Today sees the final issue of Captain Marvel And The Carol Corps, and the final scheduled comic book written, or in this case, co-written, by Kelly Sue DeConnick. It ends with goodbye and thanks from Kelly Sue.
But the final scenes give the comic a meta-narrative that seems backed by the comic as a whole, and Kelly Sue DeConnick's own career.
After battling with a continuity variety of Thors, Carol Danvers and her Corps do something they've been discussing through the book. Going up. To see what's there.
The Battleworld has no stars, it has the Human Torch for a Sun that we never actually see, just the light that floods the world, that the populace have little knowledge of. No one knows what is up there, most people don't even ask, even taking about stars is heresy.
Could we take that as a metaphor of Marvel creators and readers? Stuck in a Battleworld without even the possibility that they may leave it?Kelly Sue DeConnick is leaving Marvel Comics, after a slightly fractious relationship, to work solely on creator owned comic books and television series. And she's taking her friends with her. The outcome is unknown… but it's a journey worth taking.
And she'll even be back for those she left behind…
Is it a valid reading? I could be a lot wider tan this of course, taking the jump into something new, not letting yourself be tied down, doing it wit friends if you can. I don't know, but following this with her goodbye and thanks letter did seem to underline the specific allegory here.
What do you think?
Comics courtesy of Orbital Comics, London. Hosting a drawing class with Jessica Martin this Friday.