Carol Danvers is back. She didn't really leave -- it's just an All-New #1 -- but she did present us with two very excellent things: (1) a great on-boarding point for new readers (Welcome to the Carol Corps!) and (2) a wide new world of story potential. SPACE, right?
No major shake-ups or redesigns character-wise, but I'm inclined to think that Carol & Co. look pretty darn great pencilled by David Lopez. The book is a little less stylized than the earlier run, and Lopez (with colors by Lee Loughridge) delivers clean, dynamic panels. Carol flies, punches, and yells with passion, and even the more grounded scenes feel animated. I'm especially keen on the suit-up sequence we get mid-issue (it's a single panel, but you'd swear there was movement).
Kelly Sue DeConnick knows how to connect with her fan base -- and I'm not just talking about the Carol Corps. She's excellent about slipping pop culture references into dialogue (multiple Star Wars nods, anyone?) without making it feel forced or inauthentic to a character's voice. Carol comes across as someone I'd want to hang out with; it's a welcome level of accessibility for a mainstream hero. DeConnick also brings other Marvel Universe characters into a solo book more seamlessly than anyone; everything feels truly organic, because of course other Avengers would be on the scene for critical Earth-saving missions (or even street-level ones). Iron Patriot and Iron Man very much have a natural place in this issue; as much as Kit or any of Carol's title-specific supporting cast (and the ensuing banter is just charming).
There's bonus backmatter in this book that I won't spoil, except to note that it's utterly cheerful.
Oh yeah, and "I want to go to space" might just be the best possible way to say adios to someone you're dating. Avenger status optional.
Are there more ads in this book than usual, or are they just weirdly placed? There's a loss of seamlessness when a conversation is started (and the next page reveals the other party) and an ad is placed in between (I'm looking at you, Super Hero Mashers ad).
Higher, Further, Faster, More. Arc title or mantra for this All-New Marvel Now! flavor of Carol & Co.'s adventures? There might be a new #1 on the cover, but CAPTAIN MARVEL is still in the capable hands of Kelly Sue DeConnick, which means we're going to get an exciting mix of high-action stories and genuine character moments. Space seems like a most excellent frontier for this All-New story direction, and I'm sure the pairing of DeConnick and Lopez will make for a wild and exciting journey.