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Published June 30, 2013

I’m a huge fan of Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel. I like that she’s a lady Captain, I like her hair, I like her costume and I like her attitude.

The Enemy Within #1

That being said, I’m not 100% sure why she has a mini-series of her own when she already has her own series, and is a regular in the Avengers. (Is it hers? Look, I don’t even know what’s going on.) It’s a way of luring in those who aren’t regular readers of Captain Marvel, I suppose, but it was mighty confusing trying to figure out where this miniseries belonged in the scheme of things.

Anyway, the book opens up with some head-narration and Carol putting up ‘missing’ signs with staple guns. They’re looking for a friend – Grandmother Rose. It’s a brilliant way of making Carol (and Spider-Woman, who appears in the bottom panel) instantly seem human. Their friendship is convincing and their repartee is awesome, and the first page establishes that Carol is not well, and is under orders to not use her powers.

In addition, there’s someone messing with her. No word on whether it’s connected to her internal issues, but it’s strange enough to be creepy, and very intriguing.

To be honest, I can’t think of much that is wrong with this comic book. Like, at all. Example:

“Looking for something, girls? You found Poundcakes!”

Gladiatrix!”

Battle Axe!”

“The Grapplers?! Lady wrestlers turned supervillains. You’re putting me on.”

“Ha! The last time you gals were a going concern, we were all into pouches and asymmetrical haircuts!”

Lady wrestler supervillains, witty quips, and some comic book meta, all in half a page. Nice.

It gets better though! Thor makes an appearance, and so do dinosaurs. Fingers crossed that Thor shows up more, because they make an excellent fighting team.

All in all, an excellent addition to Marvel’s lineup – but I’m still not sure where it belongs in the Marvel comic book world. (Wait no, I figured it out. They’re alternating between Captain Marvel issues and Avengers Assemble issues. Carry on.)

Note: The Damaged Goods Lucky Dip reviews are made up of various comic books that arrive damaged at All Star Comics. Without their generosity, this column wouldn’t exist.

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