Sunday, January 15, 2017

Ms. Marvel #14 Review and *SPOILERS* - Marvel Monday

Always Watching

Written By: G. Willow Wilson
Art By: Takeshi Miyazawa, Ian Herring
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 11, 2016
Publisher: Marvel

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Ms. Marvel took a bit of a break as it released an issue dealing with the election nearly a month after the election took place. That said, this book has been something special for quite some time now and it looks like we are finally going to begin a new story arc. Kamala spent some time in Pakistan visiting her family there and she has to deal with the effects of Civil War II in which she turned away from her mentor and her best friend was hurt and had to leave in order to heal and he blamed Kamala for the accident. There is a lot that is happening with this character right now and I can’t wait to see what this issue has in store for us. So let’s stop talking about it and just jump right in.

Our story begins with a fantasy world and we meet up with a party of heroes. It becomes increasingly obvious that this is an online fantasy game similar to something like World of Warcraft. The party argues for a moment about how they should attack the boss but after a bit of arguing they choose to finally attack. There is an epic yet brief fight scene and the guild collects their loot before they choose to call it a night. They all begin to log off when one member drops a mention of Grove Street before logging out. Grove Street is where Kamala lives and we cut to our main character who is freaking out after logging out of her game.

Kamala is consoled by her mother but Kamala doesn’t tell her exactly the issue. This is where we get a sense of Kamala’s state of mind as her situation with Bruno and Captain Marvel is still weighing heavily on her. Kamala begins working to find her stalker but clearly isn’t the computer wiz that she believes that she is as she gets nowhere until 2 in the morning. However, she finds the location of her guild members and suits up to confront him. Ms. Marvel goes over to New York and finds his apartment. She bursts in and asks him if he is currently stalking one of his guild-mates. The young boy tells her that his account has been down recently because of a computer error and he is attempting to fix it. This leads Kamala to conclude that someone has taken over his account.

Kamala leaves down the street until suddenly the street that she is on begins to lose its lights. Suddenly a car on the street’s lights turn on and it hits the gas hurtling toward Kamala. She dodges the first pass but when it comes at her a second time, Kamala grows in size and uses her strength to destroy the car. She opens the car to find that it is not being driven by anyone. This is when a nearby construction machine attacks her, its claw slamming into the ground as Kamala dodges. Kamala finds her way to the machine’s driver seat and rips out the controls, stopping the machine. Kamala calls out for her enemy to show themselves but nothing happens. Kamala runs to a local circle mart that she and Bruno used to go to. When she gets in though, the screens suddenly show the face of the orc from earlier and it repeats the phrase “Hello, Kamala Khan.” This is where the issue leaves us.

This issue sees a return to form for this book. Now while I absolutely adore the art done in the last two issues from Mirka Andolfo, it is exciting to see Takeshi Miyazawa return to the book. This issue is really setting up the new story mostly but it is filled with set up for the coming arc but it does so by including amazing action and entertaining dialogue. Few can make a set up issue as exciting as G. Willow Wilson can and this comic doesn’t disappoint. We have a clear goal, awesome action, and a wonderful cliffhanger. I’m ready to dive into this story and I cannot wait for the next issue to come out now.

Bits and Pieces

Ms. Marvel has returned to form as we get an amazing set up issue for the next story arc. It is filled with awesome action, entertaining dialogue, and leaves us with an amazing cliffhanger. The comic is able to hold on to the effects of the previous story arc and doesn’t ignore them. We can see how the affect Kamala and this comic has me excited to see where this issue goes.


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