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Ms. Marvel Volume 2: Generation Why Paperback – April 7, 2015
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From School Library Journal
Gr 6 Up—The second installment of the "Ms. Marvel" series picks up with boisterous Kamala Khan continuing her hunt for Jersey City's newest villain, The Inventor. She stumbles upon a suspicious sewer drain that leads her to deadly robots, giant alligators, her hero Wolverine, and none other than the nemesis himself—a cockatiel-human hybrid, genetically cloned from Thomas Edison's DNA. Kamala also discovers that her newly acquired powers are far from a fluke and that she might be superhuman after all, thanks to some more familiar faces in the Marvel Universe. In a disturbing final standoff, the source of The Inventor's "clean energy" is revealed, leading our heroine to realize that her generation needs a voice now more than ever. Packed with just as much action, snark, and plot twists as its predecessor, this second entry might be even more enjoyable than the first, as it begins to tackle the fraught concept of "the new generation," and whether technology keeps teens plugged into the world, or tuned out. Wyatt and Alphona's vibrant and textured artwork complements Kamala's brave, yet compassionate nature, while perfectly showcasing her "elastic" talents. VERDICT Fans of Ms. Marvel will not be disappointed in this exciting continuation. A worthy addition to any library's comic collection.—Ashleigh Williams, School Library
About the Author
Willow Wilson began her writing career at the age of 17, when she freelanced as a music and DJ critic for Boston's Weekly Dig magazine. Since then, she's written the Eisner Award-nominated comic book series Air and Mystic: The Tenth Apprentice and the graphic novel Cairo. Her first novel, Alif the Unseen, was a New York Times Notable book. It was shortlisted for the 2012 Flaherty-Dunnan Award. G. Willow spent her early and mid twenties living in Egypt and working as a journalist. Her articles about the Middle East and modern Islam have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Atlantic Monthly and the Canada National Post. Her memoir about life in Egypt during the waning years of the Mubarak regime, The Butterfly Mosque, was named a Seattle Times Best Book of 2010.
Willow is published by Grove/Atlantic Books in the United States and Atlantic UK in the United Kingdom.
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By far the best reason of all, however, is Kamala Khan herself, who in this volume continues to struggle to come to grips with her new powers, the headaches of having a nemesis, and the ramifications of maintaining a secret identity. Kamala is the fangirl in all of us, and her reaction to getting to (briefly) team up with Wolverine while hunting for a missing teenage girl is worth the price of admission. The moment her mind is reduced to Doge by adamantium awe had me in stitches.
Generation Why is fast, funny, and action packed - so much so you might almost miss the sensitive handling of a quiet moment between Kamala and the spiritual leader at her mosque, Wolverine's moving philosophy of heroism, or the sly commentary on how adults view Millennials. But don't worry if you do. It's good enough you'll want to read it twice.
I loved the scenes between Kamala and Wolverine; those were some fun scenes and I can’t wait to see where this mentor/mentee relationship goes.
I also loved the addition of Lockjaw; everyone needs a giant canine sidekick and Lockjaw is an awesome one. He added a lot to the story and I loved the teamwork between him and Kamala.
The illustration is really well done and I have been enjoying the story a lot. There is a great balance between family/social issues, humor, and good ole superhero butt-kicking (loved the scenes with the gigantic croc). I also love that the women superheros are both empowered and more realistic (Kamala is illustrated as a 16 year old girl in a superhero costume, not some heavily bosomed babe in a skintight catsuit).
Overall this was a fantastic continuation of this series. This graphic novel series has been a ton of fun to read and is really well done. I also love that it’s one that I can read with my 9 year old son; in general it’s appropriate for all ages. There is great humor, action, and heart in this series and I adore it.
Kamala is bold and adventurous, while being vulnerable and unsure of herself. She wants to rebel, be independent and be her own person, but she also wants to be a part of something bigger. She loves her friends and family and is driven to be brave for them.
G Willow Wilson continues her excellent storytelling in the second volume of Ms Marvel. Her heartwarming qualities are on display even as the character grows and the nascent super-hero learns more about her powers.
The first two issues are a two-part Wolverine team-up, drawn by Jacob Wyatt. Though the style is quite a bit different, I liked the new interpretation of the character. Ian Herring does a great job adjusting the coloring approach to play to Wyatt's strengths. Given that praise, by the end of #7, I was really missing Adrian Alphona's unique take on Marvel's newest superstar. I think he's a perfect fit for this series and love his renditions of Kamala and co.
Medusa and Lockjaw also guest-star in this arc, as we learn more about the mists and the origin of her powers.
Snappy dialog is a hallmark of this series. I love phrases like "Get ready to lose, short dude, I've got +10 heals" "Embiggened fists of rage!" "How can you write off a whole generation before it's even had a chance to prove itself?" "…giving up on the next generation is like giving up on the future…" It veers towards preaching, but I think it stops just short of sounding like its coming from the soapbox.
Another trademark of this series is sporadically having what I can only describe as Richard Scarry-esque montages: Wyatt has sewer system cutaway in #7 page 11. Alphona has #11 page 10 with the gears.
This is an excellent series that's best savored in binge reading (trade style). If you haven't picked up Vol 1, grab that one too.
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After reading Volume 1, I wasn't that impressed. I don't remember why, but because of that, I wasn't anxious to read this...Read more