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Captain Marvel #1

Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick Artist: Dexter Soy Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: July 18, 2012 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 25 User Reviews: 9
7.6Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

SHE’S BACK! The “Mightiest” of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! Ace pilot. Legendary Avenger. 100% pure bad-a$$. Carol Danvers has a new name, a new mission …and all the power she needs to make her life a living hell. Guest starring Captain America.

  • 9.6
    The Fandom Post - Josh Begley Jul 20, 2012

    Although the last half of the issue drags a little bit as it establishes characters and themes for the rest of the series, Captain Marvel 1 is a solid first issue that hopefully will bring this character to the A List of Marvel heroes and add a bit more diversity to the superhero genre. The character work is great and the art unique and highly enjoyable. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Midnight Logic - Atlee Greene Jul 23, 2012

    Kelly Sue DeConnick and Dexter Soy deserve a lot of credit for creating a beautiful book that is full of heart and personality. The creative importance of lettering in comics is often over looked. Joe Caramagna's wonderful lettering of Carol's looks like hand writing you would find in a journal instead of the customary rectangular box with type. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Population Go - Population Go Staff Jul 22, 2012

    Captain Marvel #1 does everything that it should as a first issue, as well as providing (hopefully) enough to coax readers back for a second issue and beyond. I was highly anticipating this issue, and wasn't disappointed at all, with my expectations even being exceeded. Whilst I may not be able to review every issue, I will definitely be there to read them, and support my favourite Marvel leading lady " Long live Captain Marvel! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Digitl Noob - Russ Pirozek Jul 29, 2012

    Despite being incredibly solid, a bit more set-up, both past and present, would have been appreciated. Carol gives no reasoning for the major changes in her appearance. There was also no set-up for the next issue, which makes this feel more like a #0 than a #1, but these flaws are easily overshadowed by how great a start this book is getting. Carol Danvers is back and better than ever, now as Captain Marvel, and its going to be a fun ride. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Entertainment Fuse - Kat West AKA Comic Uno Jul 23, 2012

    Pick this up not only for the great story, but also because of the stunning art. Even if you have never heard of Carol Danvers this is still an issue to pick up. You will not be lost, and this is a great jumping on point for her character. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Jul 18, 2012

    It's also worth mentioning that the newly designed costume looks incredible. Ms. Marvel's old look was fine, I'm not ripping on that costume, but this one looks better. I can tell you this: I have a young daughter that has been carrying around a postcard that features the new Captain Marvel on it. She brings it to dinner and takes it to bed at night. If you ask her what is on the postcard, she'll tell you, "It's a superhero." She doesn't know anything about the who the character is, but she looks at that costume and sees the same thing she sees in Superman or Spider-Man. That's something Marvel should be proud of. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    X-Man's Comic Blog - Jason Todd Jul 21, 2012

    First things first, the art in the comic is interesting. Sometimes it seemed kinda odd, other times it was great. I love the design of Captain Marvel's suit, I loved how Cap was drawn, the small things like Carol's posture when she isn't fighting opposed to when she is are pretty well done. Also, the comedy in this comic is great, the little jabs between Carol and Captain America, or her and Spidey, and how stupid yet hilarious The Absorbing Man was really helped my enjoyment of this. Another thing I really enjoyed was the news page at the beginning, talking about how Ms. Marvel was now Captain Marvel and how she was auctioning off her old suit for charity. That shows a great deal of character from that one panel, plus hopefully some super villain will start wearing her Ms. Marvel suit. All in all, I liked this first issue a lot, and I'm definitely on board for the long run. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Outer Realm Comics - Ellis J. Wells Jul 22, 2012

    FANTASTIC!!! I adored Kelly Sue deConnick's "Osborn" mini-series; so I had high hopes for her work here... and she delivered. It's a stand alone issue; that instantly makes Carol Danvers one of the best damn heroes in Marvel history! She's uber powerful, capable of coming up with inventive plans to foil a villain; while ALSO being humble, idolising a non-superhero; and spending her "out of office" time supporting a friend suffering from cancer. It was glorious! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Jul 22, 2012

    Setting up just enough story elements to carry this series through several arcs to come, it is a strong start for a new direction. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Jul 23, 2012

    Artistic misfires aside, Captain Marvel looks to be a welcome breath of fresh air to Marvel Comics line up. It definitely has the potential to be a hit, and I hope it will be. You should check it out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Jul 20, 2012

    The Big 2′s mania for rebranding, repurposing, reintroducing, and rebooting characters has become so omnipresent that it's scarcely worth comment anymore; it's definitely rare to find a new #1 book like this one, that actually validates the idea: it takes a viable legacy character, finds ways to explore her history while moving forward, and tells an engaging story in the process. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    A Comic Book Blog - Geoff Arbuckle Jul 18, 2012

    Overall, I applaud you, Kelly Sue DeConnick, for giving me a new series featuring one of my very favorite Marvel females and I cannot wait for issue #2! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jul 18, 2012

    CAPTAIN MARVEL is off to a good start. Kelly Sue DeConnick is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers. After OSBORN and seeing her at the Image panel at SDCC, her charm and witty nature oozes out off the pages of this comic. Carol Danvers is a character that deserves her own title. It's great to see Carol's character get explored. This issue may be a little light on the action but this shouldn't and doesn't have to be simply another superhero slugfest comic. Carol is tough and can take on even the toughest villains. I may have missed the issue prior to this that explains her new costume but you'll easily get used to it. Her previous costume wasn't the most practical design and it's nice to see something more suited to what she deserves. New and old fans can easily jump in and be prepared for Carol's new direction. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Jul 20, 2012

    All in all, Captain Marvel is an excellent start to what I hope will become a core title for the publisher, one which reflects its mighty history, but charts a new flight path for its future. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    iFanboy - Ali Colluccio Jul 18, 2012

    Is Captain Marvel going to save women in comics? It's silly to think that a single could accomplish such a hefty task. And to say that the issue didn't meet those very high expectations would be a huge disservice to the comic. Captain Marvel does the very best that it can–it stands on it's own as a great comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Marvel Disassembled - Kyle Mc Jul 18, 2012

    At first I wasn't too fond of the redesign but Dexter Soy's artwork does a good job at complementing it. Even the inclusion of her new helmet doesn't look as goofy as I hadinitiallyfeared. The best thing that Soy has brought is that his art style is unique and the choice of the colour pallet makes it just beautiful. With the exception of Captain America looking slightly “Skrull-ish” on one occasion it is hard to really find fault. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Jul 25, 2012

    Captain Marvel #1 is a strong start to Carol Danvers latest series as she picks up the Captain Marvel mantle, with all-new costume to go along with the new title. Kelly DeConnick is able to capture the various aspects of the characters life, from her grounded personality to the cosmic basis of her powers. With how well we are able to get to know who Carol is and what point in her life that she is in there is a lot to look forward to for future stories in this series. If you are looking not just for a strong female-lead book but great comic book to read pick up Captain Marvel #1. It is a great starting point for the character and a comic book that will be a lot of fun to read. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - Gilbert Short Jul 19, 2012

    When it all comes down to it, you should pick up this book. It's extremely well written and the art fits well with the assumed direction of the series. I can't wait to see if Kelly Sue and Dexter take Carol to the Kree Empire or beyond. The Earth doesn't seem big enough to hold her anymore. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - George Chimples Jul 23, 2012

    One of the trickiest things about Carol Danvers is her ridiculously convoluted backstory made all the more difficult by her constant changes in codename, costume, and seeming identity. Lately, Danvers has been settled as Ms. Marvel, one of the most prominent and strongest members of the Avengers. Captain Marvel adds yet another codename and costume to Danvers already stacked list, but the issue is fresh and inviting to new-comers. Hopefully this identity will stick, as DeConnick has crafted a great beginning and sold me on Carol Danvers as Captain Marvel. There's been some hand-wringing about Danvers taking on the mantle of the late Mar-Vell, but the issue is handled in a thoughtful way and the change feels good.If the art only matched the writing better, this issue could have easily been a four star debut. As it is, Captain Marvel #1 still gets a very good three and a half out of five stars. Check it out. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - George Marston Jul 17, 2012

    Though this issue's art is a major drawback, there's enough at play in DeConnick's script to keep me coming back for more, if only for the character moments as Carol finds new ways to push herself, to find risk and reward, and to truly own the mantle of Captain Marvel. Marvel is in a unique position with this title to capitalize on a contingent of readers who feel alienated by a lack of strong female superheroes creators, as Captain Marvel can certainly boast both, but they're gonna have to work a little harder to make this book all it can be with an improved art team to match the already solid direction and writing. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Grant McLaughlin Jul 21, 2012

    This is an interesting opener, providing a window into Carol Danvers' new status quo, but I feel like it could have been a bit more explicit or in-depth at times. With all these hints and how excited DeConnick has been about writing the character, there's definitely a lot of promise here, but it wasn't yet been realized. I imagine that things will be slightly better articulated in the issues to come, but considering this opener, I'm not sure I'll stick around to see. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shawn Hill Aug 8, 2012

    But for heaven's sake, at least get an inker and colorist, ASAP! The art undermines the words at every turn, and including a selection of fan art celebrating the new look (or comparing the recent Dodsons-illustrated Avenging Spider-Man issue where she debuted) serves only to underline the disconnect. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Jul 21, 2012

    Captain Marvel is a stumbled start but I’m hoping that the talent DeConnick showed in Avenging Spider-Man ultimately shows through. There should also be an immediate artist change. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Resources - James Hunt Jul 19, 2012

    It's a shame that this didn't click with me, because I'm a big fan of the character and was hoping for something to be enthusiastic about. Instead, this is an odd issue that delivers its best material early then doesn't seem to build to any kind of point. Unlike Danvers' previous series, which had a clear (if vaguely-defined) hook of her attempt to become an A-list superhero, this one spends more time trying to figure out the character's nature than convincing readers that there's a story coming. It probably makes sense from the perspective of a creator to spend time establishing the framework and testing her boundaries, but as someone who's already invested in the character, I can't help feeling that I'd rather read a comic about what she does, not who she is. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    16BitMonster - Hamilton Ortiz Dec 2, 2012

    No villains, no fallouts, nothing. I am sorry but not my cup of tea. Nothing worth reading here. The writing was pretty good but the issue just didn't hold my interest much and flat out slow and boring. Read Full Review

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