- Series: Ms Marvel: Marvel Now!
- Paperback: 136 pages
- Publisher: Marvel (April 7, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780785190226
- ISBN-13: 978-0785190226
- ASIN: 0785190228
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 158 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,359 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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We also start to see things begin to fall into place and actually gain some traction with the plot line. I was definitely more invested in this volume than the first one. It still didn’t wow me, but did hold my attention better. Also, the art in the first two issues is by a different artist. Not sure why that was but I wasn’t a huge fan of it. I really liked that it had a previously paragraph to refresh me because it had been a month or two gap between the volumes.
Overall, I still enjoyed this volume and think that the series is getting better, but its just not gripping me like I had hoped. I’m going to keep going though with hopes it finally will.
Adrian Alphona drew Volume 1. The art for Volume 2 was split between Alphona and Jacob Wyatt, who drew issues 6 and 7. Reading vols. 2-4 has made me realize how important Alphona’s art was to my enjoyment of Volume 1. Miyazawa’s and Bondoc’s art from Volume 3 is pretty good, though. I didn’t care for Wyatt’s art at all.
The focal point of the volume is her clash with the Inventor, set up in vol. 1. The volume concludes the arc—OR DOES IT? I understand the exigencies of comic demand openings be left for recursive storytelling, but I appreciate that we get a complete and relatively discrete arc. I really enjoyed the contraptions and giant alligators and ALLIGATORS WITH FRIGGIN LASER BEAMS of the Inventor. So I’ll overlook other attendant silliness straight out of the Matrix or Malthus. My only real complaint is that I didn’t get to see the Inventor shout “I AM NOT A BIRD” one more time. (The Generation Why joke, tied in with the Inventor’s nefarious plot, would work better if Kamala wasn’t probably more fairly classed with Generation Z.)
Welcome, but less effective, were the addition of a magical teleporting dog, Lockjaw, and a team-up with Wolverine. The latter, in particular, was a bit of a non-sequitur. I’ve always been a huge fan of Wolverine, but that sequence makes me think Marvel doesn’t have confidence in its new character more than anything else. Consequently, the second half of the volume, with Alphona’s art and without Wolverine to distract from the fight against the Inventor, works much better than the first.
unrealistic body type. I finally got this after reading about its popularity with a wide variety of people and how so many people
really liked it after thinking they wouldn't. I'm looking forward to having my daughter (and any subsequent children ;) ) read these when older.
G. Willow Wilson has really created a heroine that women of all ages can look up to and admire to be more like. I truly look forward to learning more about her, and seeing her kick some evil villain butt.