MCKELVIE!

Captain Marvel #7

Written by Kelly Sue DeConnick & Chris Sebela

Art by Dexter Soy

Review by Joey Braccino

Let me start by saying I love so many things about this comic book: the Jamie McKelvie cover, the heavy-metal digital-artwork of Dexter Soy, planes, the character dynamic between Captains Marvel, Monica Rambeau and Carol Danvers, perfectly captured by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Chris Sebela’s script. Captain Marvel has quickly filled the superheroic void in my comic book heart left in the wake of Marvel NOW’s obliteration of my old pull-list. It has earned its place as one of the best Marvel solo-series on the stands right now (next to Fraction’s Hawkeye and Wait’s Daredevil), and that Kelly Sue has succeeded in establishing a strong female lead at the book’s core is a testament to her abilities as a writer and Marvel’s commitment to diverse storytelling.

With that gushy stuff out of the way, let’s get into issue #7. Dexter Soy returns after Emma Rios’ stunning two-parter, and his heavy digital inks and hyper-stylized artwork returns the series to its earlier hard-hitting, action-packed mood. Newcomer Soy has really hit his stride on this book; while his style is perfectly suited to intense action sequences and explosions, Soy flexes his design muscle as issue #7 captures more intimate, nuanced character beats between Rambeau, Danvers, and Frank “I used to be in the original Ms. Marvel series back in the ‘70s” Gianelli. One striking panel sees Rambeau storm off after an argument, and Dexter gracefully illustrates her long trenchcoat waving behind her as she turns over her shoulder to deliver one final quip. Stunning.

Kelly Sue DeConnick shares writing duties with Chris Sebela this issue. Perhaps it’s due to the shipping schedule or some other scripting issue, but there are no apparent hiccups in the action of the book or the dialogue or any stylistic discrepancies between this issue and previous entries. DeConnick and Sebela deftly weave Rambeau and Danvers’ extensive history (and rivalry) into the ongoing action of the book, making it accessible and forward-moving for new and old readers alike. The action escalates quickly as Rambeau, Danvers, and Gianelli explore a ship graveyard at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, culminating in both a fantastic cliff-hanger ending and one of the best Danverisms so far in the series.

Verdict

Buy this book. Seriously. You must. DeConnick and Co. are writing superheroics for the 21st Century right now, and you’re missing out! Captain Whiz Bang FTW!

Share on FacebookShare on Google+Share on RedditShare on StumbleUponShare on TumblrTweet about this on TwitterPin on PinterestEmail this to someone

About The Author

Reviewer

Joey Braccino took his BA in English and turned it into an Ed.M. in English Education. Currently, he brings comics back in a big way all day every day to public education. In addition to proselytizing the good word of comics to this nation’s under-aged citizenry, Joey is a firm believer in the academic and literary merits of cultural media more broadly—particularly film, radio, pop journalism, and social media. #Excelsior!

One Response

  1. thisjohnd

    I know I’m in the minority when I say that I’ve been pretty disappointed with Captain Marvel and it’s actually dangerously close to being removed from my monthly pull list. With this issue, I felt like I was coming in on the middle of a story arc and the first few pages actually had me wondering if I had skipped an issue. At what point did Carol and Monica meet up and decide to go on this expedition looking for sunken ships? Although it ultimately doesn’t matter, it feels odd that the book would just thrust the reader straight into this partnership without explanation.

    I was also sorely disappointed with the lack of information we got on Monica Rambeau. The dialogue early on explains that she’s obviously the previous Captain Marvel but everything else about her is seemingly left up to the reader to have already read. There’s even a reference to Avengers 291, a book from 1988. Why not just explain what happened in that book rather than point the reader to an issue from such a long time ago?

    As someone that is being introduced to Carol Danvers with this series, I know absolutely nothing about the relationship between her and Monica. Their interactions in this issue were the same as the ones between Carol and Helen Cobb in the previous arc: Two sarcastic females that are always teasing each other with spring-loaded quips. I wish there had been less quips and more of a indication that Monica and Carol had known each other for a long time.

Leave a Reply