Teleporting rock goddesses, impromptu weddings, and a whole lot of rhyming. Captain Marvel #9 contains plenty of new elements to kick off Carol Danvers’ latest adventure, an almost-one-shot by writer Kelly sue DeConnick and artist David Lopez. Yes, after a two issue hiatus, this series’ regular artist returns, bringing along what has quickly become a defining look for the character. Given the events of this issue, his ability to give Carol various sarcastic and unamused facial expressions prove to be vital. This includes a wonderfully simple cover that will undoubtedly draw comparisons to the Image series The Wicked + The Divine.
As has been the case throughout the series, DeConnick’s script gives her artist the opportunity to flex their creative muscles in rendering new and varied subjects, from individuals to whole worlds. Remarkably, DeConnick manages to do this by introducing one new element to the story which throws a wrench in the lives of Carol and her compatriots. This month, it’s the inclusion of Lily Cheney, who happens to randomly teleport on the ship.
Fitting the book’s playful tone, Lily’s sudden inclusion comes across as the creators directly talking to their readers. It’s a snappy, banter-filled scene that boils down to “this is what’s going to happen, and it’s going be a lot of fun.” That is exactly what is delivered. The overall script is relatively light and does nothing to really further the greater Captain Marvel narrative, with the exception of an ambiguous final panel. However, one can’t help but feel joy when reading this.
As mentioned, David Lopez has admirably developed a defining look for Carol Danvers’ Captain Marvel. Chief among his contributions is the amount of personality he has given to Carol. Each panel is full of personality thanks to his expressive facial work. Joy. Sorrow. Confusion. Excitement. The wide spectrum of moods adds to the almost party-like atmosphere of the issue. If there is a complaint, it is the few pages near the beginning where Carol’s eyes appear to be completely closed on every panel. However, this is a minor nitpick in Lopez’s overall work.
Month after month, Captain Marvel proves to be one of the most consistent, enjoyable titles being published. This isn’t an epic, universe changing title but a 20-page party – and that’s exactly the way it should stay.
Note: This review was originally published at InfiniteComix.com