Comic Rewind: Captain Marvel Vol. 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More

Iron Man wants the Avengers to have a presence in space and Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel jumps at the opportunity in Captain Marvel Vol. 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More.

Marvel and Rhodey aka War Machine find an escape pod with an alien girl in it.  This alien girl is from an alien race who had their planet destroyed.

Danvers has become restless on Earth.  She has a friend’s daughter who is her biggest fan.  Danvers has a romantic relationship with Rhodey, but is still not happy.  Something is missing from her life and she can’t figure out what.  

When an opening for an Avenger to go out and patrol space comes up she volunteers.  Her mission to to return the alien girl back to her adopted home planet of Torfa.  Marvel gets in a fight with some smugglers and mercenaries and her ship is damaged.  She got some help from the Guardians of the Galaxy, but while she is talking with them the girls pod opens up.

The alien girls name is Tic and she came to Earth to ask for help.  Emperor J’son of the Spartoi Empire who is also Starlord’s dad moved Tic’s people to a new planet.  However, now that one is making people sick and J’son is moving them again.

Tic doesn’t believe J’son is doing this out of the goodness of his heart and asks Marvel for help.  Marvel agrees to help in any way she can.

Captain Marvel Vol. 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More was written by Kelly Sue DeConnick with art by David Lopez.  Marvel Comics published the volume in 2014.

This comic has been asking me to read it for years.  I see the cover all the time and had always heard really good things about it.  However, I was disappointed in the comic.

It could very much be because I am unfamiliar with the events in the Marvel Universe at around that time.  The volume references the builders a lot, but I had no idea who they were.  They were also not really explained any more than they are powerful and the reason Tic’s old planet was destroyed.

I had a very hard to caring about Tic and her race.  I didn’t really get to know any of them or their motivations.  It was really hard to care if their planet was destroyed and hard to root for them.

The people on Tic’s planet looked very different from each other.  At first I thought they were all the same race, but towards the end I thought maybe they are a collection of aliens without homes.  It is never explained and always left me confused.

This is not an awful introduction to Captain Marvel, but it is far from the best either.  I didn’t know Marvel’s motivations 100 percent and I wish I knew a little more about why she was restless.  It still gave me a glimpse into who she is and her personality.

I felt this volume was just alright.  It is a good comic to read if you borrow it from a friend or you can get it for free.  I personally would not buy it, but it is not awful if you did.

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