Comic book reviews for Ms. Marvel #10, Ms. Marvel #11, and Ms. Marvel #12 by G. Willow Wilson, Takeshi Miyazawa, Mirka Andolfo, and Adrian Alphona
Average rating: 5/5 stars
Ms. Marvel #10 by G. Willow Wilson
Art: Takeshi Miyazawa and Adrian Alphona
This issue made me cry. Little Kamala with her winged sloth and her family’s bracelets! Little Bruno who’s smelly and Kamala’s mom making her be friends with him.
And then knowing that Bruno might die in the main continuity. Tearing my heart out. I did tear up a little bit.
Oh, Kamala dealing with almost getting her best friend killed and disappointing her mentor, if she shuts down the program. Wilson did a great job with showing Becky turning against Kamala and the fascist youth justification of these actions. Especially how Becky wants to make a power grab. It’s always about power.
(Though seriously, who thought it would be a good idea to only have underage youth manage this temporary prison? Not that adults don’t get just as power hungry, if not more.)
Hijinx and his Canadian ninjas will never not be funny. That hat! But it’s rather practical in Jersey City in the winter.
Ms. Marvel #11 by G. Willow Wilson
Art: Takeshi Miyazawa and Adrian Alphona
This book continues to make me have all the feels. But seriously, if any creators out there are looking for notes on how to include your superhero in a big event when writing for the big two, especially Marvel, they should look no further than what Wilson did here. Rarely do crossover books get four stars from me, much less five, since I’ve given up ever reading the main event book.
Damn, the emotions of the scene with Bruno and Kamala’s mom Disha. I loved that Bruno is so much part of their family that Disha only casually questions why Bruno was in her room, like he’s her son, not a friend. I love how we can see Disha putting together everything that’s happening to Kamala and what led her to the realization that Kamala is Ms. Marvel.
I did keep expecting to see Kamala use the bengal armor through. With the great emphasis put on it during these past two issues. I wanted to see what she kept in it. Or at least have her defend herself with it against Becky’s shots.
No one is sad about Becky. Carol’s military training definitely shows well in these scene. She expected Kamala to be able to handle Becky entirely. Part of me thinks that she only let Becky be arrested as punishment for Kamala.
Now I really want gyros and fries. Yes, not all life problems can be solved by them. But damn, I’m hungry.
The scenes with Bruno were just jarring. The hospital and Bruno’s struggle were realistic. Especially in how Kamala cannot save him in this situation. He’s right that there’s nothing she can do. Even if she caused this mess and his injuries.
Ms. Marvel #12 by G. Willow Wilson
Art: Mirka Andolfo
Wilson has just been hitting this book out the park. I’m seriously impressed with the last several issues, and this is A+ all around. Even if Kamala and Bruno’s friendship falling apart tears my heart in two. (I do want to know where’s Mike and how does she feels about Bruno going to Wakanda. But I suppose this book is from Kamala’s point-of-view, and Mike’s loyalties to lie with Bruno, not Kamala.)
Oh, Kamala in her Naani’s house. Just like every grandma’s house should be: always your home away from home, even if you haven’t visited in a very long time. Plus, being overwhelmed by all the family. The touches of cultural differences were great, especially to highlight first generation Americans and assumptions about cultural knowledge. You still have to learn things and adjust to them.
I definitely related to Kamala’s inability to relax on vacations.
Kamala’s improvised costume was excellent. I loved that she didn’t bring her Ms. Marvel costume on purpose, but how she put together one from what she had that evoked everything about her official one. It was nice to see this as a revelation around using the Ms. Marvel name and accompanying symbols.
Kareen was cute. And I can’t imagine who the Red Dagger is! Nice keeping in line with silliness of superheroes’ secret identities when they’re in costumes that don’t actually hide their identities.
I enjoyed how what the Red Dagger said to Ms. Marvel about not understanding the complexities of the situation because she doesn’t live in that community immediately caused Ms. Marvel to understand how she feels the same about Jersey City. It was another nice fish-out-of-water touch.
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