Writer: G. Willow Wilson / Artists: Marco Failla, Ian Herring / Marvel Comics
START OF THE ARC PEOPLE, GET ON BOARD!
If you like superhero comics that are youthful, accessible, poignant, and fun and you aren’t reading Ms. Marvel by now I don’t know what to do with you. I don’t have any more words to convince you. The only excuse I can accept is that you didn’t want to start in the middle of a story. Ok. Fine. Well here’s your chance. #19 is the top of the story arc, no excuses, no regrets.
Hands down, this comic continues to prove what can happen when a talented writer owns a book top to bottom and crafts a character with a dedicated team of artists. This is how good this artform can be.
The issue starts with the Khans preparing to celebrate Eid Al-Adha, the Muslim holiday that marks the end of the Hajj Pilgrimage to Mecca. So on top of setting the stage for an epic conflict, Wilson gives you 5 pages of inter-religious education! *fans self*. Also note that sister Tyesha continues to deliver hitting lines even while pregnant.
Upon returning home Kamala sees that the gentrification of her neighborhood has progressed. A new mayor has been selected via some shady backroom deals, putting the guy, Chuck Worthy, who was behind the Hope Yards drama (see Issue #1 of the current numbering) who was also a Hydra plant bee-tee-dubs, back in charge. And what’s the first thing Mayor Worthy does? He passes an executive order requiring the registration of all super heroes in Jersey City. (Civil War I much?)
Kamala’s too smart for these shenanigans and runs off to investigate, quickly meeting up with an old nemesis (Becky from Issue #9). Now you know it is getting real.
Then, while Ms. Marvel is trying out her new fighting techniques, it does get really really real and the Mayor/Hydra’s plans threaten to tear her family apart once again.
The set up is solid, the emotional tension high, the art top of the charts. This plot is ready to roll!