Ms. Marvel (2015) #2 Review

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The community blames Ms. Marvel for selling out. But she has nothing to do with this evil real estate company! Maybe this purple goo she found has something to do with everyone acting weird?

Plot Summary

Kamala is pissed from the events of issue #1. This evil company called Hope Yards Developments is still using her image and she’s decides to break in and figure out what their deal is. Kamala finds a mysterious purple liquid hidden in a mini-fridge and is chased away by bee shaped drones with guns attached. Bruno and Kamala examine the liquid and watch online as Hope Yards raises rent to drive out undesirable tenants. Many people protest the company while cursing Ms. Marvel’s name and the charge seems to be lead by her friend Nakia. Seeing this sets Kamala over the edge and she storms off as Bruno begs her to meet his new girlfriend.

The next morning, Kamala is ambushed by her brother Aamir. He begs Kamala to be a good mahram and assist him with awkwardly courting a girl he is interested in, but won’t admit it. On the way there, they encounter the owner of Hope Yards and he is trying to push away Aamir’s date from the sidewalk since she is wearing a hijab. During the verbal altercation, Kamala notices that everyone in the area has glowing purple eyes and are extremely friendly to everyone. Weirded out by this, Kamala, Aamir and his not-girlfriend decide to leave. Kamala contacts Bruno via phone, who has discovered that the mysterious purple liquid contains nanomachines that impact the brain.

The call with Bruno is mysteriously cut short and Ms. Marvel decides to pay another visit to Hope Yards’ HQ. She see’s a caravan leaving and decides to catch a ride. Kamala is a lot more noisy that she wanted to be and attracts a few purple blasts from owner of Hope Yards. They arrive at their destination and encounter a man named Dr. Faustus who explains the name of his company. Hope Yards Development and Relocation Association. The final scene is of a purple eyed Bruno who greets Kamala with a “Hail Hydra”.   

Art

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While this issue was more of a plot establisher and not so much an action one, I did not find myself visually bored. I was a little concerned with Miyazawa taking over, but his style does Kamala right. The poses are dynamic and interesting to look at. They mesh very well with both the situations and the written dialog. A character will have a late night last page and they’ll look tired and cranky in the next. There are also quite a few examples of great panel design that help make the flow of reading easier, while enhancing an action taking place. Overall, quality work. A small nitpick of mine though is that the scene on the cover never actually happens in the book. I hate it when they do that.

Thoughts

This issue was not terribly exciting and not a place I would recommend starting (but when is issue #2 ever a good starting point?). The book mainly focuses on serious interactions between already established characters. While the book is not bad by any stretch of the imagination, Kamala does not have much opportunity to be her fun, awkward and goofy self. In my opinion, the situation and secondary characters outshine Kamala here, and that’s not why I’m reading this book. But again, this is not a bad book at all, I just wanted to see more of why I love Ms. Marvel.

Is It Worth My Money?

$3.99 is not a bad price to keep up with the story. If you are following the series, it’s a must. If you’re a casual reader who picks up odd issues here and there, I’d give it a pass since nothing particularly stands out without context. Ms. Marvel used to be a cheaper book than the other Marvel series, but I’m still satisfied with what I paid

Is It Worth my Time?

A 20 minute read and I regretted nothing. While not my favorite, the time still flew by as I was reading.

Writer:

Willow Wilson

Artist:

Takeshi Miyazawa

Colorist:

Ian Herring

Letterer:

Joe Caramagna

Editor:

Sana Amanat

Cover By:

Cliff Chiang

Published By:

Marvel Comics

 

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