• Carving Out A Place For Captain Marvel At Newsarama

    Newsarama have an interview with the new writers of Captain Marvel, Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters, wherein they talk Alpha Flight, and there's an EXCLUSIVE first look at the cover for May's #5 by regular series artist Kris Anka:-


    The article seems to confirm that we'll only see the three characters that we have so far, echoing what Marvel EIC Axel Alonso has said, and also that Marvel were pushing for the team to be incorporated in a big way.

    The interview is worth reading in it's entirety but the following quotes are definitely of interest:

    Nrama: Captain Marvel #1 had Carol returning to space, but this time, instead of traversing the galaxy, she’s leading Earth’s first line of cosmic defense – the re-purposed Alpha Flight. Was using Alpha Flight something the two of you pitched, or was it an idea that developed with editorial?

    That actually came from Marvel. They actually had worked out a lot of the big set piece things that they wanted to do. So Marvel’s design for this run was to really differentiate Carol and where she fits in the Marvel Universe. So, the Avengers protect Earth, the Guardians of the Galaxy are out in space, so we wanted to carve out a specific place for Captain Marvel. So she’s on a space station – they didn’t have what that would look like, what kind of space station – and they wanted to relaunch Alpha Flight.

    Butters: For us, we really enjoy writing Puck, Sasquatch, and Aurora – they’re fun characters. And it’s nice to be able to give our own spin on them.

    Nrama: There seem to be some interesting dynamics developing between Carol and Alpha Flight. She’s developing an relationship with Puck, in particular. Will we see her building her relationships with the individual Alpha Flight members as Captain Marvel continues?

    Fazekas: Absolutely. The real interesting transition you have to make, and the problem we have – Chris Dingess, a writer on Agent Carter who also wrote a comic book called Manifest Destiny, would look at our scripts for Captain Marvel and say “You have too much story,” so we would pare it back and pare it back. And then we would have too much dialogue, so we’d have to leave room for the art. You have to get it down to 20 pages. So in our first issue, they said “We’re gonna give you two extra pages since there’s so much going on,” and we were like “OK. Thank you!” So you have to really concisely sell the characters, cause you’ve got plot to deliver, and action to deliver.
    It’s really funny how the Carol/Puck relationship developed.

    Butters: We don’t now why it happened. They just play off of each other really well.

    Fazekas: It’s fun seeing it develop over the course of our arc.
    Comments 25 Comments
    1. rplass's Avatar
      rplass -
      Alpha flight mentioned in A-Force #2 as well
    1. Phil's Avatar
      Phil -
      Yeah, no cast members unfortunately though
    1. -K-M-'s Avatar
      -K-M- -
      I'm happy with getting the name "Alpha Flight" out and in a respectful way. What a change in a short amount of time compared to well....ever
    1. Phil's Avatar
      Phil -
    1. Phil's Avatar
      Phil -
      #5 will also have an Age of Apocalypse Variant Cover - http://comicbook.com/2016/02/10/marv...lypse-costume/