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Chris’ Comics: Captain Marvel #1

Captain_Marvel_Vol_9_1_TextlessCaptain Marvel #1

Michele Fazekas, Tara Butters, Kris Anka, Matthew Wilson

Marvel $3.99

The record (aka this blog shows that I am a fan of the following things: Carol Danvers, Kris Anka, Matthew Wilson, and the Agent Peggy Carter TV series. Prior to the announcement of this creative team on Cap Marvel, these 4 things did not overlap, but thanks to Marvel editor Sana Amanat, they do now, and the results are good and great.

Captain Marvel #1 is arguably the BEST Captain Marvel debut issue we’ve gotten since Carol got her sweet new costume. Not to speak ill of the previous runs by the wonderful Carol Corps Queen Kelly Sue Deconnick and her artist pals, but pairing Kris Anka with colorist Matthew Wilson makes for some gorgeous visuals that are hard to compete with. This is the first time Anka has been put on book from the beginning, and he does his damnedest to make one hell of a first impression. Kris goes all out all, tweaking Carol’s costume, gives her a dope new air cut, and gives several fan favorite characters some overdue make overs, results in a fantastic looking debut issue. I love how toned and tumblr_o19bwo2f2j1sqep2mo2_1280muscular his Carol is, as she now looks like a powerhouse who’s really into punching things and/or people. I’ve been a fan of Anka’s style for awhile but pairing him with Matthew Wilson’s colors is brilliant move, giving Kris’ art a Mike Allerd-esque style that I really dig. I love how Wilson colors space, and gives the tech in the Alpha Flight Space Station a cool glow, giving the book a cool science fiction vibe. Together, the issue looks very bright, colorful and expressive, giving Captain Marvel a visually style the character’s never had before!

Writers Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters do a wonderful job on their debut issue. Their experience show-running Peggy Carter definitely carries over here, as their Carol is also a no-nonsense bad ass that enjoys her work. Those afraid it would be a different beast from what Kelly Sue established have nothing to fear, as their characterization is very much in that style. That being said, they definitely have a different direction for the tumblr_o19bb0C6tg1sqep2mo1_500narrative, giving her a new supporting cast from the get go (with some cameos from a few old pals), a new M.O. and a new gig. All of it is pretty refreshing, as it attempts to do a lot of new things with the character without alienating readers who’ve stuck with Carol for awhile. And I love Fazekas and Butter dialogue, which is quirky, and gets to the point quick. Which is fine, as less is sometimes more, and frees up more space for the gorgeous artwork.

Captain Marvel #1 was a superb debut issue for this creative team, and I’m eager to read more from them. Everything was on point from the visuals to the pacing, and I’m glad too see Carol in such capable hands. With any luck, this creative team will be free to tell the type of stories they want to, and I’m really digging the new heavy on the sci-fi  status quo. Also more Brand please and thank you.

 

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San Diego Comic Convalescence

AH! Comic Con International, that jewel in the crown of San Diego’s summer has come and gone. Now begins the time called SDCCR 2012, or the San Diego Comic Con Recovery. Pour yourself a nice cup of tea and curl up with these fun reads, all due this week, as you shake off the post-con jitters. And tick…make sure you check yourself for ticks…the con is full of them. Lousy blood suckers.

LIKE ART?

The Art of Molly Crabapple Vol. 2, Devil in the Details, is a must own, affordable art tome which shall look simply SMASHING on your coffee table, floor or toilet cistern. Molly is one of the original founders of Dr. Sketchy’s, as well as a front-line chronicler of the Occupy movement. She is the contemporary maven of alternative cartooning, and she’s earned her place in the firmament of pop art with every pen stroke. Check it out!

Meanwhile, IDW WINS it this week with a stable of top tier comics for fans of fun. Danger Girl G.I. Joe #1 should please fans of both series, and Mars Attacks #2 will, no doubt, keep up the good work started with its debut. They also have a new graphic novel detailing the life of history’s greatest conqueror entitled The Secret Battles of Genghis Khan (a personal hero of mine) as well as the first meeting of the NEW Star Trek cast (from the movies) meeting those iconic cuties, the tribbles in the Star Trek Ongoing #11.

LETS GET TANKED

Everybody Loves Tank Girl #1 is the brand new Tank Girl series from original writer Alan Martin and new artist Jim Mahfood which promises to be a real pisser! Since the original artist, Jamie Hewlett, left the book for fame, fortune, and Gorillaz related awesomeness, Martin has tried to keep the project afloat with a rotating stable of artists, most notable the shameless Hewlett lookalike known as Rufus Dayglo.

Crass and brassy with dynamic art that lept off the page, Tank Girl was the counter culture comic of the 90’s, and an inspiration to all. Mahfood’s hip-hop style and punk attitude will be a great fit! While not as technically proficient as Hewlett, Mahfood is exciting, and will make previous artists on the title look like the paid robots they really were. Continue reading

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