After the heartbreak of the last few Civil War II tie-in issues, I think Kamala, and all of her readers, needed a break from all that noise.
And what we get is a beautiful story about family and belonging that I can’t believe I just read in a superhero comic.
Spoilers beyond this point.
One of the biggest qualms a lot of heroes had with predictive justice, Kamala included when she came to her senses, was the fact that it involved profiling. It’s kind of fitting, in a weird way, that one of the last things to happen to her before managing to escape from it all is this:
|I'll admit, I once thought Shah Rukh, Aamir, and Salman Khan were all one big acting family like the Baldwin brothers|
As per the rules of drama, Bruno happens to be getting on his flight to Wakanda at the same time, another reminder of the life Kamala is leaving behind. It’s an easy trick to add some extra emotion to the scene, but it works.
And then, we’re in Pakistan. The blue and green color palette is swapped out for reds and oranges, and the effect is beautiful. You immediately feel those feelings of home and family, and all the warm embraces from relatives help.
Now, I’ve never personally been to Pakistan, but my family is Pakistani in origin. As such, it’s kind of hard for me to believe how much they nailed the dynamics in this kind of family. I could go on for ages about how relatable this is and, by extension, how this is one of the many reasons diversity matters.
|I can't think of much else to say beyond how relatable this is|
All’s not peaceful at the Khan household though. Water cartels have been blowing up hydrants so they can sell at a higher price. Looks like a job for… nope, Ms. Marvel is taking this month off. It’s not what she’s here for.
|I'm honestly shocked at the accuracy of this. And crying. Just a little.|
But a talk from her new friend, Kareem, and a hydrant outside the family house being destroyed finally compels her to take action. Of course, she left her costume back in New Jersey, so…
I honestly would’ve been content with this issue having no superhero action whatsoever, but I’m not complaining. We get some awesome Ms. Marvel action as she chases down and destroys the thieves’ water truck. She’s feeling pretty good about herself until she’s interrupted by Laal Khanjeer, the Red Dagger, a local superhero.
|Spinoff! Spinoff! Spinoff!|
It’s a pretty clear message for Kamala: Things are not always going to be simple and straightforward, and sometimes there’s no clear solution to the problem. You just need to do what you can, and hope for the best.
This was a lovely comic. While there are references to the preceding issues, it’s a relatively self-contained story. Not only is it a great exploration of Kamala’s family and culture that has only been hinted at before, it also has a nice character arc within it that helps her get back on her feet, and the introduction of an awesome new superhero I hope to see more of soon.
|I mean, it's super obvious who he is, right? Right?|
The art is done by newcomer to the series Mirka Andolfo, and she does an excellent job capturing the characters and locations without getting overly stylized. The colors by the usual suspect Ian Herring are phenomenal, easily giving each setting a different feel through different color schemes.
Once again, Ms. Marvel proves why it deserves to be my favorite comic of all time. I don’t think I’ve ever identified with any fictional character this much before, and I’d just like to thank G. Willow Wilson again for bringing her to life.
The issue also includes a bonus adventure starring Red Widow. As someone not overly familiar with the character, it was a fun, if forgettable, read.
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