I haven’t been much of a fan of Kelly Sue DeConnick and Dexter Soy’s run on Captain Marvel. While I don’t think DeConnick’s writing is all that bad, I just don’t find it engaging enough for me to put this series on my pull list. But the writing is really the lesser of the two evils here. Frankly, I find Dexter Soy’s art off-putting to the Nth degree. Soy draws boxy figures that look to be inked with a magic marker. The movement of his characters and action is clumsy, awkward and not remotely fluid or organic. I think his style would be better suited to a character like Ghost Rider or Transformers. His art seems better suited for more non human, non organic characters. Luckily, Captain Marvel #5 has the lovely, scrumptious artwork of Emma Rios.
Rios did some terrific artwork for the recent Cloak and Dagger “Spider Island” mini series. She also worked on Patsy Walker: Hellcat a few years back. In Captain Marvel #5, Rios again shows that her talent continues to grow by leaps and bounds. Rios art is a wonderful mix of Gene Colan with dashes of Toulouse Lautrec. Rios gives us several scenes in an airforce bar that immediately made me think of such Lautrec paintings as “At The Moulin Rouge” and “Two Women Waltzing”. There is also a lovely scene of Carol flying with Helen in tow and a few night images that were evocative of Colan’s stylistic work on Tomb of Dracula.