Axel-In-Charge: Navigating the "Civil War II" Landscape, Bringing DMC to Marvel
[Editor’s note: Each Sunday, Robot 6 contributors discuss the best in comics from the last seven days — from news and announcements to a great comic that came out to something cool creators or fans have done.]
The conclusion of the two-part Wolverine guest-shot in Ms. Marvel #7 is not just one of the best issues of the series to date, it’s one of the most fun superhero comics I’ve read in a while. Writer G. Willow Wilson, artist Jacob Wyatt and colorist Ian Herring start with a giant sewer alligator, throw in a Family Circus-esque climb, and end with a couple of high-profile cameos ruminating on Kamala Khan’s potential.
Literally from the first panel, which caricatures Kamala a la Teen Titans Go, the issue sets a very playful tone, while at the same time not losiing sight of Kamala’s perspective on her adventure. Monsters, supervillains, and sewers are old hat for Wolverine and his fans — and so are teenage-girl proteges, for that matter — but not for her. When she grabs the critter’s tail, or goes for its vulnerable spots, Wilson, Wyatt, and Herring make sure the reader knows that. More importantly, when our heroes discover the nature of the villain’s plot, Kamala takes responsibility for stopping it. Although this isn’t an issue about building the new Ms. Marvel into a world-beater, it does feature some important next steps. What keeps it from being Mary Sue-ish is the creative team’s winning portrayal of their headliner.
The first few issues of Ms. Marvel established Kamala’s character and her surroundings, and this adventure builds successfully on that foundation. I look forward to the dividends it will pay when Kamala goes back to her family and friends.