Meet Carol Danvers (aka Captain Marvel)

Summary:

Meet Carol Danvers. In this first book, we get to know more about her life before becoming Captain Marvel. While her friend Tracy Burke is going through chemotherapy to fight cancer, Carol takes care of her. We also lean about her relationship with her hero Helen Cobb, a World War II pilot.  After Helen's death, Carol decides she wants to fly Helen's plane. In her quest to beat Helen’s all-time flight height record, she loses control of the plane and crashes on an island. She's flown herself back to 1943 and is caught in the middle of a battle between Japanese soldiers and the Women’s Air Service Pilots Banshee Squad.

BTSYA / Young Adult Reader (26):
The author’s take on Captain Marvel is interesting. The time travel twist on this story is intriguing and made me want to continue reading. I liked the inclusion of other Marvel universe characters, and the art style in the first half. In the second half, the art changes, which made it confusing. Was this supposed to be a different story? It may not confuse others, but it made me question what was happening.  Overall, this is an entertaining read. Readers who like graphic novels, books with art and pictures, or who lose interest with books will like it.

The target audience is teen, and I would add "14 and older" because of the cursing and violence. Parents should look at the book and decide if it is appropriate for their child.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Readers who love lots of art, action, and visual storytelling - not to mention strong female characters - will enjoy this introduction to Ms. Marvel.

Content Awareness Factors:

Violence is central to the plot, and characters use curse words.


Type of Book:
This is the graphic novel that introduced readers to Captain Marvel.
Educational Themes:

Readers' interest in World War II and female ace pilots may be piqued because of the time travel component of this story. There are also more modern references (Mercury 13, NASA) that are also new-to-tem and may encourage them to seek out more information about those subjects.

Reading Level:
unknown
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
13 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
14 and Up
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow unless you know a huge Marvel Comics fan/collector.
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Title Captain Marvel: In Pursuit of Flight
About

Cpatain Marvel, Volume 1

Author Kelly Sue Deconnick
Publisher Marvel © 2013
Illustrators Dexter Soy, Emma Rios
ISBN 9780785165491
Material Paperback
Cost $29.95
Genres Comics | Graphic Novels, Superheroes
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