Writer: G. Willow Wilson
Artist: Adrian Alphona
The new issue of Ms Marvel, one of my favourite series at the ol’ House of Ideas, is coming to a close thanks to none other than the universe shattering, but still brilliant, Secret Wars.
In this new issue, Kamala Khan undergoes stress from boys and her family, as usual, but also because, well, the world is ending. Series writer G Willow Wilson is finishing the series in a wonderful fashion. She has always given every character a distinct voice, which works so well here as they continue to stress out Kamala. The book starts out with Kamala at a hotdog stand as if it were a bar. Absolutely hilarious. That’s another thing, the subtle humour in this books always kills me, in both the writing and the art (which I’ll get to later). Some of the lines in this book made me laugh out loud when I read them. Yet, even with the humor this new issue manages to stress you out so much, with the looming incursion in the sky, and the reappearance of Kamala’s fellow Inhuman former love interest Kamran. This book brings the laughs and the “feels” (I am using this word ironically), big time. Best of all, this doesn’t feel like some cash-in on Secret Wars, it feels like a natural continuation of Ms Marvel. Not to mention, there was a special guest appearance that made me squeal. If G Willow Wilson doesn’t continue writing Ms Marvel after Secret Wars, I may have to drop it.
As for the art, Adrian Alphona does an amazing job. After Taking a break for a few issues, he returns to finish the story he helped begin. In my opinion, Alphona is the best artist the book. As I said earlier, the little visual jokes he throws into some of the panels are absolutely hilarious, but I won’t give them away here. Not only that, but his style is so clean, yet just erratic enough to look simply wonderful. Other artists like Jake Wyatt, whose art I adore, did a solid job, but Alphona’s art is just perfect for this book. I can’t wait to see what he does with this book if he returns after Secret Wars, but I would also be really excited to see what other artists do with Kamala.
As a longtime Ms Marvel fan, this new issue throws her into the mix of Secret Wars without feeling forced. I’m so excited to see where this character goes after Secret Wars, and this new issue reminded me why I love this character, and this comic, so much.