Writer: G. Willow Wilson / Artist: Takeshi Miyazawa / Marvel Comics
Last month, I promised you we’d learn more about Ms. Marvel’s stalker. This month, we do…sort of. Things we know from this issue: 1) High school is hell, filled with gossip, rumor, and indiscretion. But if you didn’t already know that, it is only because you haven’t finished high school. 2) members of Kamala’s class are having their personal information from their phones shared against their will. 3) this is being done via a virus, Doc.X, which has a troll’s face as an avatar (Wilson is so on the money with this shit, it hurts.).
And if we know nothing about Ms. Marvel, it is that she fights crimes for humanity, but also for herself and her friends. This comic continues to be driven by Kamala’s affection for the people around her, people she wants to please and protect. It is all deeply genuine and is part of what makes the comic a joy to read.
Ms. Marvel tracks the Troll back to a computer in an portable office on the grounds of a luxury condo building site (remember way back in #1 in November 2015, when the whole thing starts with gentrification and the luxury condos?)
We don’t forget shit. Anyway, that’s where the Ms. corners the person she thinks in the Troll, but what happens after that is… well, nothing is what it seems. That’s the magic of a troll. You corner it and another one pops up and starts spouting off nonsense. So what’s to be done now? What does the Troll want? How does Kamala get out of his clutches and keep her public, private, and secret lives from crashing into one another? Does Nakia still have a girlfriend? Will Mike and Bruno make the long distance thing work out? What is going on?
This issue is short on action, and answers, but this is only part 2 of 4, there’s so much more to come.
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