After the chaos of the Secret Wars, not much has changed for Kamala Khan, the current Ms. Marvel. She’s still in school, still fighting the good fight, and trying to balance being a superhero with the other parts of her life. Her mother is aware of her secret and is something of an ally now, which was a really nicely done reveal a little while ago.
Ms. Marvel’s likeness has been appropriated for a new housing development/community that seems to have a malevolent, Stepford Wives feel to it. Kamela never agreed to this, and she is dealing with the fallout as the people who don’t like the neighborhood’s strong-arm tactics think she’s part of it.
Further complicating her life, Kamala’s brother Aamir is sort of seeing someone. He’s a very strict Muslim, and that makes the courting process complicated. Kamala gets drafted to be his chaperone as the three of them go for a walk, only to find more proof that something isn’t right in the Hope Yards Development. The issue ends with Ms. Marvel finding out who is behind the development- an old Marvel villain that hasn’t been seen in a while. The villain in question has actually managed to kill at least one hero in the past, and is working for a very dangerous group. Ms. Marvel is going to have a hard time getting through this, especially considering one of her closest allies is now under the bad guys’ control.
Plot: I’ll give this a 4 out of 4 for plot. I like the story, and they are combining a few old tropes in a new way, which is really enjoyable.
Art: I’ll give the art a high 3.5 out of 5. The style really works for Ms. Marvel and her adventures. Miyazawa is doing a great job handling some amusing facial expressions and Kamala’s body warping powers.
Positives: There’s a humor to this book that is often missing these days that I really enjoy. Kamala is a good kid with a good heart, and you don’t see that a lot, either. The villain, once revealed, makes a lot of sense, and there’s a decent misdirect along the way. I also really enjoy the way culture is part of the book without being preachy. The scene with Kamala’s potential sister in law was brilliant.
Negatives: Kamala is acting like a bit of a hypocrite with Bruno and his girlfriend, but even that makes sense. It’s all well and good to spout noble ideals, but harder to live them, especially when you’re a teenager.
I’m really enjoying this book a lot. It’s one of my first reads every week it comes out.
Ms. Marvel 2
Writer: G. Willow Wilson
Artist: Takeshi Miyazawa
Colorist: Ian Herring
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover: Cliff Chiang