Warning: This review contains spoilers.
Captain Marvel #8 is packed with big action, big laughs, and a strong storytelling from writer Kelly Sue DeConnick. Continuing from last issue’s reveal, Carol Danvers must deal with the fact that her cat, Chewie, isn’t a cat but a Flerken. Also, Rocket Raccoon has now reprogrammed Carol’s ship so that it now speaks cat, or is it flerken? Regardless, the ship now meows and is being invaded by a giant, space-slime monster. Also, Chewie just laid a few hundred Flerken eggs. If this sounds outrageous, over-the-top, and entertaining, it’s because it is.
Kelly Sue DeConnick continues to be one of comics’ best storytellers, putting readers “in the moment” better than most others at the Big Two. In Captain Marvel #8, though Carol’s larger story arc does not progress much, DeConnick and artist Marcio Takara create a thrilling and, frankly, hilarious adventure within the confines of a spaceship. In a refreshing turn of events, DeConnick’s script wraps up a brief, two-issue arc that runs contrary the industry trend of decompressed storytelling.
Dating back to the series’ previous volume, Captain Marvel has been a source of fantastically written characters – specifically character interactions. The dynamic between Carol, Rocket, and Chewie (yes, Chewie) is the standout element of the issue. Wise to the character’s rising star, DeConnick’s inclusion of Rocket Raccoon for this arc has been a masterstroke. The continued bickering between Carol and Rocket rival any major comedy act in terms of pure entertainment. Not to be outdone, the relationship between Rocket and Chewie – especially once the latter’s Flerken abilities are put on full display – takes an unexpected turn away from animosity.
Macio Takara’s artwork is once again solid. His style, which features evident manga influences, continues Marvel’s trend of hiring artists that can bring visually distinct aesthetics to their titles – a well documented point of differentiation from the Distinguished Competition. Unfortunately, a good percentage of panels lack any sense of depth or three-dimensionality due to the inking. Lee Loughridge utilizes a diverse, vibrant color palette, Unfortunately, there are the occasional moments where the choice in color, combined with the aforementioned criticisms of Takara’s art, causes the panels to fall completely flat. Thankfully, these moments are few and far between – rarely distracting from the issue’s overall enjoyment.
Consistent with the issues that have come before it, Captain Marvel #8 is an enjoyable, cosmic adventure in the Marvel Universe. DeConnick’s work in developing Carol Danvers has made this into a must-read title.
Note: This review was originally published at InfiniteComix.com