Captain Marvel #1

Captain Marvel #1

Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick Artist: David Lopez Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: March 12, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 32 User Reviews: 11
8.0Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

Hero! Pilot! Avenger! Captain Marvel, Earth's Mightiest Hero with death-defying powers and an attitude to match, is back and launching headfirst into an all-new ongoing series! As Captain Marvel, a.k.a. Carol Danvers, comes to a crossroads with a new life and new romance, she makes a dramatic decision that will alter the course of her life and the entire Marvel Universe in the months to come. It's time to go HIGHER, FURTHER, FASTER and more in the most super-powered comic around!

  • 10
    Rhymes With Geek - Wesley Messer Mar 14, 2014

    I'm enjoying the fact that Captain Marvel is getting this second chance, Kelly Sue DeConnick has set a brilliant new direction for the character. This my friends is what we call good comic reading. I'm happy to see Marvel bringing this back for another adventure, every member of the Carol Corps is happy to see Captain Marvel back in action. A great beginning to what should be an amazing new adventure. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Jen 'Miss J' Aprahamian Mar 12, 2014

    Higher, Further, Faster, More. Arc title or mantra for this All-New Marvel Now! flavor of Carol & Co.'s adventures? There might be a new #1 on the cover, but CAPTAIN MARVEL is still in the capable hands of Kelly Sue DeConnick, which means we're going to get an exciting mix of high-action stories and genuine character moments. Space seems like a most excellent frontier for this All-New story direction, and I'm sure the pairing of DeConnick and Lopez will make for a wild and exciting journey. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Geeked Out Nation - Mike Okeke Mar 12, 2014

    Without a doubt Captain Marvel is on a massive roll. With this new number one and her Carol Corps behind her there are no limits. The important thing to take away from this first step on a brand new journey is that this is a woman searching for her place in the world, but she has enough heart to help us find our way too. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Sean Ian Mills Mar 14, 2014

    This is one very odd comic. And I don't mean in the fact that it took a break for several months, unnecessarily relaunching with a new #1 issue. I mean in the fact that Captain Marvel #1 delivers a perfect taste of what made this comic so popular in the first place"and then promises to ditch all of that for something more ridiculous. What sort of comic does that to itself? Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Mar 15, 2014

    She's back! We've waited months for DeConnick's Captain Marvel to hit the comic shop shelves again, and here she is! And it's great! DeConnick dives right back into the good stuff that made us all fall in love with the series in the first place. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - Ben Silverio Mar 15, 2014

    I'm not going to lie to you, readers. Prior to reading this issue of 'Captain Marvel', I had only read #17 of the last volume and have only had interactions with Carol in various Avengers titles. I had always meant to pick up the trades and catch up, but I just couldn't swing the funds at the time. However, I am extremely happy that I was able to pick up the newest issue featuring Kelly Sue DeConnick's Captain Marvel because it was definitely one of my favorite books this week. Now if the issue of money comes up again soon when it comes to my comics, I'll have to find something else to cut because Carol is sticking around. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Jessica Boyd Mar 11, 2014

    The story continues to be littered with DeConnick's trademark quips and wit. She reveals more about Danvers personal tastes and not-so-secret geek-thusiasms for readers who may have been unaware. Fighting, flying and cunning dialogue transport you on an adventure that makes you want to see just how Carol end up on the wrong end of a secret space police and where it will take her next. This action and determine filled beginning lays the groundwork for another strong emotionally based series that launches the adventure up into space. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Kevyn Knox Mar 15, 2014

    I've been a fan of Carol Danvers for a long time, but when the character was given over to DeConnick, fandom went through the roof. Her 2012 series gave Danvers an ironically down-to-Earth persona " but still kept her usual kick-ass attitude intact. Now DeConnick is breathing yet more new life into the character with a new Captain Marvel #1. The art by David Lopez is solid enough as well, and Carol's new costume looks great. Plus we get the added bonus of the disappearance of that ridiculous looking helmet thing the character has been wearing in recent issues of The Avengers. Seriously, what was up with that? All-in-all, with Kelly Sue behind the wheel, things should work out. Only time will tell of course, but this opening issue seems to be heading in a damn fine direction. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Following The Nerd - Jake Tanner Mar 13, 2014

    After just one issue I can now see why this series has sparked Marvel to bring us more books like She-Hulk and Ms. Marvel. The brilliance of it goes well beyond the panels and pages we're reading the story on. Seeing the Carol Corp develop and seeing the inspiration it brought to people reminded me exactly of the very feeling I got when I was introduced to my favorite hero, Batman, as a child. It's something like this that we can introduce the next generation to. I'd love nothing more than to open the eyes of non-comic readers to books like this and Ms. Marvel just to show them just how high our medium can soar if we just set our sights high enough... Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Mar 18, 2014

    So what all that means is that the new Captain Marvel #1 is a great issue and that I do recommend it. If you're not following any Captain Marvel comics, like me, then this is a good place to start. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Nerds Unchained - Magen Cubed Mar 13, 2014

    While Ill miss Philipe Andrade as the series artist, Lopezs pencils are like a breath of fresh air. His style evokes a classic superhero aesthetic while still bringing subtle emotional vulnerability to these characters through strong storytelling and page design. His Carol has such a solid presence on the page, with a sense of humor and softness that never once betrays the inherent strength of the character. Stepping in for series colorist Jordie Bellaire, Lee Loughridges colors are a lovely complement Lopezs pencils. Loughridge deriving his palette of warm golds, cool blues and intermittent reds directly from Carols costume palette, adding a thoughtful undercurrent to the overall visual cohesion to the issue. A great issue from top to bottom, and a promising start to adventure for this beloved series and character. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Multiversity Comics - David Henderson Mar 13, 2014

    Ultimately, this issue was just what “Captain Marvel” needed. Instead of just becoming another story arc in the previous series, this feels like a new direction for the character not in terms of story and art, but in tone and content. DeConnick and Lopez really delivered on the necessity of having a new #1 and utilised it to it's fullest. Not only is it completely accessible to new readers, but it's expands on what came before and provides a new direction for established readers to follow without discarding the stories that made them fall in love with the character. Marrying that with DeConnick's excellent writing that shows a focus on mature character exploration that mixes incredibly witty dialogue into the mix and Lopez's incredibly versatile storytelling that can fit his style to the ever evolving emotional to of the issue and it becomes a rather amazing #1. If that aim was to go higher, further and faster than before, then DeConnick and Lopez have delivered. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    GoCollect - @UrbanRemnant Mar 13, 2014

    The All-New Marvel NOW "Captain Marvel no. 1" was a well written, beautifully drawn book that has a lot of potential. I recommend this book to every reader. Give "Captain Marvel" another shot at becoming an even greater hero and comic book on par with the others. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Dec 13, 2014

    While what I read of Kelly Sue DeConnick previously for Captain Marvel didn't click for me, the story beats and pacing here is much better and flows in a more natural way. This brings me closer to the Carol I know whole expanding and revealing more about her. It also helps that she has a top notch artist in David Lopez to work with here as he really brings Carol to life in a great way, in costume and out. The book runs through a whole lot of different locales and Lopez brings them all to life well, though I'm more looking forward to seeing him cut loose with the outer space side of it to see what he can do. I'd been curious about the Captain Marvel series since it relaunched and this has convinced me that it's a must-read series – after I catch up on a few other things. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Mar 16, 2014

    So it's a promising start, but time will tell if it's the right direction for Marvel's premiere super-heroine. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Meagan Damore Mar 14, 2014

    This is far from the first time Carol Danvers has been in space, between her stint with the Starjammers, her tie to the Kree, and her obligations to the Avengers. However, under DeConnick's more-than-capable hands and Lopez's spectacular pencils, this take on "Captain Marvel" feels fresh, fun and full of life. "Captain Marvel" #1 is a solid jumping on point for fans and, although knowledge of her last run is beneficial, readers new and old will be able to enjoy this stellar issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Mar 14, 2014

    Captain Marvel is a terrific first issue. The direction for the series is set and this issue moves those pieces nicely into place. There isn't anything complicated to understand or some world threat to deal with. It's a person that decides for herself to break away and doing something she needs to do. Great start to a series and one everyone should keep their eye on if they aren't already picking this book up. This one has "Hawkeye of 2014" written all over it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    PopMatters - Jack Fisher Mar 25, 2014

    There's a lot that goes into "having it all," but everyone's standard is different. Captain Marvel #1 shows Carol Danvers adopting a new standard for herself. That standard feels overdue in some ways. While her reservations may make her painfully human, they sometimes come off as excuses that cause her unfolding story to drag. But despite her hesitation, she eventually does make a few very important decisions that promise to affect the course of her character moving forward. It also gives her a chance to live out her every Star Wars fantasy, which may very well add to her ambition. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Refueled - ironmarco Mar 15, 2014

    The series seems like it'll have its own unique vibe to it. This first issue felt very deep and we got to learn a lot about Carol in a relatively short amount of time. This series seems like it mixes the right amount of contemplative inner monologue and action to produce something that gets emotions out of the reader quickly. This also makes the book fairly relaxed which gives it a broader sense of humor than most super-hero comics. While this issue suffers a little bit from getting bogged down in exposition it is a genuinely enjoyable comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Melissa Grey Mar 12, 2014

    The issue then jumps back in time by six weeks to show us how Carol got there -- or rather, how she took the first step on her journey to that point. And that's where the magic happens. Carol is lost -- spiritually, mentally, emotionally, etc. -- and an opportunity to be an Avenger in space (as presented by a quippy Iron Man) gives her the chance to chase down her fate in an attempt to battle the restlessness that plagues her. Her galactic adventures are positioned as the ground on which she will, hopefully, find herself. It's a promising start to a series that will, potentially, cover new ground for Carol Danvers on her road to self-discovery. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Forrest C. Helvie Mar 13, 2014

    Artistically, it's incredibly solid between Lopez's mainstream " but distinct " aesthetic to Loughridge's vibrant, earthy colors. Likewise, DeConnick's ear for capturing true-to-life thoughts and voices for her characters helps bring this story together for readers of all persuasions. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    We The Nerdy - Henry Varona Mar 18, 2014

    Overall, this issue is a strong start for Captain Marvel. Stronger than her last series, DeConnick seems to have an easy approach to starting this book off. The art by Lopez will win over many who were divided by previous artists, and the tie in to Guardians of the Galaxy can only help both books. I hope that we get a clear villain soon, as that has often stood in the way of this series, and I hope that DeConnick is able to handle the cosmic elements while keeping characterization front and center. However, I have little doubt that she can. This is the start of a great run. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Milo Milton Jefferies Mar 12, 2014

    This could be a great, bold new direction for Marvel and another great new addition to their cosmic line of superhero comics. We've already got Guardians of the Galaxy, Novaand the upcomingCyclops title (which is kind of an X-Men/Cosmic hybrid) and hopefullyCaptain Marvelwill make an excellent addition to that lineup. Kelly Sue DeConnick is certainly making a good case for this so far – and hopefully things can only get better from here. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AiPT! - Jordan Richards Mar 12, 2014

    Captain Marvel #1 is a slow, but decent start to this "new" series. It feels like things have yet to truly get underway in it, but the potential seen in the opening for where the comic will ultimately be going appears to be promising. If you were a fan of the previous series, give this one a look when you can. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Mar 15, 2014

    I'm not entirely sure that this first issue will grab new readers the way that DeConnick's previous launch did, but those already invested in her treatment of the character will find that Carol Danvers remains in good hands. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - George Chimples Mar 19, 2014

    While Captain Marvel #1 is not a true #1, it may be a good jumping on point, especially if you were driven from this book by the art as I was. DeConnicks writing has always been solid, and now it is matched by an artist thats more in line with the type of stories she's telling. The new arc looks to put Captain Marvel back into a more galactic adventurer role, which is a good fit for the character. With future issues focusing more on outer space shenanigans, I think some of the plotting problems present in Captain Marvel #1 will disappear. When good writing couples with good art, you've got something worth reading. Check it out. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Mar 11, 2014

    The art from David Lopez is solid, though I don’t know if it works for the series. Lopez’s line work here is thin, without much in the way of background detail. Lopez’s use of shading and blacks gives the visuals a certain narrative heart that goes hand and hand with the storytelling. While it works with this issue, I’m not sure how it will play out once Captain Marvel gets intergalactic. Lopez’s work is great for more interpersonal stories, but might not translate into big action. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - George Marston Mar 11, 2014

    When it comes to Captain Marvel, the bottom line is, she deserves to be not just Marvel's premiere female hero, but one of its biggest names in general. Kelly Sue DeConnick definitely has a firm grasp on Carol's personality and what she wants out of the character, and taking her into space where she can really display Carol's humanity and juxtapose it with her cosmic power is a great step. Unfortunately, this relaunch hesitates too much on its first step to really soar, focusing a little too much on what Carol is losing by leaving Earth and not enough on what she gains by taking to the stars. Still, with a strong script from DeConnick, and tremendous art from David Lopez, it's too early yet to call Captain Marvel #1 a failure to launch so much as a brief pause before take off. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Mar 18, 2014

    After a critically successful run Kelly Sue DeConnick takes Captain Marvel #1 as a new launching pad to have the character involved in the more cosmic aspects of the Marvel Universe post-Infinity. The results are an issue that tries to act as an introductory issue for new readers that isn't entirely successful. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Nerds On The Rocks - Frank Lanza Mar 12, 2014

    Carol Danvers has always been one of my all time favorite characters. If you could see my Ms. Marvel original art collection you'd find this to be true. I root for a Captain Marvel series every time Marvel offers me one, and I'm happy to say this book seems to be off to another solid start. DeConnick's take on the character is fresh and compelling and I appreciate the strength she continues to lend to Danvers' tale. Personally I'd prefer an artist that complements the writing a bit more but I'm more than happy just having the book in my hands. Let's just hope that this book can find its legs before Marvel's next big fancy initiative ushers in (yet) another relaunch. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Lindsey Morris Mar 17, 2014

    Captain Marvel #1 might not be the greatest introduction to this new volume in the life of Carol, but it certainly gives us a lot to look forward to. DeConnick and Lopez are on the right track, they just need a little more time to flesh out the various aspects of the book that need to be addressed. A solid read for Danvers devotees, but those new to the title might be better off reading the initial run on the series before diving into this iteration. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    SciFiPulse - Patrick Hayes Mar 16, 2014

    I'll look at the next issue before I pick it up. But if it's primarily a flashback or has visuals as dismal as this, I'm out. Time to pull out those issues from the 1970s to cleanse myself of this reading experience. Read Full Review

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