Comic Book Review: Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps #2
Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps #2 keeps the story’s momentum going as Carol Danvers and the Banshee Squadron prepare to go behind the Baroness’s back to fly into the void and learn the truth behind Doom’s lies. This issue is full of intrigue, building up the dramatic tension in every scene, and the cliffhanger will leave you clamoring for more. With all the different Secret Wars books coming out every week it’s hard to pick which ones to follow, but Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps stands out with a compelling story and a well-crafted world that’s both familiar and novel.
While a good first issue has to pique the readers interest, a good second issue has to give the reader reason to keep reading—and here Kelly Sue DeConnick and Kelly Thompson have succeeded. Carol and her squad’s quest to discover the truth drives the plot forward, and the possible threat of discovery gives the plot a sense of urgency and risk. Carol shows herself to be a strong leader as she lays out the plan for the Banshee Squadron, and while the Banshee Squadron forms a united front to support Carol they still have personality conflicts that complicate the plan.
The interaction between Rhodey and Carol is interesting as well, since it seems like no matter whether they are in the 616 universe or on Battleworld they are fated to be together. Both Rhodey and Carol share a desire to learn the truth about their pasts and a sense of adventure that drives them forward. As close as they are growing, though, the truth about how Rhodey’s ship sank threatens to drive them apart if revealed, and that adds a layer of tension to their scenes.
The art in this issue excels at bringing the story to life, selling the drama on each page. David Lopez makes the characters speak volumes with their expressions, filling the silent panels with tension that hangs in the air. The scene between the Baroness and Carol is especially rife with tension, as the panels gradually focus in closer and closer onto their faces and onto the chess board between them as they are locked in a subtle battle of wills. Colorist Lee Loughridge sets the mood well, with each scene given a distinct palette built around a single color—like sunset orange as Captain Marvel flies over the wreckage of Rhodey’s ship, or military olive as the Banshee Squadron gathers in the barracks. Loughridge also makes great use of light and shadow, which emphasizes the story’s themes of secrets and lies.
Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps is a great book for readers who want to find more about Captain Marvel. While the story takes place in one of Battleworld’s alternate universes, Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps encapsulates Captain Marvel’s character perfectly—a determined leader always aiming higher and pushing her limits. Carol’s love interests, aside from Rhodey, are adrenaline and the open sky, and that’s why she’s always exciting to read about.