Captain Marvel by Peter David Omnibus, Vol. 1 is the #58 Most-Wanted Marvel Omnibus of 2017 on Tigereyes’s Secret Ballot.
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What Is It? Captain Marvel (1999/2000) was a new superhero title and relatively new superhero launched in late 1999 by Peter David. The series spun out of the events of the 12-issue maxi-series Avengers Forever, itself a spinoff of Kurt Busiek’s concurrent revival of Avengers (1998).
The series revived Marvel’s previously dormant heroic mantle “Captain Marvel” in the most straight-forward legacy fashion possible – by introducing Genis-Vell, the half-Kree/half-Eternal son of the original Silver Age Captain Marvel (who was a colleague of the current Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers).
Not only was this new Marvel related to the old one, but he begins his series bonded to the same Earthling host – Rick Jones, the kid who Bruce Banner saved from the Gamma Bomb blast back in the Silver Age (who had been a sort of sidekick and non-hero reality star ever since).
Captain Marvel began with a #0 issue in November 1999 and then a #1 in 2000, which is why different guides list it under different years. It ran for 35 issues from January 2000 t0 October 2002, and then relaunched in November 2002 for a 25-issue run to September 2004.
Past Ranking: This year is the book’s debut placement in the ballot results.
It was one of my “50 More Marvel Runs That Deserve an Omnibus” in 2016 and “12 Must-Read Marvel Runs (that ought to be an omnibus) – 1998 to 2008” last week.
Creators: Written by Peter A. David with the majority of the 2000 series penciled by ChrisCross (AKA Christopher Emmanuel Williams) with Jim Starlin, Patrick Zircher, Leonard Kirk, and others, inks by Anibal Rodriguez (with Walden Wong), colors by Steve Oliff, VLM, and Chris Sotomayer, and letters by Albert W. Deschesne and Wes Abbott (both of Comiccraft).
Probable Contents: This book would definitely collect Captain Marvel (1999/2000) #0-26, at minimum. Issue #26 marks Marvel’s (and his host’s) return to earth after a lengthy period in space.Click to expand a discussion of further content for this volume.
While it could push further to cover #27-35, leaving the complete 2002 series for a second omnibus, there is also an argument for including about a dozen of Genis-Vell’s origin appearances in this volume, which would include Silver Surfer (1987) Annual 6 & #90 (plus the final page of #89), Secret Defenders (1993) #14, Cosmic Powers (1994) #4 (and pages from #6), Silver Surfer Annual 7 (2nd story), Captain Marvel (1995) #1-6, Avengers Unplugged #5, Silver Surfer #122, and material from Avengers Forever (1998) #1-12.
(We could also include Silver Surfer (1987) #105-110 after Annual 7, but an entire Surfer arc feels like overkill. Same for Warlock #1-4 (1998) after Silver Surfer #122.)
Captain Marvel by Peter David, Vol.2 would then collect whatever remained of the 1999/2000 series, as well as Captain Marvel (2002) #1-25 and some story pages from Thunderbolts and New Thunderbolts that resolve Genis Vell’s story.
Can you read it right now? Not entirely. In print collections, #7-14 and 17-35 of the 2000 series are uncollected; see the Guide to Captain Marvel for more details. Marvel Unlimited has both the 1999/2000 series and the 2002 series, though it is is missing #26-35 of the 2000 series and does not include all of the lead-up issues from other titles (though it does have all of Avengers Forever).
Genis-Vell is trying to settle in to playing hero on Earth while sharing a body with his father’s alter-ego, Rick Jones – frequent sidekick to the Avengers.
Jones would probably prefer Genis-Vell to stay dormant, but they keep finding themselves in situations where Rick has to tap together his pair of Nega-Bands to bring forth Captain Marvel – just as he used to do with Genis-Vell’s dad so many years ago. [Read more…] about Captain Marvel by Peter David Omnibus, Vol. 1 – The #58 Most-Wanted Marvel Omnibus of 2017