Comic review: Captain Marvel #5
The pieces of Carol’s high-flying, time-traveling adventure fall into place in this issue of Captain Marvel. Full of both action and heart, writer Kelly Sue DeConnick spins us the delightful story of Carol and Helen’s adventures in 1961. Watch them as they fly fighter jets, ride motorcycles, break into NASA and beat the crap out of anybody who stands in their way as Carol hunts for the cause of these timeline hijinks. This issue is just unabashed fun; there’s really no better way to explain it.
As always, DeConnick’s dialogue is smart, but the dynamic between Carol and Helen is just wonderful. Sharp, funny and tough, both of these women complement each other, and have a great rapport. Even for all the action, the best part is watching them get up to no good as they try to find the origins of the alien artifact that has brought their timelines together. The threads of the time-travel storyline begin to reveal themselves here as Carol and Helen wind up traveling forward in time to the day that Carol got her powers, hinting to a larger Kree involvement than what was previously implied. This is just smart, original comic writing.
The real star of the issue is by far artist Emma Rios‘ interiors. When I first saw preview art for this issue a while back, I was in love, but the previews really don’t do enough to show the breadth of Rios’ skill. The entire book is just gorgeous from start to finish. Every page nails it, brought to life by Jordie Bellaire’s warm, inviting color work. Every month this book just gets better and better, and #5 is no exception.
Worth a read: Seriously, if you haven’t been picking up this book, you’re missing out.