Monday, September 5, 2016

Ms. Marvel #10 Review and *SPOILERS* - Marvel Monday

At This Point They Aren’t Even Hiding It

Written By: G. Willow Wilson
Art By: Takeshi Miyazawa, Adrian Alphona
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 31, 2016
Publisher: Marvel

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

I’ve sung the praises of Ms. Marvel for a long time. However, I’m going to be doing it again because I love this freaking book! Everything about it is just so amazing. It has an amazing amount of heart and the art is incredible. Every single month, I look forward to this book and it has quickly become one of my favorite books from not only Marvel, but just in general. By the time I got into comics, things had changed quite a bit from the original stories that I’ve seen in movies and television screens. So, when I picked up this book, it was like a breath of fresh air. It was the kind of book that lured me to comics that I just couldn’t seem to find. I cannot recommend this book enough and even in a crossover like Civil War II, it finds a way to shine. So how was issue 10? Let’s find out.

The story begins with a flashback once again. However, rather than focusing on Kamala’s ancestors it is focused on her parents and her directly. The flashback was to a time 9 years ago when Kamala is joining a new school. Turns out that this was the point in which Kamala meets her best friend Bruno. He had just been separated from his mother due to a drug problem and it seemed that his grandparents had fallen on hard times. Bruno seemed to smell badly because he hadn’t had the chance to wash in a while. Kamala’s parents decide to help him and Kamala, reluctantly, befriends him but quickly realizes that they have a lot more in common than she had originally thought.

Back in the present, Bruno is in the hospital after the explosion that occurred at the end of the last issue. He has some third degree burns and has been unconscious since the incident and so the nurse that Ms. Marvel talks to is reluctant to say whether or not he will be okay. Kamala rushes out of the hospital in tears and heads toward the waterfront where they had their make-shift prison. There she meets with her team which is still wearing the blatantly obvious fascist uniforms. I mean, they even have the arm band on. Might as well call them the Hitler Youth. Anyway, Kamala talks with them and attempts to shut the operation down.

Becky, the other leader of the team disagrees with this and suddenly is wearing some plasma armor. Kamala underestimates her at first but before long they start fighting for real with Ms. Marvel being the clear winner. However, the fight is broken up by a visit from Captain Marvel. The two talk and Kamala talks about how she doesn’t think this is working and that she has a responsibility to her city to make sure this doesn’t continue but Captain Marvel isn’t hearing it. She states how things are getting better and to have a successful example of preemptive justice being implemented is important for her to be in the right with this new superhero conflict. As both Ms. Marvel and Captain Marvel leave it becomes very clear that Becky has plans of her own to make a name for herself.

Stil conflicted about the situation, Kamala sets out to prove herself right. If she is able to prove that preemptive justice is flawed, then she can stop this. She starts by going to Hijinx’s neighborhood in order to talk to him. He grants her an audience and she tells him that she wants to plan a crime with him which grabs his attention. The comic then cuts away to the hospital once again where Kamala visits once again, this time out of her Ms. Marvel costume. Bruno’s family is there this time and they welcome her in. At this time Kamala pleads for Bruno to wake up and the tears run down here face when suddenly the monitor goes off and the nursing staff rushes in. Bruno’s pulse has weakened and they need to get him to the O.R. immediately. This is where the issue leaves us.

Once again, this book impresses me thoroughly. It just has the kind of heart that you want from a book. I can tell that the creative team is really passionate about this book, this character, and this story. The art is amazing and I was gripped by the story from beginning to end. I do think it’s a bit ridiculous that everyone trusts this group of kids when they are literally dressed like members of a police state and the fact that Captain Marvel just shows up randomly is a bit jarring. However, I’m still looking forward to the story continuing next month. I can’t wait and I love this book. I cannot recommend it enough.

Bits and Pieces

If you want a book that is written in the tradition of old comics while bringing it into the modern age, this is the book for you. It has so much heart and Kamala really feels like the perfect example of a new hero that will resonate with new readers. If the day comes where I’m poor and living on the street, hopefully I’ll still have enough cash every month to buy a copy of this book because I never want to stop reading it.


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