MOST COSPLAYABLE NEW SUPERHERO
Designed by Jamie McKelvie
Written by Kelly Sue DeConnick, Christopher Sebela
Artwork by Dexter Soy, Emma Rios
Published by Marvel Comics
Available: Comics shops (print) / ComiXology (digital)
Carol Danvers isn’t a new character. As Ms. Marvel, Binary, Warbird and a regular old Air Force Major, she’s been kicking around the Marvel Universe for almost 45 years, a tenure that’s seen her gain powers, lose powers, regain powers, serve as an Avenger, develop a drinking problem, briefly become Cosmically Aware™ while hanging out with the X-Men and some weird-ass space whales, have a space baby in one of those stories that We Just Don’t Talk About, and be impersonated by a supervillain. She’s pretty much done it all.
And yet, the relaunch this year that saw her upgraded to Captain Marvel feels as fresh and exciting as if she was created yesterday.
I’m not going to lie, a lot of that has to do with the new costume design from Jamie McKelvie. I’ve always liked Carol’s various looks over the years (I even have a soft spot for that Warbird-era flak jacket/cargo pants look), but the one she’s rocking now is easily one of the best suits in comics. It’s a rare example of a high-collar costume that actually works, and while keeping the sash gives it an alluring bit of flair, the buttoned boots and gloves are… well, the only word for it is “classy.” It’s a great costume, which is probably why it’s been the subject of so much fanart and cosplay that it threatened to unseat even Harley Quinn from her throne at conventions this year.
But as good as that costume is, it’d just be something nice to look at if it wasn’t featured in a solid comic that stood as one of the most promising new series of the year. Launching a new woman-led series meant to appeal to new readers with an action-packed time travel epic that was also about personal heroes is a pretty bold move, but it paid off. It was thrilling, engaging, and Carol’s complete disregard for the integrity of the timestream did an awful lot to crystalize her character. And, you know, it doesn’t hurt that DeConnick and cowriter Christopher Sebela followed it up with a story where she hit a shark with another shark that she was swinging like a baseball bat. That’s comics, y’all.