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Captain Marvel is enjoying a mad rush of popularity after her stellar appearance in this year's solo feature film and extended cameo in Avengers: Endgame, and now she's poised to star in her own all-ages comic adventure from IDW Publishing.
Written by Sam Maggs and matched with art by Sweeney Boo and colors courtesy of Brittany Peer, Captain Marvel is the latest entry in the Marvel Action publishing crossover aimed at younger readers. It showcases those sly, shape-shifting, interdimensional pussycats called Flerkens — and SYFY WIRE has five furry pages of this purr-riffic premiere issue alongside illuminating creator comments. (For the record, Captain Marvel’s first Earth 58163-born Flerken, Chewie, initially appeared back in 2006 with Marvel's Giant-Size Ms. Marvel #1, with its kitty name chosen as an obvious reference to Star Wars’ Chewbacca.)
The upcoming whimsical three-part storyline finds the high-flying Carol Danvers having a quiet night with best friend Jessica Drew (aka Spider-Woman) when things take an unexpected turn as Manhattan’s bodegas are suddenly swarmed by an invasion of angry felines. But these are not just ordinary tabby cats or Siamese cats, but Flerkens, the most terrifying, catnip-hating, pocket-dimension-holding, tentacle-devouring kitty look-alikes in the entire galaxy. Carol is paw-sitive she can handle the emergency by herself, but can she overcome the toothy, tentacled foes alone before it’s too late?
"I absolutely love this page!" Boo tells SYFY WIRE. "When I read Sam's script I laughed out loud. I really needed to illustrate the bewildering logic of Carol's ripping off her pjs to reveal her full armor underneath. Too funny."
Maggs is enamored of Boo's flashy rendition of Danvers in this YA miniseries, and does not hesitate to express her appreciation.
"Can we just take a second to appreciate Sweeney's take on the Captain Marvel costume, here?" Maggs tells SYFY WIRE. "I want Carol to crush me with her armor-clad thighs. Also, tiny Jessica is adorable. I die."
"I really wanted to tackle a story here not only about cats, but also about how hard it is to be a good friend," she continues. "You're busy with work, you're trying to protect your friends' time as well as your own ... mix in some outer-space conflict, and it just gets really tough — even for Carol!"
Hide the catnip and soar into our 5-page preview of IDW's Marvel Action: Captain Marvel #1 in the full gallery below, then tell us if you'll help fight the Flerkens when the first issue arrives in comic shops Aug. 21.