Captain Marvel #1

Writer: Kelly Thompson Artist: Carmen Nunez Carnero Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: January 9, 2019 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 28 User Reviews: 44
8.4Critic Rating
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As Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers has spent months in space protecting Earth from alien threats big and small, but now it's time for Earth's mightiest hero to come home. New York City has never looked so good. But every re-entry comes with the unexpected, and Carol is about to hit a whole lot of unexpected. It's a fresh start and an oversized, star-studded welcome home for a hero who's been punching the glass ceiling since the 1970s - and just in time for the first female-led film from Marvel Studios! The next 50 years of Captain Marvel sta more

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Roy Buckingham Jan 9, 2019

    Those who do not know Carol's character will get a crash course on why she is one of the most powerful and respected super heroes in the Marvel Universe, while veteran Carol Corps members will get more of what they love. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Jessica Boyd Jan 9, 2019

    Just when you get comfortable and settled back into a familiar Carol world, the whole thing becomes upended. The appearance of a wanna-be big bad completely changes the setting. However, it ends with a closing remark from aforementioned love interest that will have you nodding your head in agreement, and I'm sure is a clipped image already making massive traffic rounds on Tumblr. Captain Marvel fans rejoice. The Danvers saga continues with a joyous, action filled romp that also re-grounds Carol in the elements that garnered her such a cult following once she took the Captain mantle. Read Full Review

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    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Jan 9, 2019

    However, despite the novel concept, the pacing throughout the issue is disjointed. Most pages are dialogue free, as we follow Venom the Dog through subterranean San Francisco. Then the narrative and visuals changes direction five pages away from the ending. The best way to describe the abruptness of this issue is to introduce John Carpenter to the end of the horror film Audition. The issue feels like a quick read, and then -BAM!- out of nowhere, there are parasitic worms, Carnage, and a soliloquy on Carnage's new philosophical life view. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Charles Martin Jan 9, 2019

    "Always get up. If you always get up, then it's never over." Boil the essence of Carol Danvers down to 12 words? Nobody's ever done it better than that. With art and colours that live up to the script's passionate insight, Captain Marvel #1 is a long-overdue treat for the Carol Corps. But this isn't just a reward for long-time fans. It's a welcoming demonstration - hopefully, the first of many - of just how great Carol comics can be. Read Full Review

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    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Jan 10, 2019

    This all comes together to deliver a knockout first issue that has all the heart, action, and energy I could ask for. The hype for Captain Marvel's future was already raising and this issue pushed it through the stratosphere for me. And I can't wait to go straight into space! Read Full Review

  • 10 - Matthew Mueller Jan 9, 2019

    This is the best of the old and the new, and while you might come for the Carol you used to know, you'll end up staying for the revolutionary who's yet to come. Read Full Review

  • 10
    AIPT - David Brooke Jan 8, 2019

    Before you get excited about the movie, get excited about this series. It's the real deal. Get hype. This is the very definition of strong character writing. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Kellie Keener Jan 16, 2019

    The issue ends with a cliffhanger and unlimited potential for where the story can go. With a strong creative team behind the scenes, this series is set to take off much like the Captain herself. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Jan 9, 2019

    I was blown away by Carmen Carneros art in this issue. All of the characters are dynamic in their details and look great on the page. There are some great moments in this issue and the rising actions leads to a beautiful final panel. Read Full Review

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    Weird Science Marvel Comics - Jim Werner Jan 9, 2019

    If you have even the slightest interest in Captain Marvel, pick this book up! Kelly Thompson gets everyone up to speed in an action packed issue that's fun, exciting and looks great. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Cat Wyatt Jan 11, 2019

    Captain Marvel #1 was a strong start to the new series. It allayed any fears I had about the new creative team and even got me looking forward to all the future issues. I'm curious to see where the newly introduced plot is going to take us. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Jan 9, 2019

    Captain Marvel #1 is a debut with so much potential for where Carol Danvers goes from her re-entry into Earth. To say that the life of Captain Marvel is a full plate is an understatement, but half the fun with this hero is following every obstacle and challenge which pushes her to stand tall. You can't always get up if you aren't facing real problems. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Sequential Planet - Marcus Orchard Jan 10, 2019

    This is a great time to get into Captain Marvel, especially with a movie right around the corner. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Black Nerd Problems - L.E.H. Light Jan 10, 2019

    What is special about this issue is the way Thompson and team show us the Captain Marvel we already love. If you're looking to get to know Carol before she hits the big screen, this is designed to be the perfect place to start. If you're a fan from the past, come on home. This is our Carol, through and through. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Comic Watch - C. A. Wylie Jan 11, 2019

    The first issue was very good. I am very interested in seeing where Thompson goes with this dystopian plot. I want to pick up the second issue, and thats exactly the reaction a first issue should give. Looking forward to more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Matthew Sibley Jan 8, 2019

    Sharply written, gorgeously illustrated, and unabashedly feminist, Captain Marvel #1 is a showcase for what Carol and this creative team are capable of. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Jan 12, 2019

    The new Captain Marvel relaunch is a fun read with a lot of promise, but it does feel just a touch manufactured. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicsverse - Maite Molina Jan 9, 2019

    CAPTAIN MARVEL #1 may not be as vibrant of a start as one may expect, but it does set the stage for something truly eye-catching. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Jan 14, 2019

    Captain Marvel's history and friendships are reintroduced, along with some new additions to her world, in an issue that is really good at the whole "first issue exposition" thing. I'm looking forward to where this goes. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Multiversity Comics - Gustavo S Lodi Jan 11, 2019

    An excellent start for the new adventures of Captain Marvel, this issue not only promises a lot... it delivers. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    411Mania - John Pumpernickel Jan 17, 2019

    Captain Marvel #1 is a nice, safe issue for new fans but the ending may throw them off the path in the name of keeping older fanboys intrigued. Good, not great, but even after all that, I'll check out the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Jan 10, 2019

    Captain Marvel #1 accomplishes its goal of providing a fresh jumping on point for new and long-time readers. Kelly Thompson identifies what makes Carol Danvers great by highlighting her history and exploring some of her most important relationships. While the generic villain Captain Marvel fights was disappointing the shift in setting provides an interesting hook for the rest of this story arc. If you are someone looking to get into who Carol Danvers is before the movie comes out I recommend giving Captain Marvel #1 a try. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - David DeCorte Jan 8, 2019

    The creative team behind CAPTAIN MARVEL #1 offers strong ink and color work throughout the issue. Storywise, the first half works well, but the second half starts to unravel into multiple story strands that feel unresolved and meandering by the book's end. I'll trust that there's a plan in mind, but breaking this up into two or three more fleshed-out issues might have benefited the work. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Richard Gray Jan 9, 2019

    Captain Marvel #1 leaves us on a cliffhanger that takes Carol in a very different direction to what has come before, and this rapid change of direction signals a creative team willing to take some chances. It also means that there's still some more exposition to come. After this kitchen sink approach to the first book in the series, it's evident that these creators have the core of the character down pat, and it will be great to see this team settle into something more focused. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Beat - Joe Grunenwald Jan 9, 2019

    Thompson's script is on-point and she clearly has great affection for the characters she's working with, and Carnero's art is generally pretty solid. This is great set-up for what's to come for Carol. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jan 9, 2019

    Despite its strong suits, Captain Marvel #1 serves as a muddled and unfocused debut for the new series. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Critical Blast - RJ Carter Jan 13, 2019

    Heavy handed? A little bit. There's some nice dialogue, however, and it's pretty to look at in places. We're already putting bets down on how the 'shipping is going to go. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Bounding Into Comics - Dan Traeger Jan 28, 2019

    It's a first issue, and this creative team has potential. I'm willing to give Kelly Thompson a few issues before I nope out of this. Aah, who am I kidding. Carol Danvers is absolutely my favorite Marvel character and I'm not going anywhere. Most of you have already written off Captain Marvel as unsalvageable and that's okay. Marvel has given you buckets of reasons to do that. As for me, I remain hopeful that the new creative team will gel into something at least as special as what's currently going on in Mr. & Mrs. X. Until then I can't really recommend this to any but the most die-hard fans. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    ohhaimark Jan 11, 2019


    -I did like Spider-Woman's appearance a lot.

    -The art was decent. Nothing spectacular though.

    -I enjoyed Tony's appearance as well. He was very funny.

    THE BAD:

    -So we're doing that All-Star Superman style origin again?! This was slightly different, so I appreciate that, but it still felt like a variation on the same thing.

    -Wasn't a fan of Carol. I've never really liked her a whole lot though.

    -This was a very skippable issue for me. I don't feel like it added anything to my love for comics.

    -Hazmat was a very "meh" character for me. Couldn't care less about her.

    -So we have to do that whole interrupting-a-near-kiss cliche? Goo more

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  • 7.5
    egon244 Jan 11, 2019

    "dystopian Russian pimp"

    Thank you, Kelly Thompson. Thank you for washing off the terrible aftertaste The Life of Captain Marvel has left me with.

    Light and fun dialogue and great looking art. Looking forward for more.

  • 7.0
    thecomiccookebook Jan 9, 2019

    I guess Captain Marvel just isn't my thing. I can see why a lot of people will enjoy this and I appreciated how the book was being meta about her "image". Carol Danvers is much more likable in this than she has been in the last 3 years or so. Other than that, I found myself bored with the plot. Carmen Carnaro's art is passable but nothing fantastic. The plot could pick up but as of this issue, I'm still not sold on Carol.

  • 9.0
    YourGreenMuse Jan 13, 2019

    Well, I think this is the first Captain Marvel book I've enjoyed a lot since... Secret Wars. Which is when I really started given the character more focus, so past me was smart to jump into the slog that would become her many relaunched solo series after that. There's been issues here and there that had given me false hope, and I hope that this won't continue that trend. Funnily enough, I found out Kelly Thompson actually helped write the first and last series of Carol's that I enjoyed, Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps, at the end of this issue. So I'm a little less worried. As for the issue itself, I think I can say that Kelly Thompson's greatest strength as a writer is characters and dialogue. And that works out great for this issue, wh more

  • 7.0
    Spacey Medicine Jun 3, 2019

    I thought this was a fun issue, it’s very Kelly Thompson. I might one day be convinced to like Carol.

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    SloboSOY Jan 12, 2019

    I was eager to discover this new ongoing. I have some issue with Carol since she screw Julia Carpenter in Civil wars. But thanks to Andrade I return on the caracter. Since then many reboot was tryed.
    I wasn't totaly convinced by Life of Captain Marvel but ready for a new start, and then I see the sketch for the uchronic timeline. That put me down right away.
    So I fear a lot this issue and what I will read. But like for Mr & Mrs X or West Coast Avengers, Thompson did great.
    I really like that she seem to respect Slott work or Rhodey. I love the Tank boy thing ^^
    I also like she take care of Hazmat (Hoping this will not turn as for Aranä)
    I finish with a smile & she succeed to make me wanting to read the next issue. more

  • 9.5
    CrazyforRAMU Jul 26, 2019

    Captain Marvel returns to New York, smashing a kraken and getting attacked by the misogynistic Mahkizmo, the Nuclear Man. Filigreed around the edges of the outstanding cape action are some equally-outstanding soap-opera scenes. Carol reconnects with Jess and Rhodey, snarks with Tony, and picks up a promising would-be sidekick in Hazmat. It's a snappy, funny, sweet script that succeeds wildly at making these characters endearing. Combine the words with some polished, top-shelf art and you've got a corker of a #1. I'm not sure I've ever seen such a potent dose of character triage applied to a protagonist who needed it so desperately.

  • 9.0
    RaisingBlack Jan 11, 2019

    Kelly Thompson is the clear correct choice to give Captain Marvel her fresh start. The book has the right tone and really sets up the character in context. I know that the mission is to Make Carol Danvers more earthbound but I do help there is a balance made with her space adventures. Kelly Thompson writes a true jumping on point and Carman Nunez Carnero really supports with quality art. Kelly starts are off with a sense of time. I'm a little confused on continuity. Captain Marvel clearly joined the Avengers in Jason Aaron's book but in her solo title, it seems like the ask happened before the dark celestial storyline. It is a little confusing for readers of both books but it likely easier for those jumping on.

    All in all I love more

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  • 9.0
    waltgator93 Jan 11, 2019

    For a number one Issue it did a great job! Gave us some background knowledge on the character as well as setting up great stuff for the future! Right from the start you can feel the history between Jessica and Carol. The dialogue and art were well done. This one issue you can feel her dislike of Tony. For an issue with a lot of dialogue, it wasn’t a pain!

  • 8.5
    mrDovydas Mar 31, 2019

    Kelly Thompson is a great choice for this book. I wasn't too keen on reading another Captain Marvel book, but picked it up just because of the writer. And it's a very good introduction to the new series, loved it. Cannot wait to read more and I really hope it continues to be as strong.

  • 8.0
    Kalaoui Jan 11, 2019

    It's a good start but still not sold on Thompson's take. Carnero and Bonvillain delivered some really nice pages! Best take in a while at least.

  • 7.0
    MrLightRebel Feb 9, 2019

    Ok start. But I hope for more.

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    ryaleus Jan 14, 2019

    Utterly bad.Also can someone tell me why Tony Stark gets constantly insulted?

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    Wow subtlety is definitely not this book's strong suit. The villain is a literal misogynist. There are also so many cameos, it is almost like Kelly Thompson is afraid Captain Marvel isn't interesting enough on her own.

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