Every issue of Ms. Marvel so far is at least fun. It’s a character focused series featuring quite possibly the most relatable character in comics right now. That said, the last few issues haven’t spent much time exploring her family. With today’s issue, they’re featured almost as much as Kamala is – and that somehow goes for both of her families.
Ms. Marvel 13 starts off with a brief training session in New Attilan’s version of the danger room to touch on her Inhuman family. The rest of the issue deals with her biological family meeting up with old friends, and introduces Kamala’s advertised crush, Kamran. G. Willow Wilson blends amusing dialogue and dramatic moments between Kamala and her family, most notably her brother, Aamir. Without getting preachy, it delves into some of the more conservative ways of the Muslim faith while showing that Kamala is influenced by American culture. It’s this balance that makes her such a compelling character. The issue’s main fight scene involves an Inhuman anarchist, blending Kamala’s two families together and culminating with a final page reveal that could affect the series in fascinating ways.
The art by Takeshi Miyazawa is great. His style is similar to Adrain Alphona’s, but it still feels unique in its own right. Kamala’s “Eye of the Tiger” t-shirt during her training sequence perfectly represents her geeky personality, and the look of panic when the “danger room” sets itself to legendary mode is priceless. Equally good is the body language, especially when Aamir’s insists to keep them from getting too close, which frustrates Kamala and annoys Kamran. The fight scene flows smooth and makes both Ms. Marvel and the anarchist’s powers visually interesting.
Ms. Marvel continues to be a great series, and this is a good jumping on point for anyone who hasn’t read it yet. Kamala’s adventures are tonally similar to Spider-Man’s early days, yet she stands strong as her own character. If you read superhero comics and haven’t tried this series out yet, you should.