So in reading the rest of this arc I have solidified my enjoyment of the series. There seem to be a few growing pains, but I think that comes with any new comic trying to get everything on the same page and pace. At the same time, I feel that Carol Danvers is one of the strongest characters we have seen in comics in a while and it is only further backed by the strong secondary characters.
That is not to say she doesn’t have flaws. She has lots of them. She is proud, a bit of a show off, and a bit of a worry wort about others. That is what makes her strong, I feel. The fact that they acknowledge these and use them to the best of her abilities without it feeling contrived and forced.
In issue three I grew quite attached to the members of Banshee Squad. They each had a story that we got to explore a bit of their character. I enjoyed the idea of this all female band of World War II Misfits that got together and were fighting for survival while still keeping their honor and idea of their country. It was also a great way for us to get more back story on Carol.
What I did not like was that they pretty much vanished. Slowly they started to get phased out until they pretty much just vanish. Carol goes to meet Helen Cobb, her hero, but the Banshee’s just are no longer a part of the story. It was my biggest complaint. I wanted to know what happened to them further, but all I can hope for now it some mention of their outcome at a later issue.
Issue 5 I found fascinating to see the ideas that were wrapped up into females opposing the male status quo and how they wanted to be pilots. I also found it great to see the interaction between Carol and Helen develop. Other than that, the writing was great and the art was fantastic, but the book was that obligatory slow book.
Issue 6 is where everything happens. We see how Carol first become Ms. Marvel and then later Captain Marvel. The action is intense and has you very much on the end of your seat. The other nice thing is that there were no awkward poses during these high action scenes. Nothing that is deliberately trying to break spines or shift how people are looking. The challenge of Carol versus Helen is great, and I feel it gives a great amount of satisfaction to the reader after you hear about the rivalry and mentorship the I love the crisp colors and the slight change from the art style in the past to the present.
The ending is perhaps my favorite part of this, despite it leaving out the Banshees. I don’t want to ruin it, but it is a very heartfelt way to tie it up.
This is certainly a comic that I want to read more of and I am enjoying the team that is working on it. The art and story all come together very nicely and fit together. I think it is great to have a comic book that I enjoy reading on so many levels, and seeing these times shifts through a women’s eyes and as a women’s writer. I certainly give this a 5/5.