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Carol Danvers has been through a lot in the past year. She stepped down from the Avengers and Alpha Flight to take care of her brother after he suffered a serious injury. She also learned that her mother was a Kree warrior – right before her mother was killed by a Kree assassin. With her brother recovering, she is ready to reclaim her place as Captain Marvel.

Her return begins with a fight against a giant octopus monster and that seems to be the easy part of the issue. What follows is a day in the life of Captain Marvel as she meets with Tony Stark, interacts with a powerful, potentially dangerous teen, and fights a misogynistic villain – among other things.

Kelly Thompson did a great job with this first issue of the new series. She provided openings for potential stories, both for Captain Marvel the superheroine and for Carol Danvers the woman. It flowed well with good pacing, solid dialogue and witty banter, plus a few villains for some cool action.

The art by Carmen Carnero and colors by Tamra Bonvillain are also very good. It’s detailed, clean, and expressive with panel structure variety for the conversations and fight scenes. The wide range of colors are exciting and bright, which help establish the tone of the book.

-Amanda Sheriff