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Captain Marvel, Volume 1: In Pursuit of Flight

(Captain Marvel (2012) (Collected Editions) #1)

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The "Mightiest" of Earth's Mightiest Heroes is back!

Ace pilot. Legendary Avenger. One hundred percent pure bad-@$$. Carol Danvers has a new name, a new mission - and all the power she needs to make her own life a living hell. As the new Captain Marvel, Carol is forging from a challenge from her past!

It's a firefight in the sky as the Banshee Squadron debut - but who are
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Paperback, Trade, 136 pages
Published January 1st 2013 by Marvel
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Gerson Filho Actually there are two Captains Marvel, the one originally published by Fawcett Comics and currently owned by DC Comics, and the one owned by Marvel…moreActually there are two Captains Marvel, the one originally published by Fawcett Comics and currently owned by DC Comics, and the one owned by Marvel Comics.
DC's Captain Marvel is the one you're familiar with, nowadays he called Shazam, since DC gave up the Marvel name since the New 52 in 2011.
Marvel's Captain Marvel is a title held by a number of different characters, and Carol Danvers, ex-Miss Marvel, is the current one.(less)
Zach Chapman This is actually a great run to start reading the character on. The first issue is decent, but it picks up quickly and it isn't confusing for newbies

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Alejandro
Aug 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Marvel has her champion!


This TPB collects "Captain Marvel" #1-6.


I bought this on its single comic books but I chose this TPB edition to make a better overall review.


Creative Team:

Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick

Illustrators: Dexter Soy & Emma Ríos


SHE IS CAPTAIN MARVEL

When I knew about this title, I got interested due that this new incarnation of Carol Danvers wasn't presented like the mightiest heroine, but, hero, period, wow!!!

I think that it's finally the first step to get a female hero in
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Anne
Apr 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
I was really expecting something awesome from this one, but it just didn't deliver. Maybe my expectations were too high?

I felt like I'd already read the Carol Danvers Accepts Her Destiny story back in Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: Best of the Best.
And, no. This wasn't the same story, but...
It just didn't bring anything new to the table. Sorry.

My second problem was the buttload of Grrrrl Power that got shoved down my throat. I mean, I shouldn't have a problem with it.
Technically... I'm a Grrrl.
And yet.
Th
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Kemper
Mar 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014, comics, superhero, marvel
“Is it Mrs or Miss Marvel?“

“It was Ms but now you can just call me Captain.”

I always thought Ms Marvel/ Carol Danvers was one of the toughest heroes in the Marvel universe. You didn’t see Captain America or Iron Man fighting Skrulls while wearing a one piece bathing suit and thigh high boots, did you? I rest my case.

After 35 years Marvel finally decided that it was time to give Carol some pants as well as a promotion. With a new outfit and name that honors the fallen Captain Marvel, Carol is rea
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David - proud Gleeman in Branwen's adventuring party
"Book - you have the right to a speedy trial" - review

THE DEFENSE
- Sassy and likable, Carol Danvers shines all throughout this modern retelling of her origin story.

- The dialogue is very witty and entertaining, I literally laughed out loud many times while reading it.

- Interesting subplot involving Helen Cobb's history and her impact on Carol.

- Thought-provoking look into gender politics and the discrimination women often face.

THE PROSECUTION
- No real compelling antagonist. Most of th
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Jeff
May 28, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: comix
Unlike DC, Marvel has a lackluster history of comic titles featuring their female superheroes. The only one that comes to mind is the She-Hulk and that was basically played for fourth-wall-breaking laughs. “Hey, She-Hulk, jump rope naked or try to fit into a suit that’s 5 sizes too small for you. Go ahead. We’ll watch” Yuk-yuk. (Sigh) With a title now devoted to Captain Marvel, it would be nice if Marvel Comics is finally righting a collective wrong.

This is a decent volume with a story centering
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Bradley
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this. Maybe it's my fascination with strong women characters, or perhaps I'm just a sucker for Captain Marvel. Either way, I love how she gets things done.

This volume also had heart. No sappy romance or love interests involved. It was all about following your dreams, doing the right thing in the moral grey zone, and making the best of the hand you've been dealt, or not dealt because of a few men's stupid decisions.

The time travel, the recap of her origin story, the buddy-buddy w
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Jerecho
May 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Story - 3.25
Graphics 2.75
Sesana
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, superhumans
I fully admit that my top reason for picking up this trade was that amazing cover. I absolutely love Carol's new look, and I love the style this cover (and the first four issues or so) was done in. It reminds me of WWII propaganda posters, which, considering the storyline, was almost certainly intentional as well as looking just amazing.

So, the storyline. Carol has decided to drop the Ms. Marvel name and take on the Captain Marvel name. It is about time, let's be honest, but I really like the wa
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Crystal Starr Light
WOW!! This was SO GOOD!

I seem to have the worst luck choosing comics/graphic novels. They are either dry as dirt or confusing as hell. I've even wondered if maybe I'm not a comic book girl.

And then I find comics like this one that makes me want to fist punch the air and scream, "Yessssss! I finally get it!"

Carol Danvers is officially my favorite super heroine. She is tough, smart, and powerful - and yet she has female friends that she legitimately cares about (such as Tracy - don't know her spec
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GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott)
Sep 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, marvel, superhero

I don't really know squat about Carol Danvers. I mean, I see her in the Avengers and I've always kinda liked her - but I've never read a solo comic where she is front and center.

This one got a lot of hype and heaps of praise when it was first released. I don't know why - I just never jumped on the bandwagon.

Now, a couple years later, here I am.

And ya know what? I really friggin liked it.

The right tone, the right art, the right story and the right time. OR in the case of this volume...the right t
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Ashley
I may have shot myself in the foot with this one by reading out of order, and then again, maybe I didn’t.

Confusingly, Captain Marvel, Vol. 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More is not actually the first volume of Kelly Sue DeConnick’s run with Captain Marvel. This one is. And it’s in this volume that Carol Danvers, previously Ms. Marvel, swaps out her black leotard and thigh-highs for a sensible and badass red and blue costume and a blonde mohawk-type thing that sticks out of her red helmet, taking o
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James DeSantis
May 02, 2019 rated it liked it
This was actually pretty solid. I should have went back and read Kelly Sue Deconnick first run at the character before jumping in on her 2nd.

So this is when Carol takes the mantle and becomes Captain Marvel. I kind of love the first issue being about her not wanting to, and respecting Marvell, but Captain America is like "Listen here homeslice, you're a good person. You've protected a lot of people. You are HONORING his name. So do it. For us. For you." And that is one of the big deciding facto
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Mike
Oct 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned-and-read
I've already read issue 1 when it came out, but even re-reading it, I caught a chill a misted up when Carol announces "I'm taking the damned name." There's such a strength of purpose and drive that leaps off the page with this issue, it makes me want to reach harder and higher than I ever do in my life. Then the sharp, crisp dialogue between characters: so easy to imagine hearing these conversations, so compelling - I want to know these women, ride their coattails and want the excitement of just ...more
Otherwyrld
Apr 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
I was disappointed in this one. As the first volume in a new series about Carol Danvers taking on the mantle of Captain Marvel, I really didn't want the first story to be all about her gender. Yes, I get that it has to be addressed, but this story felt like it was hitting me over the head with the feminine angle. As a woman, I consider myself to be a feminist, albeit not a radical one, so I didn't really need to have it explained how women throughout history have been held back by a patriarchal ...more
Get X Serious
Sep 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Please god, somebody tell Marvel to come up with a plot that doesn't involve time travel.
Anna
Feb 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, read-in-2019
Good introduction to Captain Marvel. However, I wasn't a big fan of the drawing style.
Sam Quixote
Jun 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
I’ve known about Captain Marvel and Carol Danvers for a while just through reading Avengers books, but I’ve never read a standalone piece featuring the character - and having read “In Pursuit of Flight” I’m in no hurry to pick up another!

Not knowing much about the character beyond her powers and name might have made reading this that much harder to get into as there are characters in this book that aren’t introduced as the writer, Kelly Sue Deconnick, assumes you already know about them. Who’s
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Cathy
I really liked this, more than I expected to. I'm working backward now, it seems. I started with the new Ms. Marvel about Kamala Khan. It finally seemed like a place where I could dip my toe into superhero comics without being so confused or overwhelmed with the history and changing timelines and universes and everything else that's been a barrier all of the times that I've tried to figure out where to start reading them. I've been reading graphic novels and comics for a few years, but just have ...more
Christina Kneidel
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: marvel-comics
This is my first Carol Danvers comic and she fucking SLAYS. This is her introduction to the Captain Marvel mantel. She has been in A TON of comics over the year and has appeared as Ms. Marvel, Binary and War Bird in multiple story arcs. During the aftermath from the war with the X-Men (Avengers vs. X-Men, 2012) she decides to pick up the mantel of Captain Marvel.
The comic book picks up with her and Captain America taking care of shit in New York and her coming to terms with taking up the Captai
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Daniel
May 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
OMGWTF THEY CHANGED MS MARVEL'S COSTUME AND SHE'S NOT EVEN MS MARVEL ANYMORE WHYYYYYYYYY???????

Here's why: Because Kelly Sue DeConnick kicks everyone's ass.

Change isn't always bad. Come on Marvel readers, think about it. There really is no better contender for the Captain Marvel mantle than Carol Danvers. And in this title, she is every bit as awesome and complex as she's ever been. She continues to be the strong and sarcastic leader and protector, yet still struggling to find her footing as bot
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Aaron
Captain Marvel (aka Carol Danvers) takes a time traveling ride back to WWII and then the 1960's to meet her pilot mentor in her younger days.

I definitely like Carol as Captain Marvel, one of the most interesting female heroes I've read. This was a nice look at the character and boosted my interest for the upcoming movie a bit. I liked her character and dialogue here, but it didn't feel like a great place to jump into her story. Probably because it wasn't really about her so much as her mentor. I
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David Schaafsma
I wanted to like this and may read on to see if it creates a story I can engage in but. . . not yet. It's colorful and my kids liked it okay. It skips back story to jus get into it, which I guess makes sense as an artistic choice. . . that's the problem with rebooting. Back story slows things down. However, I don't know much about Carol Danvers, the Captain, or this world, and this just felt like a shoot-em-up comic with girls as shooters. I liked the art work, colorful, solid, by Soy, but I thi ...more
Katie
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Someday I'll read a comic book that can manage a linear story and no time travel. I'M NOT BITTER.
The art and characters were grand, though. So yeah.
Wing Kee
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book made me uncomfortable but in the best possible way!

I'm a lifelong comic book reader and a DC reader so I had no prior knowledge to the Ms. Marvel Carol Danvers character other than what I see at Con and the cosplay, clearly she's popular for many reasons but I can see the initial hook (who wears that fighting crime?). Yes I'm a dude and I did and do appreciate what Marvel was doing with this character in terms of appeal to their then mainly male readership. But over the years and as th
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Paz R.M.
2 Stars.
''Time travel, Helen. Yes I know. No one likes it, but we're here now.''
Sometimes you read something and you go all fangirl/fanboy on it. Sometimes you read something and you liked it but there's that one detail that bothers you and you have to fully explain it so people can understand why you didn't love it. Sometimes you read something and you hate it with all your guts and you have to rant because it was an useless and pointless experience and such a waste of time (I've been there t
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Janine Spendlove
I have so many feelings about this graphic novel, I cannot even adequately put them into words. For starters it's like Kelly Sue knew exactly what my buttons were, and then mashed them all down repeatedly.

Where to start? How about with the fact that Carol Danvers left the Air Force as a full bird colonel making her solidly at least 40 years old. Yep, that's right, this badass super hero, with powers galore, is a fully matured, adult woman, basically starting her second career in life (as a supe
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Ran
Oct 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Carol Danvers takes the name of Captain Marvel. Flying in Helen Cobb's plane brings her back to WWII ... where DeConnick's Japanese is awesomesauce. Carol does a lot of time traveling. Is that a prereq of being a Captain?

Highlights:

+ Cap and Cap are real cute.

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+ Spidey is a smart man.

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+ The historian in me squealed. Imma make this a poster.

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+ Carol was born in Boston. Fuck yeah! (Sorry Stevie ... )

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+ Banshee squad is a-ma-zing.

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Wish we got to know them better, though.

Two things:

- G-loc? Can
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Gavin
Aug 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Hmm...let's see...I like the WWII-era propaganda poster-style artwork covers.
I like the female hero being an ass-kicker, I like Captain America showing up and I like Spider-Man's humour.
Not so good: WAYY too much time travel/warp stuff.
Nice to see the WWII era female team and the 60s era female pilots, but it's a little ridiculous to think the 60s ones were dressed more modestly than the WWII ones, who look ridiculous.
Art-wise I like the Dexter Soy issues (1-4) better than the (5-6) Emma Rios i
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Nikki
Oct 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
I think I'm completely new to Captain Marvel -- I've heard bits about her, and about the original Mar-Vell, but I haven't read a comic featuring Carol Danvers yet as far as I can remember. If I have, and I've forgotten, shame on me, but this makes for a great introduction: I fell right in love with the character. She's unabashedly completely kickass, she's gorgeous (the art is gorgeous, though I preferred Dexter Soy's work to Emma Rios'), she cares, and I don't think she knows how to give up.

I l
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Amanda Pearl
I really wanted to like this one. I really like Carol's personality and I think I liked her back story, but it was hard to follow. This assumes you know Carol's history, it isn't kind to newcomers. The art is ok, I don't think the portrayal of women is too over the top except for one character. (view spoiler) ...more
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“Knew you the second you set foot on my property, kid. Even as young as you were, how could I not? Folks want to blame someone for gals like us. “Her daddy was unkind” or “some fella broke her heart” … Hogwash. You and me’ve always been like this. Always a little removed. Always… dreaming.
Of higher, further, faster… more. Always more. We came into this world spittin’ mad, runnin’ full bore… To or from what, I ain’t never been able to tell. Over the years, I’ve come to think of these particular traits as the shared attributes of a chosen people… the Lord put us here to punch holes in the sky.
And when the soul is born with that kind of purpose… It’ll damn sure find a way. We’re gonna get where we’re going, you and me. Death and indignity be damned… we’ll get there…
…And we will be the stars we were always meant to be.”
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