Captain Marvel: Cosmic CAT-tastrophe written by Sam Maggs, art by Sweeney Boo, colours by Brittany Peer, letters by Christa Miesner.
IDW, pb, £7.66
Reviewed by Sarah Deeming
Set some time after Thanos, Carol Danvers is settling down to as normal a life as she can when her BFF is Spider-Woman. In the middle of a horror-movie binge, their night is disrupted by Flerkins, (aliens that look like cats if you haven’t seen the Captain Marvel film.) Confident she can handle things on her own, Danvers uncovers a sinister Kree plot to use the cute, but murderous Flerkins to take over planets, a plot too big to handle on her own. Luckily, Danvers has some superhero friends, and a tame Flerkin of her own, who help her save the day with minimal casualties.
This is quite a fast story so does require some prior knowledge of the Marvel Universe. If reading my first paragraph you had to Google every other word, then this probably isn’t for you. That said, as a one-shot story, a light piece on Captain Marvel’s character, then this is a great piece filled with energy and a strong sense of right and wrong.
The intended age is 9-12, so if you’re older than that, or like more internalised angst and soul searching rather than a peppy go-get ‘em attitude where everyone has time for a joke, then you may not enjoy. Luckily, my household includes a someone who fits into the target audience demographic, so I let them read it. There was lots of giggles and excited exclamations and coos over how cute the cats are which I suspect is exactly what Maggs and co intended. While I might have felt the puns were a little cringe-worthy, for a 9-year-old, they were hilarious.
The artwork is quite cartoony, in keeping with the other platforms aimed at a younger audience. It’s bright and colourful, full of sass and attitude which keeps the tone of the story playful and the plot moving. The layout is uncomplicated, accessible for newcomers to graphic novels using either full pages or thick black borders to isolate moments in time. It has everything needed to appeal to someone whose first experience of superheroes might be cartoons and help them move to a different format for their stories.
If you’re a super-hero fan and have a little person in your household who you want to share your love of all things Marvel with, then this is the perfect for them.