Title: Ms Marvel #3
Writer: G. Willow Wilson
Pencils: Adrian Alphona
Publisher: Marvel Comics
This week saw the release of the latest issue of Ms Marvel, which is quickly moving its way to the top of my favorite monthly titles. Our story picks up with protagonist Kamala Khan continuing to struggle to control her new powers, all while trying to figure what they mean for her and her role in the world. All of this, of course, has to be balanced with the problems that any 16 year old girl would have, including going to school, being grounded, and dealing with her friends.
So as she continues to adapt to these changes, we enter a transition stage in the origin story between her moment of transformation and the realization of her heroic identity. Which is to say that this the “breather” issue as Kamala transitions to her life of crime fighting. Unfortunately, this means that this issue doesn’t do much to advance the overall plot.
The bad news stops there, though, because the quirky charm and affable characters that make this comic such a fun read are still very much intact. With the main cast firmly established, Wilson continues to add nuance; we learn, for instance, about Bruno and his family troubles, as well as get a peak at his scientific acumen. Kamala herself, meanwhile, continues to endear herself to the readers, what with her Freudian transformations and whatnot (I especially love how her first instinct for learning about her powers was to google them). From an art standpoint, Alphona continues to deliver strong work. The energy and stylized line work are a great fit for this title, as he manages to make Kamala attending her mosque as much fun to watch as her powers test in her school locker room.
All told, this book continues to impress in its early stages. This particular issue doesn’t build as much momentum as the previous two, but continues to leave me with a strong anticipation for more, an anticipation that has as much to do with the book’s quality as it does with the cliffhanger ending. If you haven’t been checking out this book, you really need to start, and start now while it’s still early. You won’t be disappointed.