The title of the story arc (and this article) are actually an apt description of what fans of Carol Danvers can expect from these issues of this relaunched title. In between the last volume and the current volume, writer Kelly Sue Deconnick did a little bit of retooling: she expanded the scope of the series to an interstellar degree, she placed some of the supporting cast back on the shelf in order to make room for more guest stars (the Guardians of the Galaxy appear in issue #2), she stretched this story arc into 6 issues, and she got a new artist.

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One of the biggest flaws of Captain Marvel’s last series was that the art clashed with the story. David Lopez is the perfect choice for the book. Fans of Fallen Angel during its initial DC run already know that Lopez can draw women who are beautiful, badass, and realistically proportioned, and his Carol Danvers finally delivers on the promise that Jamie McKelvie made when he redesigned the character. Deconnick throws a lot at Lopez  to draw, and he handles it beautifully: space battles, alien worlds, cats and raccoons. Colorist Lee Loughridge also enhances the art by bringing a traditional four-color scheme rather than the more muted and/or garish palate that undermined the art in the last volume. I hope that both of them stick around for the long haul.

As far as the writing goes, I appreciate Ms. Deconnick’s attempts to tell a different story from what she has done before in the book. She writes a great Rocket Raccoon, she creates new supporting characters that are at once familiar and unique. At 6 issues, the story is, for the most part, well paced: the first issue was a little scattershot, starting with a flash forward that doesn’t fully pay off until issue #5. I also greatly appreciate that a heroine with a big, flashy power set was placed in a situation that she can’t really punch and shoot her way out of. All that said, I did enjoy the more personal and episodic nature of the previous volume, but I am a little disappointed that a supporting cast that Deconnick crafted so lovingly was pushed off the stage rather abruptly in this arc.

Still, these are minor nitpicks, and the imperfections give the series a sort of scrappy charm, much like the titular heroine. In a year or so, the formula will be perfect, but, until then, I’m enjoying watching Deconnick & company experiment.

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