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Review: Captain Marvel Issue 17 by Travelling Man

 

Written by Kelly Sue DeConnick

Art by Felipe Andrade

Colours by Jordie Bellaire

Letters by VC’s Joe Caramagna

Cover by Joe Quinones

Published by Marvel

£2.40

 

This is the last issue of the book and you should absolute buy it. I can give you five bulletproof reasons why too:

 

-Firstly, this issue tells you everything you need to know about one of the best runs Marvel have put out in years. In 17 issues, Kelly Sue DeConnick hasn’t just made Captain Marvel interesting agin, she’s made her essential. Captain Marvel has finally taken her place as one of the default power players in the Avengers and the moment she did the team became orders of magnitude more interesting. The reasoning behind that is here, with DeConnick’s unwaveringly smart, funny, compassionate take on Carol Danvers. All the bullshit is stripped away, all the years of endless continuity and meaningless reboots. This is a book about Carol Danvers; former air force officer, pilot, superhero and friend.  It’s all here, in an issue told largely from the point of view of Carol’s number one fan and neighbour, Kit.

 

-Secondly, the art is top notch. Jordie Bellaire is one of the elite colourists working today and she’s on top form here, especially in the chilly, bright outdoor sequences whilst  Andrade has a grasp of emotion and character that few artists come close to. There’s a single panel in here where Carol lets her guard down and it’s hugely poignant. Even if you’ve never read the title before, it’s a tough, competent, smart woman trusting someone enough to be honest with them, just a perfect melding of writing and art. Take a look at Caramagna’s lettering too and how it wraps around the script and Quinones’ outstanding work on the cover.

 

-This is a book about a superheroine who has friends, a life, a career and spends remarkably little time basically naked. Carol’s the model for the next stage of superheroines, characters who are characters first rather than spandex wrapped objects of fauxrotic desire.  God knows it’s taken enough time to get here but with DeConnick writing her, Carol has broken through. Without support, books that take this approach will die and we’ll be back to the days of spray on costumes and thigh highs.

 

-This isn’t the end, it’s just the end of the start. Captain Marvel is relaunching shortly and Ms Marvel is on the way too. Not only is that one of the first female spin-offs of a female character bit it sounds great; G Willow Wilson writing a Carol fan who happens to be a teenage muslim. The book promises to balance superheroics with an entirely new character base and a very different cultural perspective. Sounds great and it, and the Captain Marvel relaunch, are two of the things I’m most looking forward to next year.

 

-This is a book that’s very easy to love. Carol is a deeply sympathetic, relatable, fun figure and DeConnick’s wry, gentle but two-fisted approach is huge fun to read. Most importantly? Carol Danvers is human, in the way we are. She’s fragile, off her game and still shows up to defend the people she loves, and who love her, without a second’s hesitation. She’s us if we were superhuman, our very best qualities shown to us by some of the most talented creators in the industry and, weirdly, as you’ll see, shown to Carol too.

 

I love this book. I’m delighted it’s being relaunched and I dearly hope it and Ms Marvel get the audiences they richly deserve. Until then, please, pick this up and if you like it, grab the earlier collections. You won’t regret it. I know I haven’t.

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