Before I get into the review, it’s worth noting that the first issue of Ms. Marvel is entering its 6th printing. In addition, the letters page claimed that Ms. Marvel 1 is also Marvel’s top digital seller. Considering how much difficulty Marvel’s had in having a female-led title last, it’s very encouraging to see this title doing so well. Also, G. Willow Wilson’s Ms. Marvel completely deserves it.
Ms. Marvel 7 is part 2 in her team-up with Wolverine. In the last issue, they intersected in the sewers with the similar goal of facing the Inventor, but for different reasons. It ended with them being attacked by a giant alligator. After the opening fight, the two of them journey through the sewers, searching for Wolverine’s missing friends. On the way, Wolverine gives Kamala Khan some genuinely good advice that factors in by the end of the issue.
Their interaction remains consistently fun and shows Kamala using her powers in creative ways outside of combat. It also shows growth of character when she willingly puts herself in a painful situation to spare Wolverine, and the way she describes electricity as being snapped by thousands of rubber bands emphasizes how out of her depth she may be and the kind of sheltered childhood she had. Wolverine seems uncharacteristically nice at times, but that could just be because he’s working with a kid. He even censors himself at one point. The only minor problem here is that, while the last issue referenced her suit’s weakness to water, it doesn’t seem to come into play here when she wades through the deeper parts of the sewer.
While it’s not as strong as the regular artist, Jacob Wyatt’s art is good. Facial expressions are used to great effect, emphasising not only Kamala’s excitement with journeying through the sewers with one of her personal heroes, but also pain and exhaustion when she starts exerting herself or subjects herself to electrical shock. The one panel when Wolverine jumps on her back is particularly good. The fight scene with the alligator flows smoothly and there’s good use of environmental destruction and motion lines. Whenever Kamala uses her morphing powers, there’s a glow wherever she changes shape. The one cross-section page where they climb through the sewers is great fun. Kamala’s head seems to change sizes here and there, but with her morphing powers that’s not a problem in the slightest.
This is a fantastic comic, and my favourite of the week. If you’re a Marvel Comics fan in general, or you simply want to support more diversity in mainstream comics, you should be picking this up if you aren’t already.