Warning: This review contains spoilers.
Carol Corps, assemble! Kelly Sue DeConnick is joined by artist Marcio Takara to deliver another fantastic issue of Captain Marvel. Like its titular character, this issue is equal parts brash and fun as the majority of the issue features Carol and Rocket Raccoon arguing over the fate of her cat, Chewie. Since assuming the mantle of Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers has become one of the true cornerstones of the Marvel Universe, a testament to the publisher’s faith in the creators. DeConnick has done a fantastic job in fleshing out the character’s personality, making it one of the series’ main draws.
Marcio Takara takes over art duties from David Lopez, swapping out the clean, traditional superhero aesthetic of the previous issues for a more stylized look. The resulting presentation is a visual treat. There is not much action in the issue aside from the opening sequence, enabling Takara to focus on expressions and body language which complement DeConnick’s script. Whether it’s the grogginess that accompanies waking up in the morning, the tenderness of calming a scared pet, or the aggression in threatening another, Takara’s art fully fleshes out Carol’s range of emotions so that, even without the words, the tone of a given moment is expressed. The one complaint, albeit minor, is his design for Rocket Raccoon. Given Scottie Young’s stellar work in the Rocket Raccoon series, other renditions of the character simply fall short by comparison.
Lee Loughridge continues to provide the colors for this series, and his work is much improved from the previous issue. Back in issue #6, the artwork was lost in an overuse of yellow hues, but here the color palette is rich and diverse. Hues are fittingly muted due to the story’s setting on the confines of a ship, and the use of blues help give the spacecraft a cold, sterile feel. Later, the sudden and heavy use of reds clue readers into the unseen threats lurking about. One can’t help but hope this level of quality continues.
Following the events of the previous issue, DeConnick uses most of this issue as a means to slow down the story and catch up with the characters themselves. The character-centric narrative does not progress the story along, save for the final few pages, but it doesn’t need to. The dialogue and character interactions, especially the banter between Carol and Rocket, keeps readers engaged, refusing to let go. Their reciprocal contempt for one another is alone worth the price of admission.
Captain Marvel continues to lead the charge for Marvel, pushing the publisher towards both greater gender equality and high-quality, fun fare. Issue #7 is business as usual for the series, which is to say that it’s an easy recommendation.
Note: This review was originally published at InfiniteComix.com