Captain Marvel #10 marks Carol Danvers’ 100th solo adventure, and understandably Marvel has marked the occasion with the release of an over-sized (32 pages) and overpriced ($4.99) issue. Writer Kelly Sue DeConnick is joined by artists David Lopez, Marcio Takara, and Laura Braga for a revenge-fueled adventure… not starring Carol Danvers. Though the spotlight is on a supporting cast not seen since the first issue, it is the impact Carol has had on these individuals that shines from cover to cover.
At first glance, readers may be disappointed that very little Captain Marvel appears in Captain Marvel #10. With Carol Danvers reading letters from her friends as a framing device, DeConnick’s narrative is broken up into three main segments, utilizing a different artist for each. While the shift in art styles are a little jarring, the changes make sense within the context of this story. This technique is often employed only to fall flat in its execution. But given that multiple characters will perceive the world and its events differently, the transition from David Lopez’s clean lines for Kit to Marcio Takara’s stylized art is a sound visual representation for the reader.
The most surprising facet of this issue is how well the multiple narrative structure works. Though there are three main segments to the story, there are about five distinct narrative voices for DeConnick to manage over the course of the issue. For the most part, she is successful. Kit’s youthfulness is most differentiated from the rest of the cast, with DeConnick convincingly changing the sentence-structure and syntax common in Captain Marvel to reflect the character’s narration. Similarly, David Lopez alters his art from its usual aesthetic to give her segment a more “all ages” feel.
The Jessica Drew segment is the book’s strongest and weakest at the same time. Though it is extremely entertaining and well written, DeConnick does not do quite enough to make Jessica’s voice distinct from the titular character. Based on the previous nine issues, had Carol Danvers been used instead of Jessica, it would have played out nearly the same. However, readers will come away from this issue hoping for DeConnick to pen Spider-Woman’s solo adventures at some point.
Captain Marvel #10 does not push the overall story forward, but that’s not its intention. The common through-line is that Carol Danvers’ presence in these character’s lives has made them better and stronger individuals. She has risen to become an inspirational figure in the Marvel Universe – one whose ideals both supporting cast members and readers alike can aspire towards. To that end, this collaboration between DeConnick, Lopez, Takara, and Braga is a rousing success.
Note: This review was originally published at InfiniteComix.com