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adventurous hopeful inspiring lighthearted fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? N/A

3.5

omnombailey's review

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slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

2.0

Wow what a disappointing volume.

I read some of the later Captain Marvel stuff and then back-peddled enough to go over the beginning of Alpha Flight stuff and... it's not good. Not abysmal, but it's very clearly struggling to stay afloat. The constant change of writers for Captain Marvel doesn't seem to be helping the plot at all. Yes, Carol is still Carol (for the most part; she has some odd moments that felt one-dimensional), but for something that's supposed to be the intro of the Alpha Flight? I couldn't care for any of the characters or relationships, despite having read the later volumes and knowing all of them by now. Whatever tension or bonds that are there are shallow at best. And the overall story with the space stuff was boring.

The colors throughout the volume were gorgeous, but the art itself was questionable at times. A lot of the characters just didn't look good. There were a few instances of bad anatomy, too. Not really consistent.

On the up side, the last five pages were really solid. That was kind of it.

I'm just glad I got this out of the way so I can read other Marvel volumes that, you know, read like an actual Marvel comic. 

panichistory's review

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2.0

Really disappointed in everything about this book. Captain Marvel deserves so much better.

h4ndmadeheaven's review

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this is the first comic book i’ve ever read and i enjoyed it, mainly because i love captain marvel! but also because of how beautiful the drawings are...wow. i don’t know much about comics so i can’t honestly say anything constructive, i just had a fun afternoon reading this :’)))

les3178's review

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3.0

First Captain Marvel comic, and I liked it! I thought it flowed nicer between issues than some other comics I've read, and the artwork was stunning. The dialogue was good, too. Not stilted or awkward.

taeli's review

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3.0

read 7/17/17

julie_kcwbc's review

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4.0

While I've never read Captain Marvel comics before, I was really excited to check her out. The recent trailer prompted me to download this volume from my library and I really enjoyed it. The art is vibrant and the panels contain a perfect amount of dialogue alongside the action. This is a great jumping off point. We dip into Captain Marvel's origins and cover what her mission is here. Like most people she struggles to make the right leadership decisions while wanting to protect her crew. The space element was a lot of fun! I'm excited to read more of this story and can't wait to see more of Captain Marvel.

lostinmylibrary's review

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3.0

2.5 stars, rounded up for Rocket and Captain Marvel's sass. I didn't really have any idea about the broader context of any of this, which was very disappointing.

hyperweather's review

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3.0

This is my 4th Captain Marvel volume, and I just don’t think I’m much of a fan. I’m hopeful I like the movie better though.

seriouslybookedup's review

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3.0

I’ve got Captain Marvel fever and the only prescription is more Captain Marvel. As a casual comic reader, Captain Marvel’s origin story is a confusing one for me. She’s half-human, half-alien (does being combined with a mentor during an explosion do that? I guess) and was granted vague cosmic powers by Mar Vell (the original Captain Marvel), the same guy who once karate chopped the tesseract into oblivion during a fight with Thanos.

Are you following this? I kinda don’t but that’s OK because I’m totally enamored with Carol Danvers who’s basically a fearless, intergalactic cowgirl. In “Rise of Alpha Flight” she accepts a job aboard a space station designed to protect earth from the alien flavor-of-the-week threat. She discovers she hates diplomatic desk work but before she has a chance to do any kind of diplomacy, Carol is off to investigate a mysterious, abandoned space craft. With a cast of quirky but mostly forgettable characters, Captain Marvel zooms around the comic panels with her hair in an awesome mohawk and it’s all I need.