Friday, March 6, 2015

Captain Marvel #12 (HERE BE SPOILERS!)

DeConnick returns Carol to space in this issue after her brief Earth sojourn, and it's not an easy homecoming.  

Carol discovers that the Haffenseye have kidnapped Chewie to use him against Mr. Knife as he encroaches on Haffenseye space; they also took Tic, for unknown reasons.  Carol manages to get Harrison online and they head to the slave planet where they think that the Haffenseye are going, based on their trajectory.  They take a "short cut" through the "Endless Envelope," hoping to beat the Haffenseye to the planet.  (In general, if your enemies decide to go around something in their own territory called the "Endless Envelope," it's probably a good idea not to doubt them.)

Unfortunately, DeConnick leaves out some details here, like how the Haffenseye knew that Carol was going to teleport into the ship.  After all, if they didn't know that she was going to teleport into the ship, it wouldn't have been worth it to solder all the doors shut, since she would've had to open one to enter.  I'm also not sure why they wouldn't just kill Tic.  Why take on the liability of keeping alive Tic?  DeConnick seems to argue that they're going to sell her as a slave, but was she really worth the effort?

But, the real joy of this issue is the art.  Lopez's rendering of the Endless Envelope is stunning, and you haven't lived until you've seen Chewie in a full-on Hannibal Lecter mask.  I definitely added a star for that reason alone.

*** (three of five stars)

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