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Captain Marvel Vol. 1: Rise of Alpha Flight

(Captain Marvel (2016) (Collected Issues) #1)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  1,106 ratings  ·  138 reviews
Collects Captain Marvel (2016) #1-5.

Oh Captain, my Captain! Carol Danvers soars higher than ever with her greatest mission yet — leading Earth's first line of defense, the all-new Alpha Flight space program! And some alums of the old-school Flight are along for the ride: Puck, Aurora and Sasquatch! It's a bold new frontier for Captain Marvel, but can she handle being a dip
Kindle Edition, 112 pages
Published August 2nd 2016 by Marvel
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Aug 02, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comix
The made-up myth about space stations in comic books identified and then explained: Ostensibly a deep space station is designed as a first line of defense against interstellar threats and that’s partially true; however, the reasoning behind putting superheroes way out there can be summed up like this:

“Give me your tired umpteenth speedster, your marginally interesting Lantern, another wretched guy with arrows, your one-too-many pervy elasti-dude, a Robin, any hero with Aqua- in his name: we’ll
Sam Quixote
Sep 08, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers is now head of Alpha Flight for some reason! That’s, uh, something meaningful to someone I guess? Off she goes to a space station orbiting Earth to save us from aliens and stuff. Hooray… belch.

I want to like Captain Marvel but I wasn’t into Kelly Sue DeConnick’s run on the character at all. It was boring, Carol came off as boring, it sucked. But DeConnick has left Marvel now and Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas, the showrunners of the short-lived Agent Carter show, h
Paul E. Morph
Let me get this out in the open before I start: I am a HUGE fan of Alpha Flight and have been since John Byrne's original run back in the early '80s. They're a team that have struggled to find an audience over the years but have always been too polite to complain. Any book that features the Alphans gets a big thumbs up from me...

... BUT...

... what in tarnation is going on in this book? How did Alpha Flight go from being Canada's premiere superhero team to being the crew of a space station under
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars?

I don't know. I impulse bought this book from Barnes and Noble during one of their Buy 2 Graphic Novels, Get 1 Free sales. I love Carol and I love Kristofer Anka so I thought it would be okay. It was very, very meh.

The art is wonderful! I love the lines and the colors. Carol's costume is awesome and I like the look of the ships and alien races. I think Carol's voice is pretty great in this book as well. She reminds me of Kara from Battlestar Galactica and she's kind of an adrenaline j
kristen ♡
compared to the two previous captain marvel arcs (kelly sue deconnick’s captain marvel), this is very impersonal and therefore boring story of carol. there is no character depth except for issue five. it’s also character heavy — captain marvel and abigail brand are the two main characters who everyone knows but the rest of the team really blends together and isn’t unique in any way. BUT this series does have some of my favorite art and covers, so that adds a whole star.
Captain Marvel has accepted the command of the Alpha Flight Space Station. The station is Earth's intergalactic defense.

Rise of Alpha Flight feels like Star Trek Deep Space Nine with super heroes. Which would be fine except I grew up with my father watching every single Star Trek and I can't take the space tropes anymore. This might be good for someone else but I was burned out on space Sci-Fi by the age of 15 or so.
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Yeah.. It was ok.

I really want to like Cap Marvel but... that one-dimensional character without having a fucking personality, is not doing it for me.

This is Cap. Marvel: Oh something is coming this way and it looks threatening to the world that I'm protecting. I'm gonna punch it.


This has some fun moments but mostly it's boring as hell.

And let me tell you the main reason: ALPHA FLIGHT!

Like Seriously: WHY?


You needed yet another space crew like the Guardians? WHY? Marvel already has
Wing Kee
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Good fun, until the rushed ending!

World: Love the art, it's stylish and the characters are full of emotion. The tone is really set well by the art. The world building is even better. I love Alpha Flight, I'm Canadian and it was a thing for me, I even have Alpha Flight #1 from the 90's when they tried to reboot it so having Alpha Flight be a thing and seeing most of the gang there (Where is Vindicator?) makes me smile. The space stuff is also great, it feels like Green Lantern and that's a g
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love the story and love the art style in this graphic novel. I will have to check out the rest of this series.
May 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Carol and the Alpha Team are back with new costumes and adventures. Something strange is happening, calling to Carol in the most unnerving way. It'll take the entire team to figure out what's going on and how to stop it.

I really enjoyed this story but I thought it was going to go a lot deeper. Five issues is not enough to dive into what could have been. A lot of build up with a quick resolution; hopefully we see more of this visited later!
Milo (BOK)
A fun read if nothing special. It's basically Captain Marvel on Deep Space Nine which is a really cool premise and it just works so well.
Michael Hicks
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: bought, comics
Captain Marvel decides a change of scenery and a recommitment to service is in order when she takes a two-year posting as commander of an orbiting space station. Designed as a proactive deterrent to future galactic excursions, the good Captain is expecting a life of adventure, but finds only a bureaucratic nightmare as her first big assignment is renegotiating the facility’s waste management contract. Thankfully she’s saved by the arrival of an ancient spaceship filled to the brim with dead bodi ...more
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank fucking Stan they brought back Abigail Brand. Best. Character. I’ve. Ever. Missed.

No idea why Alpha Flight has been chosen by the world/SHIELD/USA to be the strike force on the SWORD platform, but as a diehard Canadian I’ll take any representation, even tokenism.

Funny where it should be (looking at you Puck - singing old Bryan Adams?), serious as a heart attack for all the action, with a flair for self-awareness and sarcasm in Carol that keeps us interested.

Fast-paced - no breathing roo
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grabbed me from the first page when Carol said, "It's not that I'm a violent person. It's just that some things really, really need punching."

A fun story with cool, compelling characters, especially Brand, and fantastic art. Looking forward to the next volume.
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Carol Danvers is awesome! Intelligent, witty, sarcastic, loyal, and brave. This was my first foray into Captain Marvel and I’m hooked. I enjoyed getting to know Carol and the crew aboard the space station. The story was intriguing, action-packed, and fun. Looking forward to the second volume!
Gary Butler
54th book read in 2018.

Number 118 out of 714 on my all time book list.

So good - like a Marvel deep space nine.
Sep 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Carol becomes a desk jockey and learns delegation fast in Alpha Flight. Carol joins Puck, Sasquatch, Aurora, Wendy Kawasaki, and others in space to command the team. Issues ensue.

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I don't know much about the original Alpha Flight but as far as I'm concerned Puck is now Gimli. But man, Alpha Flight stuff, I feel like there should be some more Canadian flags waving around in the background. All we got was one lousy Bryan Adams joke. Come on, Canada! If there's one place to bring nationality, it's
I was a pretty unsure what to expect with this one — my first Captain Marvel comic without Kelly Sue DeConnick at the helm. To make it worse, I don’t know anything about Alpha Flight, so I was bombarded with a bunch of new characters; I don’t even know if they appeared elsewhere before? It’s times like this I feel like being a Marvel fan only since 2012ish lets me down: I don’t even know whether to cheer or groan, half the time.

(Civil War 2? Groan. If the solo Captain Marvel comics delve into th
I was underwhelmed by the previous iteration of Captain Marvel, which had great promise held back by lackluster and, to be honest, incompetent storytelling.

I picked this up for two reasons: a new creative team and Alpha Flight. This version is merely okay.

Carol Danvers and three members of AF are put into a Star Trek-meets-Alien type of situation, with a story that starts strong but kind of trips up on the plotting and timing as it goes. You can see the "Writing 101" cliches immediately, with a
Feb 13, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A bit of a slog at times. Capt Marvel heads up a new space station to protect Earth called Alpha Flight. Basically the exact same thing S.W.O.R.D. did. In fact, a watered down version of Agent Brand is in this book too. The crew also contains 3 members of Alpha flight which is a bit confusing. An alien ship shows up and for some dumb reason gives Carol memories from the original Capt Mar-vell. It doesn't make a lot of sense. At the same time, there's a saboteur that is completely ignored as they ...more
Jordan Finch
Carol's as tough as ever, even with shorter hair! I loved Carol as part of a team, especially one as stubborn and punch-happy as she is. The team had a fun dynamic, although there was probably some previous issues I need to have read to fully understand all the relationships. Regardless, I loved how they worked together and how they figured out the mystery of the ship. It was interesting to see Carol really in trouble from herself, and I loved how Commander Brand wasn't afraid to dish it back to ...more
Aug 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THIS is Carol Danvers. THIS is what she was meant to do. After the silliness of Secret Wars (cause seriously, that whole event and many other Marvel events are silly), she is now in charge of Alpha Flight, the successor to S.W.O.R.D. which deals with intergalactic threats. Not one to be confined to a desk, she faces their first threat head on with fists blazing and strategies a-flying. Carol Danvers is one of my favorite if not my favorite Marvel character and she's come a long way so I'm happy ...more
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Now THAT was a Captain Marvel comic!

I hate to say it, but Kelly Sue just didn't bring it in the last couple of runs.

Michelle Fazekas & Tara Butters kicked ass in this volume and I can't wait to see where the rest of the this run takes us!

Rating: 4.25/5 stars
Aug 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
New Carol has a more consistent script that DeConnick Carol. She is also more superhero-looking and more kick-ass. I missed Chewie, earth Carol, and the comic side of the character that her former writers knew exploited so well.
Hey, You don't have Abigail Brand's characterization down right.

I think that making a superhero team out of a military group, protecting a space base is a novel idea. I like that Alpha flight is the team they have serving on the base, but that is really all that I like about this book.

Capt. Marvel on Deep Space Nine. Kind of fun, kind of overlong.
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Carol and Agent Brand have exciting fun times in space!!
Lexi Nylander
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Just to be clear, Captain Marvel is so sexy. This art style was bomb and the dialogue was so so funny. Definitely will keep going with this one!
Galaxy Adventurer
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, 2018
This is the first Captain Marvel comic I have read, and I really enjoyed it! Her character is interesting, and I enjoyed the plot.
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