Carol Danvers has a day off, but a superhero’s work is never done. When she runs into Ghost Spider, trouble is around the corner! Check it out in Marvel Action: Captain Marvel #1 by IDW Publishing!
MARVEL ACTION: CAPTAIN MARVEL #1
Writer: Sam Maggs
Artist: Isabel Escalante
Colorist: Heather Breckel
Editor: Megan Brown
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 3, 2021
Previously in Marvel Action: Check out the Marvel series targeted for a younger audience. Captain Marvel is forced to take a day of by Spider-Woman, but a workaholic can never truly take a day off!
NO REST FOR THE WEARY
Carol Danvers is walking the streets of Hell’s Kitchen with her cat when the run into Gwen Stacy. Carol immediately tries to recruit her for the Hero-in-Training Mentorship program when Doctor Octopus and Mysterio suddenly attacks. Gwen asks Carol to take a backseat while she handles the problem, but Carol disagrees and turns into Captain Marvel and quickly defeats the two villains. She then realizes that it is Kamala Khan (Ms. Marvel) and Doreen Green (Squirrel Girl) in the costumes. The three of them were setting up a photo shoot to put on their “clikclok” to try and get more followers.
Captain Marvel and Ghost-Spider opt to go get lunch so Carol can teach a lesson on fame-hounding, but they are interrupted by a flash mob in Times Square. As they navigate the crowd, Times Square is suddenly attacked by very real villains!
The biggest theme here is that Captain Marvel doesn’t quite understand the social media pressure that Gwen Stacy is dealing with. It is a different world and a different culture. Their actions and decisions almost seem alien to each other. When you think that is targeted to a younger audience, this theme is very applicable. Heck, I remember trying to explain twitch.tv to my family and them not understanding the concept behind it. I think what is interesting is that their doesn’t seem to be a real antagonist behind the story. The conflict comes from this fame hunting that the younger heroes are trying to do. I wonder how a story that is more about establishing relationships then defeating a villain is going to work in the next issue. Heroes without an arch-villain does feel a little odd.
BOTTOM LINE: NOT BAD
This is a solid premise, and I would feel confident giving this story to any younger reader. A solid 4 out of 5 for me. This has good artwork and solid writing with a theme that I think is relatable.
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Marvel Action: Captain Marvel #1
This issue shows the generational gap between Captain Marvel and Ghost-Spider in a relatable way to young readers.