Review: MS. MARVEL #14

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MS. MARVEL #14
Written by G. Willow Wilson
Art by Takeshi Miyazawa, Ian Herring
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: April 15, 2015

Kamala Khan, you are a riot.

G. Willow Wilson has done a phenomenal job with Kamala’s character since the first issue of this series and her exceptional writing continues with issue #14. Kamala is so much fun, and such a breath of fresh air into the world of superhero comics. The dialogue in this issue is fantastic, with Kamala’s awkwardness on full display in a manner that anyone who has been a teen can completely relate to. You can sense the optimism, lovable naivete and wonder for the world in every word Willow has Kamala say, and there is a spark that comes from this character. It isn’t hard to see why she’s taking the industry by storm, as her charm is present at every second of this comic. Her one liners are hilarious and she is probably the most likable character in comics right now. She has the same youthful optimism and joyful exuberance that Miles Morales has, and as a huge Miles fan I mean that as a compliment.

This tale is paced very well and is taking Kamala to an interesting place. Inhuman readers will be very intrigued by the final page in the issue, and there is no doubting that Kamala’s life is only going to be more complicated going forward. If this issue is any indication, added complication is a good thing for readers, as the more complex her life becomes, the more endearing Kamala is. These are great characters, written by a great writer, and issue #14 of Ms. Marvel is a winner.

Takeshi Miyazawa handles art duties on this one and his work is a great fit for the tone of this comic. Adrian Alphona has defined Ms. Marvel’s look but Miyazawa captures all the best aspects of Kamala and her gang very well. His style matches what readers are familiar with and the humorous aspects of the character are conveyed very well. Miyazawa captures Kamala’s personality perfectly and I was impressed by how well he nailed the look and feel of the rest of the cast as well. While Kamala steals the show whenever she is on the page, the other characters hold their own as well and you can easily decipher what is occurring through visuals alone. While I will never say no to seeing Adrian Alphona working with Kamala Khan, if a fill-in is required, Takeshi Miyazawa is firmly at the top of my list based on this issue. The colour work by Ian Herring boosts Miyazawa’s pencils in all the right ways and Ms. Marvel is as visually impressive as the writing is, and that’s saying something.

G. Willow Wilson and Takeshi Miyazawa deliver another great chapter in the tale of Kamala Khan with Ms. Marvel #14. This is a fun tale with great characters and I’m quite excited to see where we’ll be taken next. The life of this young Inhuman is as intriguing as ever.

The Verdict: 9.0/10

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