This book is about some of the women in the Marvel universe who kick butt and hold nothing back, and it is created by a team of awesome women of the Marvel roster who kick butt and hold nothing back. So it is no shock that I love this book, I love the art, and I really hope more people are jumping onto this book, because it stands to be enjoyed by more people. Plus Alpha Flight is in it- ALPHA FLIGHT. So you get the modern Captain Marvel, PLUS lots of great nostalgia for old-school Marvel stuff all in one.
I know that I am less knowledgeable than most about Alpha Flight- thankfully for me, my best friend (we’re such good friends we share a first name) is a huge AF fan, and I can always turn to him whenever I have a question or am just confused by who or what this or that characters is, in connection to Alpha Flight. Thankfully, on this book, I don’t really have many questions about who the characters are, because this book serves as a new launching point for Alpha Flight AND Captain Marvel.
That, added to the fact that this book has quite a bit of suspense, mystery and misdirection, it is actually really fun to read, and kept me engaged throughout. I like when a book takes it’s time to unwrap a mystery fully, and I’m worried that this book is building up to pull the covers off a bit too soon, but we don’t get too much spoiled for us in this issue, so I am holding out hope. I would enjoy this book if we didn’t necessarily get everything laid out for us so quickly, and I think that is what this book is shooting for- to deepen the mystery, rather than to solve it straight away.
The artwork on this book is awesome. Alpha Flight look really cool and modern, and the space station stuff is really, really cool. There is a lot of great work on the colors of this book- the bright colors really pop, the subdued hologram and flashback colors are really nice, and the depth and pervasiveness of the blacks when they are used to full effect is really spooky and oppressive. There is a lot to take in when reading this book, and it almost certainly merits a second read, to drink in the art and colors, and also to pick up on a lot of the small, more subtle parts of the book that often get missed the first time around.
I have said before- I had heard good things about Kelly Sue Deconnick’s Captain Marvel, but never really got around to reading it, which I am sure is safe to say, I am the worse for it, but this book is really solid and stands on it’s own very well, and is absolutely worth the read.