The Life of Captain Marvel #1
Written by Margaret Stohl
Art by Carlos Pacheco and Marguerite Sauvage
Inks by Rafael Fonteriz
Colors by Marcio Menyz
Letters by Clayton Cowles
Carol Danvers is one of the most powerful beings in the universe. She is one of the most famous heroes on the planet and one of the most prominent members of this new team of Avengers. Carol Danvers is also in pain. After a pretty intense flashback to a time in Carol’s youth that she remembers with all the fondness a child musters, the dark side of those memories inform her actions in the present day, especially in the fight she’s in with her fellow Avengers. Carol is fighting with a ferocity she hasn’t exhibited before and everyone can see it, especially the villains she’s beating on.
The team reaches out to her when she seems to have a panic attack and there’s a pretty interesting heart to heart with Tony Stark regarding some mutual issues the two heroes have with their fathers and Tony encourages Carol to take a break. A break that leads Captain Marvel back to her childhood home and a world that is different than she remembers, but who’s demons have not entirely vanished. Carol finds herself dealing with some personal issues with her family along with the discovery of a mystery that could change her world forever.
The best thing about this first issue is that it allows the story to unfold. Stohl doesn’t force moments. The narrative flows naturally from both the action to the emotional moments Carol has with her family. Many of the conflicts between Carol and her brother can be a little melodramatic, but the story is handled in a way that the drama is natural and allows for there to be more story to come.
The art is great in this issue. The contrast between the art in the flashbacks and the present day is amazing. Sauvage depicts the flowery, sweetness of youthful memory and Pacheco depicts the stark reality of the present day and both complement each other perfectly. Both are rich in detail and dynamic in both motion and beauty.