After her adventure with Wolverine, Kamala Khan is back, and now she has a giant alien pug that her parents begrudgingly accept. If they knew that Lockjaw could teleport their daughter into dangerous situations, they may have objected a little more.
In any case, Kamala hasn’t let go of what happened to her in the sewers with The Inventor, and searches for more information on the kidnapped girl they had rescued from the Matrix… I mean The Inventor, who is using young teens as batteries to power his gadgets. Definitely not the Matrix, despite the human battery thing.
Finding out Julie’s (the girl Kamala saved last issue) last location, Kamala teleports with Lockjaw and finds one of the antagonist-boys from her very poorly thought out attempt to free Bruno’s brother Vic. Because of this, she stays up to late getting him to the hospital, ends up late to school, and before she can truly get in trouble for being tardy, The Inventor sends a robot to destroy her.
The issue ends with Kamala unable to heal herself after the building collapses on her.
Frankly, as simple as the story was for this chapter, it was amazing. Firstly, it was because Adrian Alphona is back illustrating, and for me, the combination of his art style with G Willow Wilson’s words make ‘Ms. Marvel’ all the more compelling. Secondly, it’s because, as always, Kamala’s narration of events is always beautiful. She talks about how adults don’t notice things until their big (a metaphor for parents ignoring their children’s problems, perhaps), and how being a hero is about being able to notice without being afraid. All the while, her thoughts seem to permeate all levels of her life. From her super-heroing, to her family, and her school life, Kamala never really talks about one thing. This issue is no different, and it makes her one of the most interesting characters I’ve seen in awhile.
In short, the art is great, story is fantastic. It’s been eight issues, and ‘Ms. Marvel’ shows no signs in slowing down as being the best Marvel book I’ve read in quite some time. Yet again, I give it
Story by G Willow Wilson
Art by Adrian Alphona