22 PAGE REVIEW: "MS MARVEL #1"

By: G. Willow Wilson (Writer), Adrian Alphona (Artist), Ian Herring (Colorist), VC's Joe Caramagna (Letterer) 

Cover by: Sara Pichelli and Justin Ponsor

Variant Covers by: Arthur Adams, Peter Steigerwald and Jamie McKelvie

Story: During the ongoing "Inhumanity" event, a new hero rises to take up the discarded mantle of Ms. Marvel. All while dealing with school, and her very religious family. 

Review: Over the years, Carol Danvers has had many aliases. Warbird, Binary, Ms. Marvel, and most recently, Captain Marvel. With the Ms. Marvel name out of use, the only logical thing to do, is to introduce a new character to take up the name, as well as the "classic, politically incorrect costume" and "giant wedge heels". Enter Kamala Khan, a typical 16 year old girl from Jersey City. Well, typical other than her strict Muslim upbringing. A girl trying her damnedest to fit in, in a world that doesn't seem to want to accept her.

The comic, begins with a very simple introduction to the character, revealing in just a few short panels some of the social problems she is facing, without outright hitting you in the face with it. And it manages to do so with the magical power of Bacon! 

The story offers up a nice slice of Kamala's life, showing how she is perceived by her peers, introducing the reader to the religious nature of her family, and the stigma that provides. It makes one sympathize with the character, and actually enjoy reading a story that has almost zero action. At this point in time, the side characters are slightly two-dimensional (which is to be expected at this point in the story.) Meanwhile Kamala is coming off as a dynamic character, trying to find a balance between her family's faith, and her society's pressures.

Things get really trippy when the Terrigen Mists overtake Kamala, and she hallucinates several of the Avengers reciting a poem by Amir Khusro. Seriously, it's pretty weird.

The art is fun, and light. In some places it does seem dead set on reinforcing Muslim stereotypes, but this isn't unexpected, nor does it come off as being without a purpose. To introduce the number of characters that they have introduced in this issue, it is sometimes necessary to offer up a simple portrayal, to get the point across quickly. I imagine that over the course of a few issues, what came off as a bit of stereotyping, will flesh itself out well. The art fits the story perfectly, and in the end that is the most important thing.

Final Thoughts: When all is said and done, this is a fun comic, and I look forward to seeing how this 5 part first arc plays out. Hopefully I will be revisiting this title at the end of the first arc, with my final thoughts on the direction this title is taking.

22 Page Grade: B+