Captain Marvel #1
Written by Kelly Thompson
Art by Carmen Carnero
Colors by Tamra Bonvillain
Letters by Clayton Cowles
Carol Danvers’ return to Earth isn’t going to be easy for anyone, especially not a former Fantastic Four villain who needs a lesson in the cost of misogyny.
Carol’s return to active duty means dealing with being back on the planet both in her personal and professional lives. After stopping a rampaging monster and reconnecting with her best friend Jessica Drew, Carol is brought in by Tony to help the Avengers fix one of their many PR problems. After reluctantly agreeing to help, she also decides to mentor a young hero trying to get a handle on her powers.
If all that isn’t enough for her first day back, a lunch date with Rhodey gets interrupted by a reporter looking for an interview and a giant misogynist named Nuclear Man who wants to take her down.
This issue was relentlessly fun to read. Both the pace and the dialogue were well done and Kelly Thompson reminded me why Carol Danvers is so dynamic a character. I like the conflicts Carol is being presented in this issue including the small ones that Tony is introducing. I also like that Carol and Rhodey are dealing with their post-Civil War II status. Whatever way it goes, it’s nice that the writer chose to keep that continuity in this story. It also gives Rhodey a great moment where he can let his friends and fellow heroes know that Carol can take care of herself.
I like that Thompson steers the story into some contemporary ground that women continue to deal with regarding toxic masculinity and misogyny. Putting those traits into a character like Nuclear Man is a nice touch that showcases what a capable character like Carol Danvers has to deal.
I was blown away by Carmen Carnero’s art in this issue. All of the characters are dynamic in their details and look great on the page. There are some great moments in this issue and the rising actions leads to a beautiful final panel.