Within one lifetime, an individual can change who they are a multitude of times. As a result, one truly never remains the same person throughout the entirety of their life. Carol Danvers is no exception. CAPTAIN MARVEL: BRAVER & MIGHTIER #1 traverses that very journey Carol has taken in her career as a superhero. As a result, Carol finds herself contemplating her past self and decisions.

CAPTAIN MARVEL: BRAVER & MIGHTIER #1 definitely aims high in its poignancy. Unfortunately though, the issue relies too much on exposition rather than definitive characterization to transmit its message.

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CAPTAIN MARVEL: BRAVER & MIGHTIER #1 page 1. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

Another Day, Another Invasion

CAPTAIN MARVEL: BRAVER & MIGHTIER #1 begins with Carol enjoying another day at the office. On today’s agenda, fending off an alien invasion is the first item. Although, on this particular workday, Carol is in quite the rush.

She has scheduled an important interview with two reporters from high school. The two students struggle to brainstorm what they could possibly ask one of the most powerful heroes in cosmos, which is undoubtedly a daunting task.

Eventually, they decide on a single question.

So, when Captain Marvel fends off the invasion and finally makes her scheduled interview, the students ask,

What advice would you give to your younger self?

Captain Marvel’s response is simple. She would tell her younger self that she was right about pursuing her dreams and establishing an incredibly fulfilling life.

Thus, CAPTAIN MARVEL: BRAVER & MIGHTIER #1 is refreshing in the sense that the story is simple and rather upbeat. Additionally, Carol’s final message is one that anyone can identify with. However, that message would have been more impactful had it not played out so briskly within the literal final pages of the work. Also, most of the issue’s content could have been trimmed to facilitate more from the interview itself.

Ultimately, CAPTAIN MARVEL: BRAVER & MIGHTIER #1 tries really hard to convey its theme, which lessens its overall impact as the issue’s plot and characters are not given the opportunity to exemplify that very theme.

CAPTAIN MARVEL: BRAVER & MIGHTIER #1 page 2. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.


Though some aspects of the issue’s artwork are inconsistent, found in some of the illustrations of the students and Carol herself, there are multiple high points. Firstly, Erick Arciniega’s coloring is fantastic.

The palette depicted in the space sequences maintains luminous qualities. There is a great emphasis on bright red and yellow hues in these pages that manages to abbreviate the scope of space to centralize on Carol’s fight and emotions.

Additionally, Simone Buonfantino pulls the issue together beautifully in the illustrations that provide vignettes of Carol’s life.

These images not only depict Carol at different stages of her life, but they also capture the rage, the joy, the heartbreak she has experienced. Life, of course, is full of trials and tribulations in addition to the joyous moments one will hold onto. So, it is rewarding to see those aspects play out across a comic book page.

Again though, the artwork in this issue is not perfect. Some of the depictions of the students and Carol come across as disordered. There are multiple instances of these inconsistencies throughout the work.

However, there undoubtedly are more positive aspects to the art of this installment than negative ones.

CAPTAIN MARVEL: BRAVER & MIGHTIER #1 page 4. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

What Lies Beyond

CAPTAIN MARVEL: BRAVER & MIGHTIER #1 aims high. It strives to look back on Carol’s long journey throughout each role she has played in her lifetime. Unfortunately, the issue just misses the mark.

The work does not feel like a retrospective nor does it feel like a wholly complete issue. Rather, it feels as though it is missing a large chunk of itself. That missing piece could have been alleviated by more characterization on Carol herself or simply more dialogue between Carol and her interviewers.

Ultimately, the issue spends too much on time on the introductory context and way too little time hitting the message home.

So, though CAPTAIN MARVEL: BRAVER & MIGHTIER #1 maintains worthy intentions, it just falls short.

CAPTAIN MARVEL: BRAVER & MIGHTIER #1 by Jody Houser, Simone Buonfantino, Erick Arciniega, & Travis Lanham
CAPTAIN MARVEL: BRAVER & MIGHTIER #1 is a light-hearted, feel-good tale, but, unfortunately, that is pretty much all it is.
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One Comment

  1. J

    March 2, 2019 at 2:11 am

    Perhaps she should advise her past self not to tweak the press pool. It might tank her want-to-see ratings and cause a controversial twitstorm of bad PR and nerd rage on top of dwindling comic sales. Wait, this wasn’t a comic about Brie Larson? Oh, okay. My bad. 🙂


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