Earlier this year, the Princess started getting in Captain Marvel in a surprisingly big way. Of course, it was all because of Brie Larson and the film, but as a proud Marvel Zombie, it was great to see. First, it was a jacket. Then it was a t-shirt. Then an action figure, a Funko Pop or two (not including the custom I had made for her birthday). She adores playing as Carol Danvers in the various LEGO Marvel video games we have and is always asking me when the Captain Marvel sequel is coming out.
It’s pretty darn cute.
Meanwhile, Captain Marvel continues to be one of the center points of Marvel Comics. Last year, Margaret Stohl wrote and Carlos Pacheco illustrated an exceptional mini-series, The Life and Times of Captain Marvel, that redefined the character’s origin story and set her up for the foreseeable future.
Captain Marvel Volume 1: Re-Entry
Writer: Kelly Thompson
Artist: Carmen Carnero
The future begins with Captain Marvel Volume 1: Re-Entry. After a sabbatical from the Avengers to care for her injured brother, Carol is back in the public in this book. Her first challenge comes in the form of a misogynist former Fantastic Four bad guy once known as Mahkismo, but now known as Nuclear Man (and if anybody here is immediately flashing to Superman IV, join the club). Following a balls-to-the-wall battle between the two, Carol travels through a portal that leads to a dimension where the men have disappeared and Nuclear Man is looking for a bride. It’s up to Carol and colleagues Spider-Woman, Echo, Hazmat, and She-Hulk to take out Nuclear Man, find the men, and get the women back to their rightful world.
Kelly Thompson does an exceptional job in Re-Entry, which compiles the first five issues of the new Captain Marvel series. One of the appeals of the character, which Brie Larson depicted so nicely in the film, is the conflict that makes Carol the leader she is. She’s rarely cocky, and she has self-doubts that, if we’re truthful, we can recognize in ourselves, regardless of how great our strengths and abilities. She’s confident, which makes her a true hero and role model. In between big battle sequences and Carol leading her comrades as they seek to free themselves, Thompson crafts quieter moments that develop friendships (Carol and Jessica Drew and their quest for coffee) and romance (Carol and the back to life James Rhodes, who was killed not long after the duo began a relationship).
Meanwhile, Nuclear Man/Mahkismo winds up the perfect villain for Captain Marvel to take down in her latest series; as he spouts racist and sexist comments, it’s hard not think of him as representative of the vocal minority of misogynistic fans who were down on the Captain Marvel film before its release, and were ultimately schooled with its $1 billion worldwide takehome. The best revenge in the case of Captain Marvel comics is for creators like Kelly Thompson to continue telling exciting stories that feature the character rising to every occasion, and taking down every obstacle set in her path.
Captain Marvel Volume 1: Re-Entry is a solid starting point for any reader; I can’t wait to put it in the hands of the Princess.