(This review may contain spoilers).
While I hadn’t seen Carol Danvers in any of the previous Marvel comic books I’ve read (I’ve yet to read Captain Marvel’s), I did find her an interesting character to get to know, not having had any preconceptions of her due to seeing her in other mediums.
I thought it was interesting how, in the first set of comics, Carol didn’t actually know what was happening to her. It was interesting to see her trying to deal with having blackouts and trying to keep her job… though I didn’t think very much of her boss. He came across as quite a big jerk. I also thought it was interesting to see how Ms. Marvel had no idea of who her real identity was and was only concerned with trying to bring in the bad guys.
It was interesting to see Carol interacting with Mary Jane. While I would have liked to see more of her interacting with Peter, it was good to see how Carol related to some of the people around… even though I did feel some sympathy for Mary Jane, considering how she tried to befriend Carol and was rebuffed.
I thought the second set of comics was particularly intriguing, though I’m still not sure I understood how everything fit together and how Carol had known Kitty later. It was interesting to see her travel through the different time periods and I really felt like Howard was a complete jerk. At the same time, it did make me smile to see the cartoon that pictured Captain Marvel as a capable woman.
I liked the fact that the second set of comics was focused on strong female characters and there were some good parallels drawn between the first Captain Marvel and Carol. I would have liked to see what happened to the group of pilots Carol left behind, though.
While I did find certain aspects of the second comic confusing, I did like the artwork and the slightly more gritty style of it. Plus, it was good to see more of some of the other characters, even if only briefly, and learn a bit more of Carol’s history. I’m sure that, in the future, I’d like to see more of her in other comics.