Captain Marvel, Vol. 1: In Pursuit of Flight
I have so many feelings about this graphic novel, I cannot even adequately put them into words. For starters it’s like Kelly Sue knew exactly what my buttons were, and then mashed them all down repeatedly.
Where to start? How about with the fact that Carol Danvers left the Air Force as a full bird colonel making her solidly at least 40 years old. Yep, that’s right, this badass super hero, with powers galore, is a fully matured, adult woman, basically starting her second career in life (as a superhero, no less).
If that isn’t awesome enough, she’s a military pilot (have I mentioned I’m a pilot for the Marine Corps?) - so yeah, I have lots of feels about aviatrixes.
Her costume is awesome. Aside from the sash around her waist (which I LOVE, and I realize is a nod back to her Ms. Marvel days), Captain Marvel’s costume is something that you’d see any of the male superheroes wearing. She looks strong, powerful, sexy, feminine, and all while being fully covered (which I, for one, really appreciate - I love Wonder Woman’s costume, but it’s not one I would ever feel comfortable wearing in public (except on a race) - for the ladies that do dress as Wonder Woman, though - you rock it!). Also SHE HAS A MOHAWK!!!
Let’s talk about Helen Cobb a little bit. A woman with 15 speed records for flying (YAY ANOTHER PILOT!). A woman who actively mentors other women/wants them to succeed, and doesn’t feel threatened by someone else doing better than her (just uses it as a challenge to improve herself!). Not afraid to push the envelope in a “man’s world” either, and actively campaigned to be an astronaut.
So what I’m saying is the writing is excellent. It’s clearly well thought out, dynamic, witty, and loads of fun. Oh, and the ART! I love it!
I’m not even going to lie - I totally cried reading Helen’s letter to Carol. Thank you, Kelly Sue, for writing such a wonderful story/character/everything.
So now let’s all go punch holes in the sky and be the stars we were always meant to be.
Special thanks to Betsy for hounding me for month and months to get my butt in gear & finally read this. I’m sorry I waited so long - I won’t make that mistake again!
Goodread review here.
I’m really glad you liked it.
…I miss Helen so much.