Carol Danvers has been one of my favourite Avengers characters ever since Kurt Busiek’s run, but she’s been just that, an Avenger, not someone I’ve been interested in following as a solo character. I read the previous Ms. Marvel series by Brian Reed for about 7 issues before dropping it, I just felt like the character wasn’t really up to carrying her own series, perhaps it was the name, who knows. But now the character has changed her name, along with her costume and her hairstyle, and on the basis of this issue, she’s much more interesting to me. This issue was very enjoyable, and while not a whole lot happened, it did an excellent job at establishing who Carol Danvers is, and what her new focus is going to be, on claiming one of the biggest names in comics for her own. Kelly-Sue DeConnick has impressed me on mini-series like Osborn, but this was a step-up. The dialogue was very strong, especially between Carol and Spider-Man, and we got more insight into who Carol is here than we have in hundreds of Avengers comics. I would recommend this book to fans of Geoff Johns’ Green Lantern, it’s about a fighter pilot hero who takes no nonsense, but Carol isn’t nearly as much of a douche as Hal Jordan is. The only real problem here is the art from Dexter Soy. It’s not bad per se, but it’s a pretty big tonal shift from the cover art provided by Ed McGuinness. You’re going from incredibly bright and cartoonish on the cover, to dark and moody on the insides, it’s jarring. But other than that, this was a very strong first issue, and one which any fans who are clamouring for more female representation in comics should love, it’s a female hero, not posed with her ass out, written by a female writer. It’s what we were told we need, so hopefully it will sell well and really elevate the new Captain Marvel to A-status.