Writer: G. Willow Wilson / Artist: Nico Leon / Marvel Comics
I’m just going to say this up front: Kamala Khan is still missing in Ms. Marvel #26. Well, not missing. She’s dodging her friends, isn’t in school, and has sworn her family to secrecy. She’s not missing — she just doesn’t want to be found. But Ms. Marvel lives in us all, and especially in Kamala’s particularly ordinary friends — Nakia, Gabe, Mike, and Zoe. They’ve taken on the scarf and tunic to take her place and seem to have a superhero sized mystery on their hands.
Throughout their adventure, Wilson never lets us forget how ordinary and teen these four people are, which just goes to support their awesomeness. They don’t have super powers, they just have heart and responsibility. But that’s the underlying message of this comic from the beginning: we’re all heroes. Or as Kamala would say:
Good isn’t something you are, it is something you do.
While the four close friends are digging in on their mystery, Naftali of the Perfect Sandwich is on his own mission: to find Kamala.
This is a perfect time to take a moment and appreciate Nico Leon on the pens. Look at those two red boxes in the image. In the upper left: “Buses Only: 6:30AM – 6:45AM; 4PM – 4:05PM”. The lady in the right behind has a dog in a wagon. I’m convinced that artists hide hilarity in their backgrounds for their own amusement and that of the few readers who notice. Well I see you Leon, I laughed on this page and every other one where your spin is obvious. You’re doing good work!
As the mystery gets dangerous, Ms. Marvel’s Friends (does this super group have a name? They need a name, G. Willow.) hook up with a perfect ally, tighten their scarves, and get ready to scrap. But is the villain who we think they are?
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