Graeme McMillan: A Comic Book Crash-Course in ‘Captain Marvel’

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Graeme McMillan writes: Marvel has managed to convince audiences that raccoons, frozen WWII soldiers and aliens posing as mythical beings can be superheroes, but can it sell the movie-going public on the idea of a woman holding down her own superhero movie? With Guardians of the Galaxys Nicole Perlman and Inside Out’s Meg LeFauve now in the running to write the 2018 Captain Marvel, audiences might be started to get excited about the company’s first female-led movie. For those looking for an entry point into the character, here are the comic books to look for.

Essential Captain Marvel Vol. 1

Carol Danvers, Marvel’s current Captain Marvel, actually debuted during the early days of the first character to use that name in the Marvel Universe. This collection of the first 21 issues of his — yes, his — 1960s series introduces Danvers as a competent USAF officer and security chief who nonetheless falls for an alien soldier’s romantic charms… only to end up in a terrible accident as a result. It’s okay, though; it’s an accident that’ll give her superpowers soon enough. Think of this as Phase 1 Carol: little more than a love interest in less-enlightened times, but worth checking out for historical interest and a crash course in the alien race called the Kree.

Essential Ms. Marvel Vol. 1

Going from being an air force officer to a magazine editor was just one of the surprising changes awaiting Danvers when she graduated to her own comic book in the 1970s. Now part-alien as a result of the accident in the Captain Marvel series, she decided to fight crime and convince comic book readers that bared midriffs were in. This is Carol Phase 2: more independent, but just a little bit more generic at the same time. Read the rest of this entry »