- File Size: 194764 KB
- Print Length: 136 pages
- Publisher: Marvel (May 3, 2017)
- Publication Date: May 3, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071D6V9H2
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,540 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Good: This is an excellent idea for a series. I'm surprised no one's come up with it before. I love the humor and heart that proliferates the book. I would like to see Waid develop some longer stories. So far the stories haven't lasted more than an issue and a half.
The Bad: I don't care for how Hulk is portrayed as a bro. He's supposed to be the 8th smartest person in the world, not a dumb jock.
The Ugly: Champions was a dumb name for a team in the 80's and it's still a dumb name today.
Premise wise the story throws intelligence out the window almost immediately. Kamala quits saying she wants to do more to help people, yet the rest of the Avengers give perfectly logical reasons why they can't actually rebuild builidings. But that's a low blow, so let's discuss the real problems with this series: characters and dialogue.
I don't read a lot of Ms. Marvel, but I've read enough to know she's a person who loves fun and putting on a positive attitude. Kamala in this comic is dead serious despite complaining about being typecast as the group downer. I have read Tom King's Vision (AS EVERYONE SHOULD) and his take on Viv is completely off the mark as well, lacking all the emotion she had even at the end at that story. Cho-Hulk I have never read at all, but he's an obnoxious twit regardless. Miles, Nova, and Cyclops are mostly just there. As for dialogue, this series tries to cram in every #teenissue it possibly could with no subtle or even purpose.
The plot lines honestly got worse as the series went on, culminating in the Champions vs. right wing southern sheriff stirring up hate crimes. My god, was that painful. After Cringily discussing hate directed at every group imaginable, the Champions ultimately can't do anything about the situation. One kind of nihlistic message is that? And that's not even getting into the abomination that was Waid's Gwenpool.
Buy something else.
This is some of the worst writing I've seen in a "professional" comic book
The second biggest problem are how terrible the characters are. They absolutely butchered Kamala khan's character, turning here from a lovable nerd with a passion for heroism into boring buzzkill leader #4396. I don't know much about the other characters' source books, but they're just as generic. Amadeus Cho is an idiot prankster in the style of Michelangelo from the ninja turtles (despite supposedly being the eighth smartest person on earth) . Viv vision is anthro google with a hatred of microaggresions. Miles Morales, Sam Alexander, and Scott Sommers are kinda just... there. Also Gwenpool shows up, does nothing, isn't funny, and leaves immediately. There is no chemistry between anyone and no one does anything interesting.
If you came here for more Ms. Marvel (or any of the other characters for that matter) skip it.
The story is extremely relevant, extremely modern. It deals with the issues most central to us today - bigotry, hatred, racism, and so on. The kids attempt to deal with it in a complex way that doesn't bring about even more hatred and fighting. It's very well thought-out, and I applaud Waid for such good writing, for tackling something that we're all wondering how to deal with.
I even see Ramos as the artist for the sequel, which is great. I'm used to Marvel going cheap on the art after the story begins. Let's hope this keeps up and Ramos stays with it!