Captain Marvel was born to be a leader, something that has steadily been on display during her most recent solo series.
Issue #6 continues that trend whilst also beginning the book's entanglement with Marvel's current big book event Civil War II, and for the most part, it works well. Typically an event in the scale of Civil War II would necessitate some big shifts of character rather quickly, which rarely if ever feels natural. Writers Ruth and Christos Gage manage to make the transition rather seamless.
Spoilers lie ahead, so be forewarned.
Now, if you've already read that series, you know that this book is operating in the past, as Rhodes, unfortunately, met his death at the hands of Thanos in the opening issue.
For newcomers to the book, it might be a bit of a shock that Danvers and Rhodes were an item, mostly due to her responses to Tony in the first and second issues of Civil War II. Her previous interactions with Rhodes (including this issue) show just how much he meant to Carol, and paint her reactions in Civil War II in a much different light. That is only furthered when her current ordeal with Minerva shows just how important someone like the Inhuman Ulysses can be, and how many lives are at stake when they choose to ignore his visions.
Consequently, these aspects are making her solo tie-ins required reading for people who want to get the most out of Civil War II, just as Spider-Man's tie-ins were crucial to the original Civil War.
Outside of the overarching storyline, what is most readily apparent is just how much Ruth, Christos, and the entire team truly get the character of Carol Danvers. She's powerful and confident, with charisma radiating out of her pores. The Gage's have similarly restored some shine to the entire team of Alpha Flight, and it's the most I've enjoyed characters like Puck, Aurora, and Sasquatch in quite some time.
When I said the entire team got this character, I meant it. That extends to the delightful art team of Kris Anka and Matt Wilson. Their work here is superb, carefully balancing bright and colorful hues with modern and stylish line-work. They continue to knock the art duties right out of the park.
If you've been looking for a good place to hop on, Captain Marvel #6 is a perfect place to start, and if you're looking for a more fleshed out angle in regards to Civil War II, this is the place to get it.
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Written By: Ruth Fletcher Gage & Christos Gage
Art By: Kris Anka
Colored By: Matt Wilson
Lettered By: VC's Joe Caramagna