There are lot of things I’m not. I’m not a teenager, I’m not the daughter of immigrants, I don’t live in New Jersey, and I’m not Muslim. Yet, Kamala Khan, who is all these things, speaks to me.
When it was first announced that Ms. Marvel would be Pakistani teenager, there was a lot of grumbling. Most of it came down to a minority of comic book readers who didn’t feel like they could identify with a Muslim girl still in high school. If they haven’t discovered they’re wrong yet, they really need to get on it.
After six issues, I feel very comfortable saying that Ms. Marvel has the wit of Spider-Man, the heroics of the X-men, and a personality that is all her own.
And this issue continued this trend with Kamala narrating the beginning of her life after she made enemies with the bird-faced “Inventor.” Though, it should be noted he’s technically a clone of Thomas Edison with cockatiel genes accidentally spliced in. The plot isn’t terribly complex. Kamala finally has to talk to Sheikh Abdullah about her rebellious ways, and she finds a growling pothole on a street that she decides to investigate only to find a hologram of The Inventor trying to be very menacing while she ignores him.
Wolverine enters the fray, and up until now, I had always considered myself one of the only people who dislikes the character. Kamala’s childish exuberance about her real-person-fanfictions of him fighting with Storm in space, however, forced me to remember the one side of his that I ever actually enjoyed: teacher-Wolverine. So props to ‘Ms. Marvel’ for pulling me out of my I-hate-Wolverine malaise.
And while this may all seem silly, Kamala brings a reality to it that makes you worry just as much as you laugh. And then a big genetically altered alligator comes, and we have to wait until next issue to see how they get out of it while Kamala equates it to a boss fight.
And that’s why I love Kamala. She speaks the way her readers often do, from scenes that she narrates as Wolverine’s agility as “Such atheletic. Very claws. So amaze” to her description of the giant alligator as a boss battle.
As for the art, there has been a change, which I was going to be very annoyed about. I was a big fan of Adrian Alphona’s art style because I felt it was unique and captured each characters personalities in interesting ways. Jacob Wyatt’s art, while different, does not disappoint, and follows in Alphona’s footsteps easily.
All in all, I give this issue of ‘Ms.Marvel’ yet another
Ms. Marvel #6
Story by G. Willow Wilson
Art by Jacob Wyatt