Ms. Marvel 2 review

MSMARV2015002-DC11-a1ea4If I had any complaints about the previous volume of Ms. Marvel, it’s that it took a few issues to get moving. They were still good, and once the series started moving it didn’t slow down, but this new volume isn’t wasting too much time. The first issue introduced the Hope Yards Development organization, which is rebuilding New Jersey with a bunch of fancy new condo buildings, tearing apart old homes and independent stores in the process. Oh, and they’re using Ms. Marvel’s image to help advertise themselves, against her wishes.

G. Willow Wilson’s Ms. Marvel 2 begins sometime after the first issue, with Kamala breaking into one of their offices to investigate things. There is a lot of story development with Hope Yards, including a few creepy moments, the introduction of the project lead and a major reveal at the very end. This is all interesting, but that’s not all that’s good about this comic. We also explore more about how swamped Kamala is with everything that’s going on, and we spend a lot of time with Kamala’s family.

Kamala’s mother learned at the end of the previous volume that Kamala is Ms. Marvel, and in today’s issue, they share a brief conversation that shows her mother’s compassion and concern at the same time. As good as that is though, the scene with Kamala’s brother is better. While it sadly doesn’t touch on his transformation into an inhuman in the last volume, it does explore the differences between their attitudes toward life while showing that they care a lot about each other. It’s entertaining and dramatic at the same time, while also giving us this issue’s first creepy moment.

Takeshi Miyazawa’s art is great. It’s a deceptively simple look that captures the lighthearted spirit of the comic perfectly. Facial expressions do a great job at showing characters’ emotions, and there’s a great variety of people with different looks and body types in the backgrounds. There’s the occasional visual gag in the backgrounds as well, whether it’s the rodent moving around in Bruno’s room outside of its cage or this random man in a window who looks like Mario from Nintendo. The colouring by Ian Herring is also good. It’s simple, but colourful and appealing.

This is a fun comic, plain and simple. Kamala struggling to balance her superhero life and normal life really helps this feel like an early Spider-Man comic in the best ways, while still feeling like its own thing. Those who read Marvel and haven’t tried this series out yet really should.

9/10

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I am a relatively new comic book fan writing this blog for other new comic book fans and/or people who are interested in comics but don't know where to start. I've always been interested in writing, to the point where I have a college Creative Writing Certificate and I'm currently a year 2 Journalism student. I also have another blog where I mostly make fun of bad movies - www.healed1337.blogspot.com As for how I got into comics, I've always had a passing interest in superheroes: most notably Batman, Spider-man and the X-Men. Until February of 2011 (I think,) my only experience with any of these franchises came from the movies and video games. Shortly after I bought Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 however, I decided to check out X-23, Wolverine's female clone. I ended up reading her Innocence Lost origin story and enjoyed it. From there, I started reading various X-Men comics and it quickly exploded into my newest hobby. My other interests/hobbies include video games, movies, music, playing sports, my dogs and weird news.
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3 Responses to Ms. Marvel 2 review

  1. Pingback: Comics of December 16, 2015 | healed1337

  2. xmenxpert says:

    This is so good. Damned near perfect. Everything about it works. I love that pretty much her entire supporting cast gets at least one moment. And the art is really fun and expressive and great. This is such a fantastic comic.

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