Comic Book Review: Ms. Marvel #12 | Giant Fire Breathing Robot

Comic Book Review: Ms. Marvel #12

Cover by Ian Herring – Image via ComiXology

March is Women In Comics month. So I’ve decided this month I’ll be reviewing comics with female creators.

I went to my local comic book store and asked the girl behind the counter. She stacked me up with a million different female driven comic books.

This month, some of these comics will be my focus.

Which brings us to Ms. Marvel #12.

Ms. Marvel is the first Muslim character to headline her own comic book at Marvel. Kamala Khan, is a teenage Pakistani American from New Jersey with shapeshifting abilities. She takes on the codename Ms. Marvel from her idol Carol Danvers, the current Captain Marvel.

It’s Valentine’s Day in Jersey City and Kamala Khan’s High School is holding a dance. Kamala isn’t allowed to go, but when Loki turns up, Ms. Marvel has no choice but to show too.

So, what works: Kamala Khan is a great character. Funny, cute and just a normal girl. I feel like G. Willow Wilson is pulling from her own teen years and nailing the character with realism and truth. Kamala is a kid I wouldn’t mind my daughter hanging out with.

The supporting cast are just as fun. Bruno and Vick are your typical high school guys – one is awkwardly in love with Kamala, the other not. Nakia, Kamala’s older sister is the older sister we all have: sensible, smart, but not perfect.

The story is fun and like a good movie, really took me back to my high school years, complete with teenage angst and love-sick longing.

Elmo Bondoc and Ian Herring are a great choice for Ms. Marvel. I don’t often talk about colors, but Herring’s colors are particularly well done. Especially in the school dance scene, the use of light and dark, and the gradual fading between is really pleasant.

What doesn’t work: I can’t think of anything that doesn’t work. Ms. Marvel #12 is the kind of done-in-one issue that I love. I don’t have to invest a half-a-dozen issues for one story, and it makes for the perfect jumping on spot for a new readers.

Loki feels a little forced into the story, but he needed to be there. It wouldn’t have worked with anybody else.

I enjoyed Ms. Marvel #12 much more than I thought I would. It’s a fun romp for everyone. After reading this I handed it to my 13 year-old daughter who in turn handed it to my 9 year-old daughter, and we all seemed to enjoy it.

As I said above, Ms. Marvel #12 is a perfect jumping on point for new readers. If you’ve been curious about it for a while, or just want to give it a try after reading this review, this issue is for you.

Ms. Marvel #12 is on comic book store shelves around the world as you read this.

Celebrate Women In Comics month by picking it up and sharing it around.

Page 1 by Elmo Bondoc and Ian Herring – Image via ComiXology

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Page 3 by Elmo Bondoc and Ian Herring – Image via ComiXology

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