Ms. Marvel #1
Writer – G. Willow Wilson // Artist – Adrian Alphona
Marvel’s “All-New Marvel Now” initiative rolls on and with it comes an all new #1 by the name of Ms. Marvel. It’s not the Ms. Marvel you may know and love though as Carol Danvers is nowhere to be found.
Wilson introduces us to a young Muslim-American by the name of Kamala Khan, the book gives us an insight into her daily struggles regarding her chosen religion as she seeks acceptance from both her parents and school colleagues. The original Ms. Marvel came upon her powers due to being caught in an explosion of a Kree device known as the Psyche-Magnetron, for those of you who don’t know the Kree are an alien race. Our new heroine fortunately is not trapped in an explosion; she is however (massive spoiler) discovered to be an Inhuman as a Terrigen Mist drifts through Jersey City. This will not be too surprising for anyone that has been following Marvel’s comics, if you have no understanding of what Inhumans are or what the Terrigen Mist is you should really catch up on Marvels latest event Infinity.
It’s not only the protagonist’s background that has me interested, Wilson is very talented with her dialogue, and the way everyone interacts with each other feels very fluid.
The art on display is by Adrian Alphona and surprisingly I find it very pleasing to the eye, I say surprised as I did not enjoy his art in Uncanny X-Force (Volume 2). This could very well be due to the colourist Ian Herring; his subdued offerings seem to make Alphona’s artistry abundantly more expressive.
Writer – Al Ewing // //Artist – Valerio Schiti
Mighty Avengers still seems to be finding its footing,as its roster also doesn’t seem so clear cut as of yet. So far we have seen the likes of Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Superior Spider-Man, She-Hulk, Falcon, Iron Fist, Power Man, White Tiger, Spectrum, Blue Marvel and Spider Hero/Ronin who nobody knows the true identity of. It’s an extremely varied group of superheroes; Ewing is going to have his hands full with letting their individual personalities reach out and giving them all time to shine. The diverse range of characters is what has pulled me towards this book.
This is the first book of Al Ewing’s I have read and I am enjoying his writing style and how he presents his character moments. Many of these characters I personally don’t know very well and so it was quite delightful taking in the conversations between Jessica Jones, Blue Marvel and Luke Cage. Blue Marvel is ex-military turn scientist generally pent up in his lab, whilst Jessica and Luke are two loving parents with a child to look after. Jessica seeks parenting advice from Blue Marvel and Luke is figuring out how to run a team without being the first to the battlefield.
Besides the many character moments in the book Ewing is setting up the next story arc with an old enemy of Luke Cage. Throughout the issue the story cuts to a man known as Kenny Driscoll, an assailant running scared as he is followed by pigeons. Why is he fleeing from these feathered friends? You’ll have to read the book to find out.
With reference to the art of the book, first of all I want to say I am very happy that Greg Land is not on this issue. Welcome aboard Vaerio Schiti, I hope you enjoy your stay and I hope it’s a lasting one. His style absolutely pops in the full page spread towards the end squeezing in as much detail as possible; this isn’t only in the full page spread but in every panel throughout the book. My only complaint would be the shadowing of the characters but I feel this is more a result of the colourist Frank D’Armata, that’s not to say his efforts are poor. D’Armata fits well with Schiti’s artistry; I just feel that Schiti needs to define his own shading within the scenes.
If you are looking for a character driven book that respects the importance of family this is the book you should check out.
And if you are interested in anything else on my pull list, check out the following;
All New Invaders #2
Black Widow #3
Captain America #16.now
Mighty Avengers #6
Ms Marvel #1
New Avengers #14
Forever Evil #5
Forever Evil Arkham War #5
Green Lantern Red Lanterns #28
Swamp Thing #28
Apocalypse Al #1