Look you guys, you know I’m a big fan of Captain Marvel and this whole series, but seriously, this issue was really kind of bad. Hell, I’d go as far to say it wasn’t just bad, it was entirely unnecessary and a real waste of money.
Unlike the previous ‘Infinity’ tie-in issue, where Kelly-Sue DeConnick and co-writer Jen Van Meter did a decent enough job of ‘dancing through the crossover raindrops’ and telling their own story, here, pretty much the entire issue was just a retelling of stuff we’ve already read, whether in last week’s issue of Avengers, or this week’s issue of Infinity. There was almost nothing new here, apart from maybe a little bit more detail on the nature of Carol’s Binary powers and some moderately entertaining banter between Cap and Spider-Woman, but apart from that… nada. Seriously, more of this comic was written by Jonathan Hickman than the two credited writers. I’ve been enjoying Infinity a lot, but it seems like the fact that it’s been so tightly-plotted by just one writer has not left the tie-ins very much room. It’s a shame, because normally, this book is very good.
Patrick Oliffe’s art was solid, but when you’ve seen the same scenes already when drawn by the likes of Leinil Yu, Dustin Weaver and Jerome Opena, it kind of pales in comparison and looks very old-fashioned. Let’s hope #17 can bring things back on track with Carol’s own ongoing storylines, because this was just lame.
I wonder if there are any people out there who are reading this book, but not Infinity, perhaps they enjoyed it more? I dunno, but this was just a re-tread of stuff we’ve already seen, a real missed-opportunity and a bummer.