Advent Review #21: Ms. Marvel #10 (Comics Review)

As the year closes out, you look back at all the new books from Marvel that have come out this year and you realize that in all of them, there’s one that stands above the rest: Ms. Marvel, starring Kamala Khan, an entirely new heroine created by G. Willow Wilson and Ian Herring who has gone on to create a buzz unlike any other. The fact that the title has been incredibly consistent all year is nothing short of amazing of course, and in recent months we’ve seen the creators step up the intensity on the title in a really big way as they delve more and more into who really is Kamala Khan and what kind of a hero she can be.

With her powers on the fritz recently, it was a tough job for Kamala to fight through all the challenges that presented themselves, not the least of which was discovering her true heritage as an Inhuman, which brought her into the wheelhouse of the Inhuman series and moving on after that, we see that she is not yet done with her arch-enemy, the Inventor. In the new issue, we see Kamala truly become a leader of her generation and confront the Inventor in a way she hasn’t before, just before the villain drops a bomb on her, figuratively of course.

In the new issue, she is confronted by the very people she came to save, only to find out that in a weird way they actually want to be there, to be used by the Inventor to make the world a better place. Or something like that. This story definitely has some real life references in that we are so inured and accepting of whatever we are told by the people in power that we just accept it as a truth and move on. Too many such examples to list of course, but I like how the writer managed to do a subtle real-life commentary like that. And of course, we had Kamala step up to the challenge and tell her new friends that they were flat-out wrong and why.

To have a young superhero like Kamala become a leader of her generation, in more ways than one, is something almost… novel. You look at the many comics that come out from either DC or Marvel, the young superhero cross-section, and tell me what you see. Do you see any characters who act as leaders to the Generation Y? They are all too caught up in their own lives, fighting their various battles with themselves, with their friends, with their enemies, to have time for anything else.

That’s where Kamala shines of course. She is completely new to this superhero business. She has grown up reading and following the adventures of the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, and the many other superhero teams and individuals. She is a fan first and foremost, a superhero second. And that gives her a very different perspective that G. Willow Wilson has been teasing out in the series to date. And it all comes to a head in this issue, when Kamala asks her friends to take responsibility and act like the leaders of tomorrow. Fantastic stuff that.

In the end, there’s a big showdown with the Inventor, which served to cement my liking for the character. At first, when he was introduced, he came across as something of a total joke, but slowly he has become a true villainous threat and this issue that is all laid bare. This guy is seriously evil, seriously villainous, and serious creepy, all in one.

Adrian Alphone is the artist on this issue, with Ian Herring on the colours, VC’s Joe Caramagna on the letters and Kris Anka on the cover, which is a small departure from the usual since Jamie McKelvie and Matthew Wilson have done the covers to date. And Kris does a damn good job of it too, I’ll admit. It is a nice, dynamic cover. I love it. The internal art itself, it is pretty much the same kind of awesome that it has been under Adrian to date. A lot of it happens with the characters just talking to each other, but Adrian goes big on the backgrounds and peppers them with tons of details so that they don’t look boring. And the Inventor himself is superb this time around, especially the final page with the big, big reveal.

A strong end to the title’s first calendar year!

Rating: 9.5/10

More Ms. Marvel: #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7, #8, #9.

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Posted on December 22, 2014, in Comics Reviews, Review Central and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

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