Comic Vine Review


Captain Marvel #1 - Rise of the Alpha Flight


Carol Danvers and Alpha Flight have a new job and things are about to get crazy.

Carol Danvers is taking on a new role and mission in the All-New, All-Different Marvel universe. Throughout some of the new titles, we've seen Carol as part of a new incarnation of Alpha Flight. The Canadian superteam has a new stomping ground. They are now Earth's first line of defense aginast alien attacks. Carol has taken the job of overseeing the team and space station they operate out of.

Shaking up the status quo for characters or teams is always fascinating. We get to sit back and watch as the creative team takes them on a new path. Carol being out in space isn't a new direction but having Alpha Flight as her supporting cast in a new role is exciting. It's no secret that past Alpha Flight series haven't faired too well. It's always great to see them turn up again. Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters do a great job capturing the essence of the team in the brief look we get of them.

Even though we've seen some glimpses of Carol since she's taken on this new position, this issue shows us on her first day. There had been some minor confusion as to what exactly she was doing with Alpha Flight in space, but I just chalked it up to the mysterious 8-month gap after the events of Secret WarsCarol has signed up for a two-year stint but it's made clear she can easily fly back down to Earth whenever she wants. What will be interesting is how this series might tie into her role in THE ULTIMATES and A-FORCE along with her numerous other guest appearances.. There are some other questions left unanswered here, but that obviously gives us more reason to come back for more.

The art by Kris Anka and colors by Matthew Wilson is pretty tight. We see various characters from the Marvel universe and they look great. I was especially thrilled to see a certain green-haired lady who I wondered if she'd have a role here. The environments and interactions just feel natural. This may be the first issue but it feels like the creative team has been working on these characters and places for years.

The new CAPTAIN MARVEL series is off to a great start. Fazekas and Butters have given us a great setting with a bunch of interesting characters. It'll be interesting to see where this series takes them and there's plenty for the creators and characters to explore. I'm intrigued by the direction and we have great art and colors. Carol may be taking on a new role, but we'll have to see how that works out for her. We have a nice mix of action and character interactions. There's a lot to love in this book. I'm looking forward to the next issue.