So the news is that Ms. Marvel 1 is going for its seventh printing. That virtually never happens these days, and that’s not to mention this series is among Marvel’s top digital sellers. This news is simply fantastic, and it couldn’t have happened to a better series about a new character. Also, it’s been announced that Ms. Marvel writer G. Willow Wilson is writing an arc on the all-female X-men team. Sold! In the meantime, let’s talk about Ms. Marvel 9.
The last issue ended with a giant robot attacking Kamala Khan’s school, and for some reason, she couldn’t shapeshift anymore. This issue kicks off immediately after, with a giant robot fight scene. She wins, but is greatly strained by the effort. That’s when Medusa warps in with Lockjaw, and when Ms. Marvel finally meets the Inhumans and learns of her power’s origin.
Most of the remaining pages expand on the story. Kamala learns that her powers have limitations she wasn’t aware of, and that she won’t even heal properly if she strains herself too much. The attack on the school also opens the comic up for several dramatic scenes. Her parents show great concern for her when they can’t find her at the school. It highlights the difference between her mother and father’s parenting style and how they deal with extreme stress.
Her life has grown more complicated, with two families to deal with instead of just one, not to mention the Inventor sending giant robots after her and school to deal with. To balance it out, this comic keeps the generally light tone with delightfully geeky dialogue. When she learns of her powers limitations, she of course references a class in an online game being nerfed. Her geeky personality makes her relatable to pretty much anyone who would read this comic. It’s part of what makes this series such a joy to read. It’s also great to see her using her brain a bit more in both of this issue’s fight scenes, whether it’s using her environment when her powers stop working or figuring her way out of a trap. The ending also brings about a surprise twist which could lead to a compelling lesson for her in the next issue.
The art by Adrian Alphona is great as always. It remains visually pleasing to see her body glow whenever she uses her morphing powers. There’s plenty of detail in the robot fight scene, including debris from the damaged school, dust flying all over the place to obscure Ms. Marvel from the crowd and even scattered Easter Eggs in the background. The robot has a “free Wi-Fi” log on its top, and when Kamala picks up a piece of wall, there’s a map of North America pasted onto it. When Kamala and a friend are staking out one of the Inventor’s hideouts, they have takeout bags from a restaurant named Ol’ Mc Donald. If I have one complaint, there’s one panel where it appears that two cop cars have somehow conjoined into one. Otherwise though, the art is flawless and charming.
This series is simply delightful, and if you read Marvel in general, you should give it a chance. End review.