Captain Marvel suddenly realizes there haven’t been any stars, like ever, and her crew of Carolers start questioning all kinds of authority. Next up? Touching the sky.

I realize that CM&theCC isn’t meant to be a comedy, but I admit laughing at the book that had Captain Marvel pointing out to the rest of the cast that there has never been any stars in the sky. Which I guess confirms all the fan speculation about whether or not Coldplay made it onto Battleworld. Or for that matter, Van Gogh paintings, Biblical Christmas stories, or children’s nursery rhymes.

I suppose it’s meant to be a testament to how insidious Dr. Doom’s control over this world really is, if planes and pop culture can be recreated with precision but people’s inclinations are to disbelieve their eyes and evidence and common sense. (My personal pet theory is that Battleworld was suddenly created all at once, and all the eight years of battle and et cetera exist only in memories. Yes, that means even Dr. Strange is a bit brainwashed in that respect. Hey, I said it was my *personal* theory, okay?)

It is consistent with the history of the Incursions and I seem to recall some comic pre-Secret Wars talking about the stars going out, so at least there’s that. It also proves to be the catalyst for the action in this book. I *like* the fact that CM and her amazing friends are too smart and full of gumption to take the world around them at face value. They challenge the status quo and seek for truth, which make them heroes after my own heart, and it’s the kind of story I enjoy. I suppose the key plot point doesn’t make sense precisely because it’s *not* supposed to make sense, but that requires a lot of buy-in from me as a reader and I’m not sure it really works.

As always, David Lopez’ art is amazing. There are subtle touches such as a different costume for Captain Marvel and two little pimples on Bee’s chin. The world is very well-realized, with planes that are both retro and sci-fi (like CM’s outfit is) and the staging for each panel is near perfect. Notice the sense of depth and space in each layout. A particularly effective one is where CM shouts out against the missiles that fly past her. Ditto the maneuvers at the beginning of the issue as she fly-bys the planes. The colors are well-chosen to tinge each scene appropriately, and there are tilts to the perspective that heighten the drama at key points, whether that’s CM surveying the destruction brought by the Thor Corps or her entrance that interrupts the “blasphemy” being spoken in the barracks.  

I’m not sure who the character is that Captain Marvel rescues. It’s probably someone important like Black Panther but the only thing we know about him is that he’s on a freighter illegally traversing the waters, so I’m going to go with my love of all things Indiana Jones and say it’s Captain Katanga. I could be wrong.

Grade

B

Conclusion

CM&theCC has an unfortunately unwieldily name but is full of interesting characters presented by absolutely amazing art. The setting is also unfortunate, as it can’t maintain your suspension of disbelief for a pretty critical plot point. At least it prompts the heroes to act smart and to rail against the System, and that’s a pretty good reason to tune in.