Hannah’s Novel Notions: A Review of Captain Marvel Vol. 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More by Kelly Sue Deconnick

Hannah's Novel Notions: A Review of Captain Marvel Vol. 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More by Kelly Sue Deconnick

Awesome female superhero. In space. With the Guardians of the Galaxy. That’s my kind of comic book.

Hannah's Novel Notions: A Review of Captain Marvel Vol. 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More by Kelly Sue DeconnickI’m always a bit cautious about women superheroes. I go in really, really wanting a good character and often end up getting an over-the-top girl power icon, a story where all men are prejudice, or a character who makes me sit back and think, “Who in their right mind would think it’s a good idea to fight crime while wearing THAT?”

But not Captain Marvel. She’s an all around awesome character. She has a fun personality, cool powers, a spaceship, and she likes to throw around Star Wars quotes. Yep. I’m sold.

So far I’ve only read a few of her comic books, but Vol. 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More by Kelly Sue Deconnick is a favorite. It’s fun, the art is good, and Rocket Raccoon (along with the rest of the Guardians of the Galaxy) makes an appearance.

Carol Danvers needs to get her life together. No, it’s not a complete mess, but she’s not sure who she wants to be or what she wants to do with her life. So, when Tony Stark mentions that the Avengers need a space presence and a person to collaborate with the Guardians of the Galaxy, she feels drawn to the mission.

Meeting up with the Guardians of the Galaxy, her first task is to return an alien girl to her home. As it turns out, this girl’s “home” is actually a a planet where her people have been forced to settle. Something is wrong with the place. People are dying of a mysterious disease, but they aren’t allowed to leave.

Captain Marvel isn’t about to stand for this. She will try to get these people to safety using diplomacy, but if that doesn’t work? Punching things is always a good plan B.

I think this is a really good jumping off point for those of you who want to read Captain Marvel. And, honestly, if you don’t want to read Captain Marvel, then you’re just wrong in the head. I’ll explain why later.

An interesting fact about this comic book: It’s written by Kelly Sue Deconnick. It’s a relaunching of Captain Marvel’s story. Who wrote the previous Captain Marvel series (In Pursuit of Flight)? Kelly Sue Deconnick. I’m not really sure what the reasoning behind this was, but hey. She’s a good writer. The difference, other than a new storyline, is that David Lopez is the artist for this series and David Soy and Emma Rios did the art for the previous series. I personally think that Soy and Rios’s artwork is more interesting. However, I thought the series that Lopez worked with has a better storyline for people new to Captain Marvel.

Okay, with that out of the way, let’s move on to why Captain Marvel is awesome:

  1. She’s a very well developed character with a lot of interesting points and actually feels like a real person. She’s funny and spunky and has a strong, go get ’em attitude. She has an intense, loyal love for her friends. She’s also struggling with finding her place. She wants to make a difference and find a way to quench the restless feeling inside of her, she’s just not quite sure how she’s going to do it. But she’s going to try, because she knows it’s what needs to be done.
  2. She’s not sexualized. Thank goodness. A female superhero who doesn’t serve as eye candy or is made to throw around quippy, “topple the patriarchy” one-liners. She has one of the coolest outfits I’ve seen on female superheroes. It’s functional, has an awesome helmet reminiscent of Star-Lord’s, and doesn’t have any low necklines or fish net stockings. Good job, guys. Good job.
  3. She likes Star Wars.

    Books for nerds always get points for referencing other books for nerds.
    Books for nerds always get points for referencing other books for nerds.

So yes, she’s a great comic book character. But what about the storyline? That’s good, too.

It’s a mix of heartfelt and funny. On one hand, you have Captain Marvel struggling to go higher, further, faster, to push herself and find her meaning. And on the other hand you have Rocket Raccoon convinced that Chewie, her cat, is evil and must be destroyed.

Admittedly my favorite side plot.
Admittedly my favorite side plot.

What else can I say? I liked it. I felt it could have used a bit more action. It was missing a defined villain, which made the stakes feel a bit too low. But I still really, really enjoyed this. Captain Marvel is one of my new favorite superheroes in the Marvel universe.

After reading this one, I’d recommend holding off on reading Vol. 2 (which isn’t as good as the first) and picking up In Pursuit of Flight instead. The art is really cool and the storyline is good, though far more serious. It has an unfortunately feminist undertone that, while not over the top, felt out of place at some points. Other than that, it’s awesome.

I’m beyond excited about the Captain Marvel movie that is coming out in 2019. I’m thinking that Captain Marvel may end up playing a significant role in The Infinity Wars Part 2. I’ve also been hoping that she’ll show up in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (or maybe even Infinity Wars Part 1) prior to her solo film, but I don’t know if that will happen. It seems to me that she’s the key that could bring the Avengers and the Guardians together, but if her movie is coming in 2019, I don’t know if that will be the case.

Anyway, I’m really excited about Captain Marvel. Not only is she a great character, but I can add her to my (very short) list of female superheroes that I can actually get behind.

If you like comic books with a space element, humor, and good characters, then Captain Marvel Vol 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More is for you. Are you a fan of Captain Marvel? Please tell me about some of your favorite comic books that she appears in! I’m always looking for my next Captain Marvel read.



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