that’s at risk of growing every time she uses her powers, particularly when she flies. But there’s always work for Captain Marvel to do, whether it’s searching for a lost elderly woman or battling super-villains, and Carol isn’t one to sit idle.

I love how Kelly Sue DeConnick writes Captain Marvel. Carol’s a bona fide hero without ever ceasing to be a human being. I particularly enjoy Captain Marvel’s banter with Spider-Woman. DeConnick has a great ear for dialogue, and it goes a long way toward making the two sound like genuine longtime friends.

Now I want to go back and catch up on the issues I missed.

Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick

Artist: Scott Hepburn

Publisher: Marvel Comics

How to Read It: back issues; Marvel Unlimited; Comixology; Avengers: The Enemy Within (TPB)

Appropriate For: ages 10 and up