After a fun 2-part story with Kamala Khan meeting one of her favourite heroes, Wolverine, she gets in touch with her inhuman roots for the first time. Meet Lockjaw, the giant teleporting dog. We don’t yet know why they’ve met (those answers are promised for the next issue), but they get along pretty much right away. The story in this issue moves along quite a bit, yet G. Willow Wilson still leaves room for small developments in both Kamala’s home life and her school life. It turns out that being a superhero is harming her ability to keep up on school work and relate to some of her friends, and her parents aren’t exactly thrilled about having a giant dog around the house. It really helps ground the character, making her more relatable.
Along with every other issue of Ms. Marvel so far, this is just delightful. There’s a great sense of fun in both the story and the dialogue. It’s a great touch to have Kamala speak various comic book sounds in her regular dialogue, such as saying “bamf” instead of “teleport”, or “bizzaro” instead of “weird”. It’s her geeky nature that makes her relatable to pretty much any comic fan. Of course, most geeks would probably be afraid of a dog as big as Lockjaw racing down the sidewalk.
The art by Adrian Alphona is just as delightful, with a fun style that matches the writing perfectly. Kamala’s glee when meeting Lockjaw is priceless and the perfect way to open the issue. The way her powers are drawn is consistently fun. There’s one panel in particular where Kamala “embiggens” and flattens her head for a head-butt attack, only to appear slightly dazed afterward while saying “okay, oww”. Whenever she uses her morphing powers, her skin or outfit glow for a moment. There are also little things to notice in the environment, some of which actually come into play later. On Kamala’s desk at home, there’s some sort of Science text book with “face” on the title, or the magazine with the article titled “generation dumb?” Ralph’s wedding cake boxes lie in the trash, and one of the students in the school wears a funny shirt about cats. Even the giant fighting robot gets in on the fun with the “free Wi-Fi” logo.
Do I even need to say anything else? This comic is delightful, along with the rest of this series so far. It’s no wonder Ms. Marvel was recently announced as Marvel’s top digital seller, and it deserves it. Just check this title out if you haven’t already.