“Captain Marvel: Higher, Further, Faster” By Liza Palmer

43659674“Captain Marvel: Higher, Further, Faster”
By Liza Palmer
Narrated by: Sarah Mollo-Christensen
Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
Published March 5th 2019 by Listening Library

So now that we have all seen “Captain Marvel” and “Avengers: Endgame” it’s time to visit those heroes.  Wait, you haven’t seen those movies?  What are you waiting for? They are meant to be seen on the big screen. Go!  Now!

Anyway, the one thing I love about all my childhood heroes being on the big screen is that I get to tell people that I was a fan since way back when they were just a series of colored dots on a newsprint stock paper.  (That’s some old comics, right there.)  There are a few that I was familiar with but never really read their stories.  I mean realistically Spider-Man was all I really wanted, and when he’d appear in other comics I would read those.  So, when all the heroes come to life I get to go back and revisit those titles to see what I missed.  I remember a bit about Mar-Vell (who later gave Carol Danvers his power) but really that’s pretty much my extent of knowledge of Captain Marvel.  I will be going back to some of those comics soon to get educated in the ways of Captain Marvel, but in the meantime I ran across this audiobook which gives the Carol Danvers back story.

This book covers the origin of Carol Danvers and how she became heroic before becoming a super-hero.  Danvers starts out at the US Air Force Academy and wants to become the first female fighter pilot.  Unfortunately women don’t fly combat in today’s military.  Danvers is out to change that.  This book tells of the struggles and realities of today’s misogynistic society especially in the military.  There are no Super heroes or Super villians, but heroes and villians are present.  Danvers soon learns there are ways around the system but not to beat the system, rather to do what you can when forces stand in your way.

This makes for a great prequel to the movie and we learn what makes our soon to be Captain Marvel tick and how it becomes inevitable she saves the world.  This book would also make a great gift to the any young woman who will soon set out on her own to change the world.


Publisher’s Summary
Carol Danvers kicks off her US Air Force career with her first year at flight school, where she’ll be tested in ways she never thought possible – and make a lifelong friend, Maria Rambeau, in the process – in this atmospheric and exciting prelude to the upcoming Marvel Studios film Captain Marvel!

Focusing on Carol Danvers and Maria Rambeau as they wend their way through a space that was still very much a “boys’ club” in the ’80s, the important sociocultural themes explored in this novel are sure to draw in not only fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but listeners of social-issue-focused YA who gravitate toward relatable protagonists learning to navigate the world around them and to succeed in the face of seemingly insurmountable adversity.

©2019 Liza Palmer (P)2019 Listening Library