Saturday, July 2, 2016

Book Review: Captain Marvel: Higher, Further, Faster, More by K. S. DeKonnick et al.

Captain Marvel: Higher, Further, Faster, More written by Kelly Sue DeKonnick, art by David Lopez et al.

Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers) is selected by Tony Stark to represent the Avengers in outer space. She accepts the position, mostly to give her some perspective on life and a challenge. The first challenge she comes across is the plight of the Nowlanians. Their home planet was destroyed by the Builders. They were relocated to the planet Torfa. The Nowlanians have another problem--their new planet is a poison planet: the previous population died out from a plague. The Nowlanians are dying out right now, so there is a faction that wants relocation while another faction wants to find a cure. If that wasn't enough trouble, the Galactic Alliance (which is led by a very questionable character) wants to force them off the planet before they can figure out if they want to go. Plenty of fighting and intrigue follow from all these complications.

The story has a nice level of complication and Carol's go-get-'em attitude makes things move along at a great pace. She makes mistakes but she works to fix the situation as best she can. The Guardians of the Galaxy show up for a bit, which probably happened because their film was so popular (this story originally appeared in individual issues in 2014). Still, they aren't just shoe-horned in but actually contribute to moving the plot forward.

Fun and action-packed, this story is great summer reading with interesting characters dealing with personal and public problems.

Special Note: This book is not a follow-on from the last Captain Marvel book I read, so I am left in limbo about her brain lesion. Yikes!

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