By Brett White
Carol Danvers still has plenty of holes to punch in the sky.
During her first year operating under the rank of Captain Marvel, the seasoned veteran and mainstay Avenger fought off a who’s who of her own worst enemies and the relentless hordes of INFINITY. While she managed to save herself, her friends, and the entire world on a number of occasions, those victories did not come without a sacrifice: Captain Marvel’s own sense of identity and memory fell victim to her victories.
Kelly Sue DeConnick’s steady hand guided Carol through her previous adventures, and the writer revealed to us that she still has plenty of stories left to tell starring the character. Artist David Lopez joins her on a new ongoing CAPTAIN MARVEL, which launches in March 2014.
We spoke to DeConnick about the continuing exploits of Carol Danvers as part of All-New Marvel NOW!
Marvel.com: The teaser word for this CAPTAIN MARVEL re-launch is “Higher.” How does that word factor into the series?
Kelly Sue DeConnick: Man, there is no way I’m not going to come off as a terrible smart alec here but, “literally.” It figures in literally.
Marvel.com: “The Enemy Within” and INFINITY have so far given Carol some big, meaty, emotional moments and left her with an altered memory. How will Carol’s experiences factor into the new volume?
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Kelly Sue DeConnick: I think the two events provide direct impetus for her re-launch—and again, that’s literal. I’m in a tricky spot here because I don’t want to give too much away about the Carol Corps issue—issue #17 of the current run—but Captain Marvel steps up and pays a heavy price to live that idea of “hero” in “Enemy Within,” then feels disconnected from herself and her fellows in INFINITY then finds a way to reconnect to a part of herself in CAPTAIN MARVEL #17, which directly influences the choice she makes that leads to the new number #1.
One thing I’ll drop [is that] there’s a time jump. Not as in time travel—you’re welcome!—but rather, there’s a gap between the end of this run and the start of the next, and figuring out what happened in that time will be part of the fun of the first arc.
Marvel.com: Carol’s gained a bit supporting cast in her first volume as Cap, ones that the fans have really responded to. How do Tracy, Wendy, Jessica, Frank and the rest fit into her new series, or will we see new additions to the supporting cast?
Kelly Sue DeConnick: We will see them, but not the same way we’ve seen them up to this point. I love them too much to abandon them, though. And yes, [there will be] some important additions.
Marvel.com: You threw a lot at Carol in the first volume, from dinosaurs to giant robots and even the villain that set her on her super-powered path. What types of villains are you looking to include in Captain Marvel’s further adventures?
Kelly Sue DeConnick: [I’m] looking to create some cool new villains worthy of Carol. There are two that are competing for my affection at the moment.
Marvel.com: David Lopez is coming off of some stunning issues of Brian Wood’s X-MEN. What vibe does he bring to CAPTAIN MARVEL?
Kelly Sue DeConnick: A “classic” vibe, I think. David and I are just getting to know each other, but his passion for the form is inspiring.
Marvel.com: The book’s fans, the Carol Corps, have become an incredibly powerful movement online. Do you have any words of advice for them during the book’s quick hiatus?
Kelly Sue DeConnick: The Corps doesn’t need any advice from me—they’ve got it covered. That’s just one of the things that impresses me so much about them: they’re very much a community of self-starters. You know they have their own podcast? I think they’re reading and discussing the history of the character starting with the 1977 MS. MARVEL run right now.
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