In terms of character work, Smith does excel here. He approaches Captain Marvel and Billy as separate entities that are strongly connected, but retain their own personalities—though he does a great job of establishing the fact that both characters have their merits and are equal parts of the hero that they become. I was equally impressed with his handle on Mary who is a spunky rival of sorts to Billy. He is her caretaker, but also her competitor, which is an interesting twist on their relationship, especially considering that by being similar in age, Mary represents the childhood that Billy was robbed of.
While the majority of the characters are drawn with exaggerated features, a lot of the background and supporting characters are drawn in a more realistic style, which is oddly off-putting. Also, while the large open panels do work thematically with the story, they also cause a lot of the book to look very bland at times because of the minimal backgrounds and additional details. The art is often at times with torn between the whimsy and fun of Smith’s design style and a grittier outlook that the story demands.
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