If you read the last issue of CAPTAIN MARVEL you might recall that things have changed in a big way for Carol Danvers. Without spoiling the issue, let's just say things are infinitely different for Carol than ever before, and if she wants to live, she is going to have to exhibit some serious self control.
This issue starts similarly to the last one where Carol's personal life is at the center of the story. We notice very quickly that there is a relationship between her and a character that surprises her a bit, and it's nice to see writers Kelly Sue DeConnick and Christopher Sebela incorporate him here. The issue breaks up the focus on Carol's personal life by integrating a scene where the character has to save the day. This was a good decision because if this hadn't been here the issue would have felt incredibly monotonous.
We are also introduced to Carol's new adversaries, and although they look a bit silly, it will be interesting to see whether they have anything to do with Carol's loss of powers. Is the reason she is struggling because of this new adversary, or is that just a coincidence?
This issue feels a bit repetitive. The writer focuses heavily on the fact that Captain Marvel's power set has changed, and we get a lot of scenes featuring the character walking abound a bit annoyed and stubborn, disregarding everything everyone around her is saying. However, even though she is told not to do something in this issue, we see her do it regardless. It would have made more sense if something were to have happened to Carol the moment she tried to fly, but we don't really see that. Rather than showing us the character really suffer the effects of her illness, we just see characters talk about it. This is all well and good but it would have been better to incorporate that as an action in the story as opposed to simply stating it for the reader.
This issue follows in the same vein as the previous issue of CAPTAIN MARVEL. It really explores the character on a more personal level which is something I found really interesting. In it we see Carol's personality shine a little bit and get a glimpse at her hard-headedness and stubbornness. We also see that there are people in Carol's life that are important to her and are looking out for her, and both these things were great. Having said that, this issue doesn't feel like it rides the high that the last issue ended with. Things could have been a bit more dramatic and we could have seen Carol literally suffer after attempting to fly. The issue ends on a pretty dramatic note which is good, but a big chunk of what happens in the middle could have been a bit better.