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Captain Marvel, Volume 2: Down

(Captain Marvel (2012) (Collected Editions) #2)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  6,194 ratings  ·  344 reviews
Former Captain Marvel Monica Rambeau teams up with Carol Danvers to uncover a mechanical mystery - a deep sea danger decades in the making - and when an indestructible menace rises from the depth, the two women take sisterhood to new heights as they combine forces to bring it down! But as Carol returns home after the encounter she finds herself a changed woman. Something i ...more
Paperback, Trade, 136 pages
Published June 4th 2013 by Marvel
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C.G. Drews
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
oh this was super good 👀i haven't read a comic in ages and yes for just diving into a Captain Marvel. most of the art was actually quite different to the average comic and I loved the style. Some of the panels of Carol's face were so vulnerable and emotional. make my heart b r e a k why don't you.

i also quite appreciated that a lot of the plot was her managing an illness + being a superhero. she has a potential brain liaison and wasn't operating at full speed, and i just liked this?? it made me
Jul 09, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I enjoyed this volume quite a bit more than the last one. For some reason, I'm still not sold on this Captain Marvel, though.
I've noticed that she's certainly not a solo-superhero, and I like that she seems to collect friends and allies as the book moves forward.
Also, she's a decent person.

So this time around the big Thing is that she has some sort of a tumor in her head, and if she uses her flight power...bad things happen to her brain.
She won't die, but she'll lose all memory of wha
Sam Quixote
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
After reading her surprisingly good Avengers Assemble series, I thought it’d be worth revisiting Kelly Sue DeConnick’s Captain Marvel – was I too harsh with the first volume? Welll… not really, unfortunately.

Here’s why I think her Avengers series is basically the opposite of her Captain Marvel series, and why they differ so much in quality. Avengers Assemble is a series which has volume-length arcs that are self-contained, hence no Volume 1, 2, 3 etc. and anyone can pick them up and enjoy them
Dec 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Strong start in volume one, and I had high hopes for volume two. It started strong with a great robot bashing, but unfortunately right after that, the artwork dropped below inferior. The lines made everyone look like angular myopic freaks.

Okay. That really shouldn't mess to hard with the story, per se, but the story was just okay. Some really interesting things were happening and being alluded to in the first volume, all of which were ignored pretty much entirely to set up a possible Great Retco
Cognitive dissonance is balls.

So, look. I love Kelly Sue DeConnick's writing. I love Carol Danvers. In general, I am a huge fan of everything that is going down in this book. BUT THE ART WAS SO DISTRACTING AND I HATED IT.

The first two issues were okay. Dexter Soy continued his run from the first volume. And while I'm not a fan of his art, either, at least he manages to draw people that look like actual people. Starting at issue #9, Filipe Andrade takes over, and while there's a certain beauty to
James DeSantis
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Whoa, a Captain Marvel book I really enjoyed. I knew it would eventually happen.

This one is a lot more family/friend drama, and I think that's when Carol becomes more interesting. With dealing with her dying friend and her cancer, to working on defending the world from a giant T-Rex, with also dealing with her own sickness she is developing, this poor super lady has a lot on her plate. Once she starts helping others it just goes to show how much it is effecting her. She's gain headaches that ar
Dec 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
As with the first Captain Marvel book, I liked half the art (Dexter Soy's work) and then hated the latter half. More so in this one. Carol just looks deformed in half of this. But story-wise, this is another good volume: Carol as Captain Marvel is rash, determined, unstoppable, and the latter half of the book with the worries about her health kept me interested. It doesn't matter that I'm lacking some of Carol's backstory -- and the Helen Cobb story from the first volume seems to be playing a bi ...more
Jul 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Still delivering the natural dialogue, and continuing with not-stale conflicts/villains/antagonists/whatever. The creative teaming here continues to deliver - fun, adventurous, unusual, and grounded.

I really enjoy reading this book. It's entirely like watching a bunch of old friends - it's clear they're very comfortable around each other, there's none of that comick-booky speech impediment that sounds like a bad Shakespeare impression. Instead I just get to hear people giving (and barely taking)
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, superhumans
DeConnick pulls out all the stops here. There's giant sharks and a mech and a mysterious villain and guest stars and... Oh, and there's also characters with human emotions and frailties speaking to each other naturally, like people who have known each other for a very long time. I can't ask for anything more than this, a superhero comic with both style and substance.
Solid story with above-average art as well.
Dylan Williams
Oct 31, 2014 rated it liked it
Captain Marvel is seriously going to make the best movie! Enjoyed this volume a lot, wasn't quite as good as the first - but Kelly Sue DeConnick is a fantastic writer! ...more
Sophie (Blame Chocolate) *on hiatus*
DeConnick did it again - she delivered a powerful story with a kickass heroine, the perfect amount of mystery and action, great dialogue and narrative flow, plus a well-rounded cast of equally amazing side characters and villains.

I think it would have been even better if I had read some Ms Marvel issues first to stay up to date with certain events that occurred in this volume, however, I never feel like I'm in way over my head with DeConnick's work - she always makes sure to put the reader up to
Carol's day-to-day routine is disrupted by a giant robot, a dinosaur fight, and a throwdown with Deathbird. Her world is turned upside down when she discovers a tumor in her head could erase her memories if she keeps flying. Considering Carol is a pilot and loves flying, guess if she stops...

A better collection than volume 1 in terms of writing and story, but I didn't like Felipe Andrade's skinny and asymmetrical art in the last four issues. I'm also not clear on the pseudoscience behind the tum
Nadine Jones
I really want to love this series but it keeps disappointing me. My main complaint: I had no idea what was going on or who the other characters were. It's only been a few months since I read the previous volume, I can't have forgotten all of it, can I? Who is Monica? What are her powers? Who is Frank Gianelli? Did Captain Marvel work at "Woman" magazine in the previous volume? Why was that mentioned so often? Who are Rose, Dr Nayar, and Tracy? Why did Carol take Tracy to Dr Nayar if the appointm ...more
This was very disappointing. The first half was OK, but if I hadn't read up in other locations about who Monica was it would have meant nothing to me. I don't expect recap of years of history for new readers when each issue is so short, but the source of their rivalry was very unclear without outside knowledge. As for the art, it's very, very clear that the first half was better than the second, but the colors were questionable. I'm pretty sure Monica is supposed to be African American, but in a ...more
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. I didn't realise when I borrowed this from the library that it was volume 2, which was more than a little annoying as I know practically nothing about Captain Marvel except that she's a badass and a pilot and Marvel are making a Captain Marvel movie. Thankfully, Wikipedia helped out with the couple of things that threw me, and the rest was fairly smooth sailing.

I ADORED the first two issues in this. The art was glorious, Carol was basically 1000% sass, and she was well on her way to
Sep 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic
Really enjoying DeConnick's Captain Marvel run. One of the best things is that Carol is allowed to have female friends and they talk to about their passions, worry about each other, and enjoy one anothers' company. That is harder to find in comics than some would think. I also love that Carol's outfit seems pretty practical. Even the sash around her waist is actually a tool she uses on multiple occasions in the series.

Captain Marvel, Vol. 2: Down starts out with a fun plot involving Carol and M
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
For all the work they did establishing Carol Danvers badasskickery in the last Volume, they undo a bunch of it here. I understand part of it is for the story narrative, but too much of it makes her into an idiot, immature, and dumb. Also, this version (written by the same author as the first volume) seems to focus on the jokes more than other parts. So where she was badass tough girl Vol 1, she's jokey girl who is emotionally stunted here.

It was interesting to team her up with an earlier Captain
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Why I am so behind on comics: this book came out in June. I ordered it for my library in June. It finally got processed and sent to me... yesterday. In November.

But it was worth the wait. I love everything about this!! Carol, obv, but also Monica and Jess and Wendy and Kit and CHEWIE <3 <3 <3 I love that it's just cool, smart, strong women kicking ass (and kicking shark and kicking dinosaur) and having sort of relatable human problems (such as taking your cat to the vet, only to be attacked by
Aug 20, 2016 rated it liked it
A bit of a mishmash of disconnected stories compared to the solid arc of the previous volume. Each of the brief tales collected here seems to be a little bit of a stall, not really building to anything important. I can't say I was particularly thrilled by a random giant robot battle or a haphazard fight with a bird woman, particularly since they each lack much of a climax.

That said, DeConnick's knack for dialogue and character shines here even more than in the previous book, and I loved getting
Jan 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: comic-books
I really, really want to like Kelly Sue Deconnick's Captain Marvel more than I do.

In the last volume I mentioned that I felt the execution of the arc was a little off to me. Carol ends up travelling in time and reliving her origins in becoming the original Ms. Marvel. I think my main issue is that it never was explained to my satisfaction how it was that Helen Cobb's plane essentially became a time machine, even though I knew that the Deconnick's whole purpose in the arc was to revisit Carol's o

In the second volume of DeConnick's initial Captain Marvel run, Carol teams up with another previous Captain Marvel, Monica Rambeau, to uncover a deep sea threat near Louisiana. Once that's dealt with however, she has her own problems to deal with, one that may cause her to lose not only her mantle but everything she considers near and dear.

This volume felt like it had a little more room to set up Carol's relationships with her close friends and her superhero colleagues but it still wasn't
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a great follow-up to the first volume. Having had the chance to trade her destiny with Helen Cobb, Carol has chosen to be Captain Marvel in name and in mission, and now that is threatened. Her ability to fly, her neighbors, the people she cares about, and her life is threatened. She gets to have some fun with the name first, and I love the interactions with Monica and Frank, but ultimately this is about Carol, and everything good in her life is at risk.

Then it ends on a gasp.

Having read
Shellina Nefelibata
Apr 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Hate when the art style changes half way through a series....
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Five stars for the story, 3.5 stars for the art- I don't know why, I just wasn't as much of a fan of the art style for issues 9-12, I thought Carol looked kinda weird. But the story was great!
Oct 08, 2017 rated it liked it
I picked this up from the library along with volume one and I almost regretted because I didn't enjoy the first book. The story here is better, but goes on a bit too long.

The first part of this book involves a former Captain Marvel, Monica Rambeau, and a giant robot that rises out of the Gulf of Mexico. The relationship between the two women is well done. I don't know anything about Monica though, so I feel like part of their banter loses its impact. The most interesting portion is how it relate
Nancy Meservier
Nov 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Kelly Sue DeConnick continues her run on Captain Marvel with it's second volume, Down. The graphic novel deals with two separate plots. In the first one, Carol must work with Monica Rambeau, the second Captain Marvel, to solve a problem off the coast of New Orleans. In the process, she discovers that Monica is not 100% comfortable with how Carol took up Captain Marvel's mantle. In the second storyline, Captain Marvel discovers that something's wrong with her powers, and the results could be dead ...more
Wing Kee
Feb 11, 2017 rated it liked it

World: I hate the art, all the artists so far on this book have not been my cup of tea. It's not just the art, it's the colors and the sense of motion for a Captain Marvel book, it's just...not good. The world building for this book is also a bit wonky. For Marvel fans I think it's fine, but being the second arc for a new series intended for new readers the cast of characters and the world is just thrown at them and sometimes readers do feel lost (I know I did).

Story: The giant robot sto
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
This Captain Marvel series by Kelly Sue DeConnick has shown a lot of potential but has always fallen a little short of the mark. As good as the writing and stories are I always found something in them to turn me off. The hectic pace, splintered storylines and token appearances from the bigger guys have all added up to make this series less than it could be. Add in the fact that the hero is conceited, petulant and has a short fuse and it all becomes very off putting. Which is a shame because this ...more
Dec 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: superheroes, comic
This really is one of the better superhero comics I've read in years, up at the top of my current recommendation list with Fraction's Hawkeye and Vaughan's Runaways. The second trade forgoes the time-traveling for some straightforward supervillain battling, to great effect.

The first part of the Down arc has Carol teaming up with a previous Captain Marvel against a gargantuan relic from a decades-old robot army. The second half revolves around the return of Deathbird, complete with classic outfit
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