Writer: G. Willow Wilson
Artist: Adrian Alphona
Colour Artist: Ian Herring
Letterer: VC’S Joe Caramagna
To preface this post, I’m not a huge fan of superhero comics, so my thoughts on this subject are limited. I have read only a few other superhero comics in the past but only on a whim. Unsurprisingly, this means that I did not know the backstory of the character Ms. Marvel. I did not even know what powers she had and if she even had any.
I don’t really enjoy this type of art as much, which put me off superhero comics.
This is the newest iteration of the Ms Marvel series. Kamala Khan is the sixteen year old in the main role. In the first volume, we see her gain her powers, watch her learn to control them and see what she decides to do with those powers. We also see how the acquisition of those powers affect the way she views her relationship with her family, friends, people who are not her friends, and herself.
I liked seeing how a Muslim Pakistani-American family might go about their day to day. We can see snippets of their culture through what kind of food they eat or don’t eat, their places of worship, their family dynamics and other traditions. All this still in the context of an immigrant family in America. While I don’t get the context of the location as much as most Americans will, such as the appeal of teenage parties involving alcohol, young people and young people drinking alcohol, I still appreciate the story and I do not think it diminishes my enjoyment in any way.
I’m excited to continue on with this story because it is about a girl who is around my age and who has been thrust into a weird situation. She does not really know what she’s doing or what she wants to do and that’s okay.
The character, as I understand from one small scene, is also an artist, which is cool. I just find it quite funny that lots of fictional characters enjoy reading, writing, drawing and other creative things. 🙂
Moving on to the art of the comic. TLDR: I love it!
I’m a big fan of the art, line and colour of the whole volume. The lines were not too heavy and stylised like some comic books. I personally don’t enjoy that type of style as it’s too dramatic for my eyes. The colour is also muted, taking on different hues at different times for different purposes. While there are instances of bright colours, it’s used more selectively so it does not become “too much”. This is just my opinion because I’m not an “art expert”, it’s just what I like.
Here is a page sample, you can see the slightly more muted colours that I mentioned.
Also, a big thumbs up for all the funny details in the background and all the detail on clothing, walls, store facades. It really makes the story that much more immersive.
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