Jan. 18th, 2013

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Once upon a time, this was Captain Marvel:

Mar-Vell, as he was then known, was a Kree warrior (i.e., an alien), who came to Earth to observe (i.e., spy on) humanity as it transformed into a space-traveling race, and eventually came to like humans. For a variety of reasons (which I won't mention in case some of you don't want to be spoiled), Mar-Vell has shared his identity with a number of other characters, male and female, over the years, many possessing similar powers and similar (i.e., not always identical) names. Amongst the Marvel Comics "Marvels" was "Ms Marvel," the alter ego of US Air Force office Carol Danvers, who made her first appearance in the 60's. but acquired superhuman abilities - and her new Superhero name - by the time her first self-titled comic appeared in 1977. This was Ms Marvel then:

Now honestly, there's nothing wrong with a little skin showing when one performs their superhero duties (just ask the Hulk!) - and really (she said, editing the post *g*) - usually Ms Marvel didn't flash that much skin:

...but in 2012, when writer Kelly Sue DeConnick and artist Dexter Soy took over the character, Ms Marvel got brought up to date. She was given a name change (now Captain Marvel), a hair cut and a costume change...

...and became part of a really great new series.

Some potentially spoilery commentary )

Note: There's an interesting (spoilery) interview featuring writer Kelly Sue DeConnick here if you'd like to get some sense of how Carol Danvers was (re)-shaped for this run.

BTW...are any of you Spider-Man fans? I'd love to see a review of #700 of "Amazing Spider-Man" and #1 of "Superior Spider-Man" if anybody's interested in putting something together.


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