A comiXologist Recommends:
Kara Szamborski recommends Captain Marvel #3
Superhero comics are modern myths—there are heroes, villains, epic battles, grand quests, and extraordinary deeds. As readers, we are used to these patterns, however unrealistic and stark an interpretation of the world they are. In Captain Marvel #3, our hero gets a serious reality check, and so do we.
Dodging through the space dogfight at the opening of our story, Captain Marvel and the Guardians of the Galaxy (yeah, the guys in the upcoming movie! Learn about ‘em here.) reclaim the Captain’s stolen ship and complete her mission objective—-but a larger challenge looms, one that she will not be able to solve alone. She arrives on an alien planet wanting to fix the problems it faces, but the situation is hardly one that requires a sharp catch phrase and a well aimed photon blast. Most problems are complex and require cooperation, communication, and compromise, and cannot be easily solved by one person, superpowered or not.
We are so often treated to the idea that the hero will save the day without realizing that one person’s hero is another person’s nuisance or even unintentional enemy. Kelly Sue DeConnick (kellysue) introduces us to the idea that Captain Marvel is in over her head, and the potential of this idea has me hooked.
The previous Captain Marvel series was mostly set on Earth, but these new adventures look to the skies. I’m pretty new to the Marvel Universe, but I have no doubt that exploring it with Captain Marvel is going to be the best way to go.
Kara Szamborski supervises the International Production team at comiXology. She thinks the latest She-Hulk series is flawless.
Avengers: The Enemy Within, written by kellysue, and starring the one and only Carol Danvers is now on-sale digitally!
This book collects Avengers: The Enemy Within 1, Captain Marvel 13-14, Avengers Assemble 16-17, in which Captain Marvel comes to grips with limitations she is definitely not used to dealing with.
Also collected is Captain Marvel #17, the incredible finale issue in which Carol saves the day once again, and you get your first real glimpse of Kamala Khan, the girl who would become the new Ms. Marvel!
A comiXologist Recommends:
Kate Kasenow recommends Ms. Marvel #3
As a recent reboot, the new Ms. Marvel series from Marvel Comics has quite a history to live up to, but the newest issue does not disappoint!
Written by seasoned comics novelist G. Willow Wilson (gwillow) and illustrated by the talented Adrian Alphona with beautiful colors by Ian Herring (iherring) , Ms. Marvel #3 is the ongoing exploration of what it means to become a hero in a world already inundated with superhero culture. In this issue we are carried along with lead protagonist Kamala Khan as she explores the boundaries of her newfound powers. Tensions are riding high as Kamala’s ongoing struggle to discover who she is bombarded by parental expectations and cultural obligations.
There have been a lot of great things happening in this series from the start. Firstly, we have a new female, Pakistani, Muslim superhero. Second, we have a diverse cast full of great characters who are given their own chances to shine and develop in each issue. Lastly, we are viewing the established Marvel universe through the unique lens; Kamala herself has long been a fan of the superheroes we know, but is a newcomer to their inner workings. That itself is what makes this series perfect for old fans and new readers alike.
So, if you haven’t been reading, now is a great time to get started!
Kate Kasenow is a comics artist from Indiana currently living in Manhattan. She works at ComiXology as a Lead Digital Editor.
(Oh yeah, Bendis is in there too!)
Get all these for just 99¢ each, today only! (2/3/14)
Captain Marvel (2012) #1-14,
Avengers: Enemy Within #1,
Avengers Assemble #1-17
Kelly Sue DeConnick quickly became one of my biggest heroes of 2013. I met her at NYCC and talked to her about the Valkyries, and she was the warmest and most enthusiastic person. Also, really fucking metal. I came home raving about her, sat down and immediately read her entire run of Captain Marvel, in between losing it over Pretty Deadly. I’m late to the game on Carol Corps, but I do love it. Also, my friend and great accent-haver Jamie McKelvie designed her (and the new Ms Marvel’s!) costume, so this is just an ode to people I like.
Bigger version is HERE! Print out, put up around your home! Whatever!
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This post includes Kelly Sue DeConnick, Kate Leth, and Jamie McKelvie. We may all as well go home now because nothing is going to top it.