Friday, December 29, 2017

REVIEW: Ms Marvel #25 (2017)

Ms MARVEL #25 (2017) — Regular
cover by Valero Schiti ©Marvel Comics
Marvel Comics, $3.99, 28pgs.
On-sale December 20, 2017

"Teenage Wasteland, Part 1"
20 pages, Read Time – 12:10

by G. Willow Wilson (writer) and Nico Leon (artist)

 BOTTOM LINE: Ms Marvel has the stupidest friends in the history of supporting characters.

It's an interesting issue of Ms Marvel in that it has no Ms Marvel. But that's okay, as the story of Kamala's friends filling in for her is a good one, at least in that it gives us a chance to spend some time with supporting characters who are sometimes little more than window dressing.

However, the issue suffers from one fatal flaw. You see, Kamala’s pals all note that she also has been incommunicado. They even mention how hard it is filling for the mysteriously absent Ms Marvel on patrol because it's Kamala who, in the past, has seemed so plugged into the hero's activities. So, basically, it leaves the impression that all of Ms M’s friends are raging, hardcore idiots. I mean, there's, "Oh, ha ha, you sure did fool me with those Clark Kent glasses, Superman," and then there's being just plain stupid. At least Red Dagger seems to catch on quick, but then he follows along on “Ms Marvel’s” patrol with nary a further comment, almost as if he might actually believe Ms Marvel is now a white girl, even though he knows who Ms Marvel really is.

On the letter's page (yay, latters page!), editor Sana Amanat notes that despite this being Issue #25, there's been a renumbering and, so, Kamala is actually nearing her 50th issue. I've read them all, and yet I don't really recall this issue’s villain, who gets released on parole at the beginning of the issue, and is discovered with a giant, killer robot later on, at the end. Given that we are almost 50 issues (four years!) into Kamala's tenure, it might have been nice if Amanat had insisted  writer G. Willow Wilson have the parole board remind us poor readers (whether we were on board at the time or not) of just who Dr. Knox is, what he did, and when. But as it is, all we get is the Doc's assertion that, "Yes, I was evil once, but I have come to regret my evil ways and promise to go hence and do evil no more." Thus, when his giant, killer robot show up, we don't even know enough to exclaim, "Ah! Of COURSE he has a giant, killer robot!" or else, "Oh, so robots are his thing now!"

Still, while we're on the subject, I'm not sure I understand why, in the midst of Marvel's big "legacy numbering" thing — which includes here, as it has in all recent Marvel comics, a fairly useless three-page origin story, given at the end of the issue, instead of up front — the company chose to NOT give Ms M a legacy number, especially given that Amanat makes inference to same inside the book. By my count, if we added all issues of Ms MARVEL published to date, both pre- and post-Kamala, this #25 should have been #119. 



COVER: 7.75 | PLOT: 8.25 | SCRIPT: 8.00 | LAYOUT: 6.75 | ART: 7.00 | EDITS: 6.25

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