Captain Marvel #6 and Ms. Marvel #7 (Comics Review)
Being on holiday the last week of July and the first week of August meant that I missed out on quite a few comics and that even the next week after that was mostly trying to stay ahead of all the great comics coming out, which didn’t work out as well as I wanted it to since I missed some pretty big comics, such as last week’s Captain Marvel #6. With Captain Marvel being one of my favourite new books from Marvel, that had to be corrected soon as I realized my oversight and since Ms. Marvel #7 came out this week, I thought it would be fun to do a joint review for these two titles, which are linked together in far too many ways to count.
Captain Marvel #6 brings to a successful close the first arc of Kelly Sue DeConnick’s rebooted Captain Marvel. Last we were with Carol Danvers, she had decided to take on Json’s invasion fleet single-handed. She proved her heroism in that moment, and Kelly Sue set the stage for a really emotional and heroic ending. This time, we see how all of that plays out and how Carol does end up beating J’son at his own game. And the artwork is pretty good too, in keeping with the rest of the series.
Ms. Marvel #7 on the other hand is all about continuing the team-up of Kamala Khan and Wolverine as the two of them taken on The Inventor and his crazy meta-alligators. Wolverine was the first special guest-star on the series in the previous issue, in the flesh that is, and the pairing was a great idea because as Wilson said in an interview, Wolverine struggles without his healing factor while Kamala has it. In this issue, we see their pairing come to an end for the moment, though there are more avenues open now, with a great ending and the artwork by Jacob Wyatt and Ian Herring is even more gorgeous than before, though the final three pages are not so good.
Reading through this issue, I have a bit of trouble believing that this really is a Kelly Sue-penned Captain Marvel story, given that I didn’t like her first arc on teh Carol-led Captain Marvel when it launched in Marvel NOW! back in 2012. The differences are enormous because this time Kelly Sue hasn’t gone for a “dream” story, but has written one that is about minority empowerment, about heroism against great odds, and featured tons of great action scenes that eventually see one of the most powerful men in the galaxy humbled.
I mean seriously, if Peter Quill aka Star-Lord was there on Torfa alongside Carol Danvers, he’d be laughing his ass off about how well Carol manages to outwit J’son with the help of the refugees of Torfa and their leaders. That’s what I really loved about this issue because Kelly Sue allowed almost her entire cast to shine through in this issue. Sure, Carol was the star here as usual, deservedly so, but the writer let the other characters all have their day in the sun as well.
And then, Kelly Sue ends the issue on a great note, firmly closing down the Torfa story arc and showing that the writer’s preferred tone for this series has always been a bit of light-hearted fun amongst the grim realities of a galaxy recovering from war. Excellent work here by Kelly Sue, and she has definitely made me a huge Carol fan.
David Lopez and Lee Loughridge continue their excellent run on the series with this issue, and pretty much the entire issue featured some really outstanding work. The problems of the first couple issues are now in the past and the art team has put its best foot forward now. The expressions-work, the character-work, the interplay of colour palettes, the sheer scale and awesomeness of the action scenes, it was all superb.
Towards the end of the last issue, Kamala and Wolverine had run into one of the Inventor’s giant alligators and they were in a bit of a tough spot. In this issue, we see how the duo get themselves out of that mess and even how they relate to each other, one a superhero for decades and the other with an experience that stretches only a few days, a handful of weeks at best.
Throughout her run until now, G. Willow Wilson has focused incredibly on fleshing out Kamala as a character, to show us what makes her tick, what kind of a person she is, what her beliefs are, how her heritage reflects on her new role and so on. For me, all of it culminates in this issue once the two heroes start talking about themselves, Kamala more so, and we learn just what kind of a relationship the two of them could have. Best of all, there are ample references from previous comics thrown in, tying them all together into a single tapestry.
As a new hero, Kamala needs some sort of a mentor and for this issue and the previous one, that hero is Wolverine, and Kamala keeps having her fangirl moments. I mean, I just loved the simplicity of it all, one with a small hint of complexity and laying down the seeds for future issues. And best of all, the final three pages of this issue are the best of all, featuring three characters we have not seen in this series up until now, one of whom I really did expect to see at some point actually. What it all holds for Kamala as she continues along her path of learning and developing herself as a hero, I am not sure, but things just got helluva exciting, and this really is the best thing to be reading right now if you are into teenage superheroes!
This arc saw series regular Adrian Alphona switched out for Jacob Wyatt and while i liked his artwork in the last issue, I did have a few small issues with it. In this issue, he is much better with his pencils and all, creating a much better experience for the reader. And Ian Herring as always is just too masterful. Genius more like. Ian’s colours are among the many reasons why I am so much in love with this series. However, the final three pages were not to my liking because the pencils were far too simplistic and could have definitely used a bit more inking as well, I think.
Still, a damn good issue by far!
Posted on August 23, 2014, in Comics Reviews, Review Central and tagged Action, Action-Adventure, Adrian Alphona, Alien Empires, Aliens, All-New Marvel NOW!, Avengers, Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers, Comics, Comics Review, David Lopez, Drax the Destroyer, Female Superheroes, Female-Led Comics, G. Willow Wilson, Gamora, Groot, Guardians of the Galaxy, Ian Herring, Infinity, Inhumanity, Inhumans, J'Son, Jacob Wyatt, Kamala Khan, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Lee Loughridge, Marvel, Marvel Comics, Marvel Cosmic, Marvel Now, Ms. Marvel, Mutants, Peter Quill, Review, Review Central, Rocket Raccoon, Sana Amanat, Science Fiction, SHIELD, Space Opera, Spartax, Star Lord, Superheroes, Supervillains, SWORD, Teenage Superheroes, The Builders, The Inventor, VC's Joe Caramagna, Vibranium, Wolverine, X-Men. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.