I’ve got to admit, I had a lot of doubts about this title when I heard about it. But I’ve been enjoying it a lot, and it’s because of a very fine line they manage to walk. It’s not a book about a “Muslim hero.” it’s a book about a young hero who happens to be Muslim. It’s a subtle distinction, but it’s there, and it makes all the difference.
Kamala is a fun character to read. She’s a young hero, new to her powers, and is struggling to get a handle on them. She’s also that rare breed these days that’s decided to be a hero because she can, not out of vengeance or obligation. She’s upbeat, entertaining, and finding her way as a hero. The Muslim culture is there, and informs her character, but doesn’t define it.
Presently, she’s dealing with a young man her parents really wanted her to meet. They seem to have everything in common. Then, at the end of last issue, it was revealed they even more in common, as he, too, is an Inhuman. Ever heard that saying about, “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is?” Well, let’s just say he’s not all that he seems, and things don’t go well on their sorta but not quite date. The issue ends with a lot of not so good surprises.
Plot: It’s not a really original story– hero set up by someone trying to recruit them into some shady organization. But it’s well-executed. I’ll give it a 3 out of 5.
Art: The art is one of the things that make the book. It’s slightly different from regular comics, but it’s not annoyingly cutesy. I’ll give it a 3 out of 5.
Positives: As I said above, it’s a fun title. Kamala uses her powers in fun and different ways, and she has a huge heart. She’s not being a damsel in distress; she’s handling what’s going on very well.
Negatives: She was a bit naive to end up in the situation she’s in, but then, that’s the character so far. I’m getting a little tired of the Inhumans now starting to get like the mutants were in the 90’s– all over the place and having lots of factions.
Ms. Marvel is a fun book and I recommend it.
Ms. Marvel #14
Writer: G Willow Wilson
Artist: Takeshi Miyazawa
Colorist: Ian Herring
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover: Jake Wyatt