Tuesday, March 3, 2020

#IReadsYou Review: Marvel Action CAPTAIN MARVEL #1

IDW PUBLISHING – @IDWPublishing @ Marvel

[This review was originally posted on Patreon.]

STORY: Sam Maggs
ART: Sweeney Boo
COLORS: Brittany Peer
LETTERS: Christa Miesner
EDITORS: Megan Brown and Bobby Curnow
EiC: John Barber
COVER: Sweeney Boo
28pp, Color, $3.99 U.S. (August 2019)

Captain Mar-Vell was created by Stan Lee and Gene Colan; Carol Danvers created by Roy Thomas and Gene Colan

“Big Flerken Deal”

Captain Marvel is a Marvel Comics superhero.  The original Captain Marvel, also known as “Captain Mar-Vell,” was the Kree military officer, Mar-Vell, and the character first appeared in Marvel Super-Heroes #12 (cover date: December 1967).  The seventh character to have the title of Captain Marvel is Carol Danvers, an officer in the United States Air Force.  Formerly known as Ms. Marvel, Danvers first appeared in Marvel Super-Heroes #13 (cover date: March 1968) and first appeared as the modern-day Captain Marvel in Avenging Spider-Man #9 (cover dated: July 2012.)

Marvel Action is a new line of comic books produced by IDW Publishing under license from Marvel Comics.  The titles in this line will feature Marvel Comics characters in comic books aimed at “middle grade readers” and “younger readers.”  The fourth new release in this line is Marvel Action: Captain Marvel.  It is written by Sam Maggs; drawn by Sweeney Boo; colored by Brittany Peer; and lettered by Christa Miesner.

Marvel Action: Captain Marvel #1 (“Big Flerken Deal”) opens with Carol Danvers enjoying a rare, quiet evening at home with her BFF and roommate Jessica Drew, who is also the superhero, Spider-Woman.  This peaceful night of movie-watching, however, takes a bad turn when a breaking news alert interrupts the movie.  It seems that a swarm of cats have invaded Manhattan Island and are targeting it bodegas.

Who are these angry felines?  Or rather, what are these angry felines?  They are “Flerkens,” aliens that look like cats, and each one has a pocket-dimension and giant tentacles in its mouth.  Handling these bad kitties should be an easy job for Captain Marvel... shouldn't it?  [Carol Danver's pet cat/Flerken, “Chewbacca,” appears in this comic book, and also in this year's Captain Marvel film, where it was renamed “Goose.]

In Marvel Studios global box office hit movie, Captain Marvel, there is a cat that steals practically every scene in which it appears.  That cat is Flerken.  Unfortunately, a comic book full of Flerkens cannot make Marvel Action: Captain Marvel #1 as fun as the movie from earlier this year.

The art by Sweeney Boo looks like it was lifted from a daytime TV animated series.  Brittany Peer's coloring is nice, and the lettering by Christa Miesner is efficient in convey the story beats and tones.  Sam Maggs simply doesn't deliver a story or script that falls flat.  There is some potential, but not much.  I would be surprised if Marvel Action: Captain Marvel turns into something really fun to read.

However, those looking for a Captain Marvel young readers comic book at least have one in Marvel Action: Captain Marvel #1.

5 out of 10

Reviewed by Leroy Douresseaux a.k.a. "I Reads You"

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