Ms. Marvel’s first story arc in the rebooted Marvel Universe ends this issue. Her image has been used for a shady housing development without her consent. That’s bad enough for the young hero, but there’s a lot more going on then meets the eye. Bad enough that the creepy takeover of the area is being backed by Hydra, but their resident mind-control expert is bad news. The people under his control have had purple glowing effects. Purple plus mind control in the wake of the Jessica Jones series will probably have people thinking Kilgrave the Purple Man, but that’s a nice fake. As was revealed last issue, the baddie in question is Dr. Faustus. Despite a goofy name, Faustus is a very dangerous foe and expert in the field of mind control.
In addition to bringing the entire neighborhood under his sway, Faustus has managed to capture Bruno, Kamala’s best friend/ potential but denied love interest. Ms. Marvel is forced to retreat, and then link up with one of the last people she wants to talk to- Michaela, Bruno’s girlfriend. Michaela proves to be a pretty cool person and very, very smart. Between them, they come up with a way to negate Faustus’ hold on everyone. Unfortunately, Ms. Marvel seems to have picked up some of Peter Parker’s luck, and even though she wins, the people have begun to seriously doubt her.
Plot: I’ll give the plot a 4 out of 5. There were some clever twists and I like the directions Wilson took the story.
Art: The art really works for the character. It’s a bit cartoony, but that fits Kamala’s youthful earnestness. I’ll give the art a high 3.5 out of 5.
Positives: I like that Ms. Marvel mentioned she was getting better with her powers through training with the Avengers. That’s part of the benefit to a newish hero being on a big team, and I’m glad she’s getting the experience. The scenes with Michaela were nicely done. I just really enjoy Kamala’s attitude in general.
Negatives: Very few. You’d think a Hydra backed disturbance that effected an entire neighborhood would have gotten on somebody’s radar, but then again, it is Ms. Marvel’s book.
This is a reliably enjoyable book, and a fine indication that you can still tell good stories without them being dark and gritty all the time.
Ms. Marvel 3
Writer: G. Willow Wilson
Artist: Takeshi Miyazawa
Colorist: Ian Herring
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover: Cliff Chiang