Writer: Mark Waid / Artist: Humberto Ramos / Marvel Comics
Art imitates life heavy as we watch the Champions rescuing folks from an arson attack on a mosque. Shit gets complex when the police chief is not letting firefighters go, and instead of waiting it out since the situation looks too far gone. You already know the squad lookin’ at dude like, where they do that shit at? Gwen-pool appears and “helps” in her own way; Gwen-pool thinks the town is showing its ass at people of color due to a villain messing with the community.
Kamala is quick to dead that shit by letting her know there isn’t always some villain to explain people getting in line for that bigot buffet and going back for another helping of racism. That’s the main running theme this issue, which I really appreciated. The Champions were trying to figure a way to get the police chief to justice, but they get hit with red tape and dead ends despite the evidence. They also get hit with a lack of faith in the people to see through the chief’s facade.
I’m with Waid for the angle he took with this story. This could have easily been a throwaway Gwen-pool crossover, but instead we get a problem the team can’t punch their way out of. Ramos continues to give us the art we deserve whether it be in an action sequence or the gang just hanging with one another. The Champions are truly coming together as a team with each passing issue. This series continues to be the mouth piece for the teen legacy youth in Marvel and I’m here for it.
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