Saturday, March 22, 2014

Ms. Marvel #2

   It's always nice when a comic surprises you.

   I wasn't expecting much from the new Ms. Marvel - it seemed to be trying hard to get news headlines (Zap! Zowie! This super-gal is a Muslim!) - but is it a good comic?

   So far, the answer is "Yes."

   Part of that is because of the mystery behind the title character. Kamala Khan is a 16-year-old girl who is exposed to the Terrigen Mist that's covered the world (see Inhumanity) and somehow she develops super powers (though we don't know if it's because she has a secret Inhuman background - or if there's another reason entirely).

   Her powers, which she can barely control, allow her to somehow create a costume - so she imitates the outfit worn by her favorite hero, Ms. Marvel, using that hero's second (blue/black and gold) outfit - but her powers are very different from the original heroine.

   But the super-heroics take a back seat to Kamala's personal story, as she must deal with protective parents and friends who find themselves in trouble.

   I like the characters, I like the story by G. Willow Wilson, and I like the unique art by Adrian Alphona - it's not typical superhero art, but it's a good mix between the fantastic and the real world.

   There are three more chapters to go in this origin story, but so far, I'm enjoying it a lot more than I ever thought I would.

   You can't judge a book and all that.

Grade: A-


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