[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
An alien armada parks itself just outside Earth’s atmosphere, and Captain Marvel arrives to answer the threat. Unfortunately, Carol was also supposed to answer a question for a high school newspaper at an air force museum having a Carol Danvers Day. The duo in charge of giving her the question are stressed about what to ask Captain Marvel, and they are bummed when they discover that she may not be able to come. Meanwhile, the aliens begin to give Captain Marvel some trouble.
Like Jody Houser’s Star Wars Age of Republic one-shots, Captain Marvel: Braver and Mightier #1 serves as a swift rundown on Carol Danvers as a character and her place in the current Marvel Universe.
It gives the reader a feel for Carol as a character while showing the kind of threats she usually faces. The plot with the high school newspaper interviewers shows how the average person views Captain Marvel and her role as Earth’s Mightiest Hero.
It’s benign if a little unexciting. The dialogue and plot are solid, but neither goes anywhere particularly inspiring.
The conclusion puts out a feminist-minded message about Carol wishing she could tell her younger self that she and her instincts are right, and that’s a decent moral for anyone feeling discouraged. It’s a message especially vulnerable to some bad-faith interpretations, but I won’t fault it for that.
Simone Buonfantino gives a sleek, stylish, and action-oriented style that does Carol Danvers justice. It’s expressive and compelling, even if there may be weaker panels scattered throughout. That said, it’s a good style and holds strong throughout most of the book. Erick Arciniega backs it up with vibrant color work that attracts the eye to the page.
Captain Marvel: Braver and Mightier #1 is a solid one shot made to introduce new readers to the comic book version of Carol Danvers. While it’s not perfect, it’s an overall energetic and engaging read worthy of a recommendation. Feel free to check it out.
Captain Marvel: Braver and Mightier #1 comes to us from writer Jody Houser, artist Simone Buonfantino, color artist Erick Arciniega, letterer VC’s Travis Lanham, color artist Valerio Schiti with Rachelle Rosenberg, and variant cover artist Ron Lim with Israel Silva.