Captain Marvel, specifically Carol Danvers, is one of my favourite, favourite superheroes ever. And Earth’s Mightiest Hero: Captain Marvel is an exemplary example of the genre.
Kelly Sue DeConnick writes a compelling, inspiring end to Carol Danver’s first run as Captain Marvel. As the editor of New York Beat Magazine tells impending supervillain Grace Valentine, “Post-traumatic stress is the new normal. No one can pull themselves up by their bootstraps…nobody has any bootstraps!” People need hope – that is, Captain Marvel. However, after a time travel incident, which results in a lesion that gives her brain damage and memory loss, she’s not quite as hopeful about herself as everyone else is.
It’s a touching tribute to Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel, as well as her fans, who have dubbed themselves the Carol Corps. In the inevitable action scene, it’s the common people of New York that stand up with a Spartacus move that buys Captain Marvel enough time to unleash her powers. And ultimately, it’s little Kit that teaches Captain Marvel how to be a superhero.
I’m also a big fan of Filipe Andrade’s art style, which is more angular and less realistic than most other superhero titles, but along with Jordie Bellaire’s colours, gives the book an expressive, beautiful flow. This makes every moment, from Captain Marvel’s tiny fan, friend and look-a-like Kit playing with her friends to Captain Marvel blasting drones out of the air gorgeous and dynamic.
A highly recommended issue of a series I cannot recommend more. And it also has a tantalising glimpse of the new Ms. Marvel, Pakistani-American Kamala Khan.