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Captain Marvel, Volume 1 by Kelly Sue DeConnick
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it was ok
bookshelves: graphic-novel, superhero

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 system. At first I thought that it had been written by a man who was overly keen to display his feminist credentials, so I'm not sure if I was more or less disappointed that this was written by a woman.

Add to this the convoluted and unnecessary time travel story, which puts the Captain in several different eras and meeting a number of girl groups that missed becoming famous because of gender politics, and I felt this story missed the point (and Carol Danvers makes the egregious mistake of calling them 'girls' which just rubs salt into the wound). I wanted this to be a story about Captain Marvel, not Carol Danvers. Finally, the whole story becomes about one womans jealousy over Carol's success, to the point where she tries to change history and steal the powers for herself, which makes her far less of a hero than she should have been. The final fight felt like it just fell short of hair pulling, for crying out loud.

Finally, there is the artwork. The front covers to the stories is crisp, bold and totally suited to depicting the new Captain Marvel as a strong, confident character. Unfortunately the interior artwork for the first few issues looks like it is done in watercolours - it is weak and wishy washy, and doesn't do justice to the story. The art is stronger in the latter part of the story, but the damage is done.

Carol Danvers story is a long and complicated one, as shown in the biography at the end of the book. I knew most of this, having read the stories when they first came out (particularly the Rogue storyline and the whole Binary era). She has often doubted herself and faltered when the stakes were highest, but in putting on the mantle of Captain Marvel she should have put those old doubts behind her and this should have been her finest hour. Alas, this story did not do her justice in the end.
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April 3, 2014 – Shelved
April 3, 2014 – Shelved as: graphic-novel
April 3, 2014 – Shelved as: superhero
April 3, 2014 – Finished Reading

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Michael Are those earlier stories worth reading (Rogue/Binary)? I'm hunting around for any strong women superheroes out there...

Otherwyrld It's been a good many years since I read them, so it is hard to say if I would recommend them now. I remember that I hated Rogue when she joined the X-Men round about that time (not sure why now, my memory ain't what it used to be).

The Wonder Woman of that era was a pretty strong character as I recall, I don't know about the modern incarnation though.

message 3: by Michael (new) - added it

Michael Thanks! I've been reading the Wonder Woman reboot and think fairly highly of them, although there do seem to be some mixed opinions. (Wonder Woman, Vol. 1: Blood, Wonder Woman, Vol. 2: Guts, etc.) I'll have to go back and look at the earlier ones...

Otherwyrld They are on my list to read, whenever I get around to it.

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