By Taylor Anderson
This article contains SPOILERS. If you haven’t read the issue yet, proceed at your own risk!
Comics as a medium suffer from a case of poor branding. They’re called “comics” even though a majority of what we think of when we think of comics aren’t comedic at all. One has only to pick up an issue of Batman to get what I mean — the Dark Knight’s adventures aren’t exactly full of laughs (Joker antics aside). There are reasons for this nomenclature, of course, but it’s always kind of rewarding when comic treats its content with levity. This proves true in Ms. Marvel 28, but G. Willow Wilson accomplishes this without losing any of the series’ heart.
Kamala is still in hiding and her friends and Captain Marvel are left to deal with the Inventor in his bid to rid the world of old people in the name of progress. To help him in his cause, the Inventor has created a small army of giant reptile cyborgs. If that premise sounds a little silly, well, it is, and that’s a huge part of the charm in this issue. Wilson has written a plot full of comedic elements like this, serving to make the issue entertaining and, frankly, funny to read.
Artist Nico Leon is a perfect match for the story Wilson has written. His rendering of the Inventor’s army is straight aces.
All of these monsters are adorably cartoonish, suggesting that they aren’t actually a threat to New Jersey. In particular, I like the different expressions on each of their faces. You have the sassy alligator, the clueless frog, the serious iguana, and the ever hard-to-read snake. While it’s not impossible to fear these animals, their design is comedic, belying the danger of a madman trying to kill all the geriatrics in the world.
While Wilson and Leon include this comedic element, they don’t allow it to overtake the issue. Instead, while the issue isn’t overly serious, it does still have a lot of heart to it. Kamala’s rumination on running away from her problems, and her eventual decision to face them, is still relatable and makes her a character who is insanely easy to empathize with.
The conversation doesn’t stop there. What do you wanna talk about from this issue?