In this case we get a huge plot twist that didn’t have much wiggle room to begin with, a colorist still destroying art, and an artist still maintaining some semblance of quality despite the lack of light, shadow, and depth.
It’s still better than anything that’s been done with this character in the past few years, but…
[easyazon_link identifier=”B07KKQ9DGL” locale=”US” tag=”boundingintocomics-20″]Captain Marvel #2[/easyazon_link]It is mostly filler and preparation for what we hope will pay off better in the next few issues. I know I’m directing Polyana Whittier Here, but you can see Kelly Thompson’s story beats starting to take shape. However, I really wanted to skip the show’s extensive introduction scenes and get back to the story. The bad guy only appears on five pages of this story, long enough for him to kick his ass and run away.
There’s a lot of unnecessary padding here which makes me think editor Sarah Brønstad doesn’t do much other than add her excessively theatrical sound to the awkwardly named column of letters, Letters From the Wings. Thompson also appears to be having a rough time with the world-class building mechanics you’ve created. There is a force dampening effect, but it seems to come and go, and Carol doesn’t seem to be affected at all. There is time dilation within the bubble, it is limited to Roosevelt Island which is a problem in itself. For those of you who don’t know, Roosevelt Island It is only about two miles long and 800 feet wide. There is virtually nowhere to turn and nowhere to hide. The Heroic Resistance Squad magically possesses an underground bunker full of military translations and computer equipment. It even appears to be accessible by car, which is a problem, especially if the vault in question is in the subway system. Just… So many problems with this plot.
The rhythm continues.
Thomson’s debate on this issue is all over the place. It ranges from totally boring, like the front page of The Problem with the interviews on the street and the choppy scene where the Avengers pretty much says it screws up, it can handle, to really good. She once again pinned the dialogue between Jessica Drew and Carol, and the interaction between the female rescues is decent enough…mostly. Thompson throws a lot of balls in the air with this problem. Someone randomly mentions Yard (I guess that’s where Rogue plays in v4) Nuclear Man has some kind of home base full of nearly unstoppable bots that come into play at the end of the problem, there’s one guy helping the ladies and no Does anyone know anything about him, Echo is on the scene and literally no one thinks to have her in the polls? None of the men were ever found on Roosevelt Island, hence the She Hulk. This is a Claremont-sized block of sub-plot points that Thompson pushed into one problem. I just hope it doesn’t take years to solve these problems like he did. Truthfully, I don’t think Thompson will have that kind of time before the inevitable Captain Marvel reboot.
Light, shadow and depth.
Carmen Carneiro is once again transforming into beautiful stellar art. There are three things that really hit her here. First, inking it really flat. He insisted that she needed a lover who knew how to play with bold lines, someone who knew light and shadow. I swear this comic is like watching a movie without a film director. The second thing is that she doesn’t have a visual sense of style when it comes to technology. Obviously no one is Jon Byrne when it comes to drawing killer robots, but Carneiro has the potential to be great at drawing tech. Drawing it in pencil can easily lend itself to cool tech scenes.
Once again the painter explodes art
The last thing that ruins the story is Tamara Bonvillain’s choice of soft pastels. It is psychedelically distracting. The backgrounds are oddly smeared with plenty of soft yellow, and the foreground art turns muddy under the weight of a cliff of pastel colours. Carmen Carnero’s art fits perfectly with the primary color palette with which most superhero stories are presented, and Bonvillain’s choice of pastels ruins her artwork. This is one of the most under-coloured series I’ve ever seen.
All things considered, this series is recommended at best. I can see where Thompson is heading with the story and I remain optimistic that everything will change once she starts making some gains. If you are interested in this series and you missed the first version, you can also skip this issue. [easyazon_link identifier=”B07KKQ9DGL” locale=”US” tag=”boundingintocomics-20″]Captain Marvel #2[/easyazon_link] Mostly just a starting point for the next few issues.
Comic Book Review: Captain Marvel #2
- hard pencil
- great super joke
- Interesting plot points
- Poor choice for the first Sagittarius villain
- Rapid expansion of subsidiary plots