Magnificent Ms. Marvel #10 Review

by Charles Martin on December 04, 2019

Magnificent Ms. Marvel #10 Review
Writer: Saladin Ahmed
Penciller: Minkyu Jung
Inker: Juan Vlasco
Colourist: Ian Herring
Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Publisher: Marvel Comics

After all the curious effects it's had on Kamala's super-heroing, her Kree nanotech suit at last has a name: the Stormranger.

And after the events of Magnificent Ms. Marvel #10, Stormranger is gonna be a capital-P Problem.

This issue flips the balance from the last one, concentrating primarily on Ms. Marvel's duel with Mr. Hyde and leaving her father's surgical crisis (and that momentous Bruno-smooch!) in the background.

The Kamala plot threads aren't quite on hold. Dr. Strange gets a few pages to carry the point of view and air interesting ideas about Yusuf's connection to his daughter. And Bruno has some glorious scenes with Aamir as he struggles with the burden of keeping Kamala's secrets.

Ms. Marvel is keenly feeling the tug of her family drama, too. Not just at the start of her fight but all the way through it, she's thinking of giving up the supervillain chase and returning to her father. But her finely-tuned moral compass pushes her toward the right thing to do: Get Mr. Hyde off the streets of Jersey City before he kills somebody.

The creators work hard to make that mission compelling; before it's over, the possibility that Mr. Hyde will kill Ms. Marvel gets disturbingly real.

Minkyu Jung and Juan Vlasco invest this latest Ms. Marvel fight with more ingenuity and novelty in how Kamala uses her powers. This issue features some potentially-disturbing grotesquerie on that score: Ms. Marvel's chin disappears when she elongates her neck, her body spreads out nasty-wide when she turns herself into a roadblock, and she gives Mr. Hyde one of the world's ookiest head-butts by embiggening her forehead into a battering ram.

Though Ms. Marvel often looks disturbing in this issue, all of these transformations are practical and effective -- and that means they're in-character. Kamala is the last hero who would hesitate to do something effective because it might look goofy. Breaking out these moves merely underlines how desperate and dedicated she is to bringing Mr. Hyde down.

Ian Herring's colours give the whole issue a consistent mood. This is a night-time story with a lot of blues. Ms. Marvel's outdoor fight and the brighter hospital scenes share the same palette at different intensity levels. Yellow is the chosen accent colour throughout the issue, with yellow backgrounds emphasizing both Ms. Marvel's key combat moves and the biggest conversational developments in Kamala's supporting cast.

Saladin Ahmed's script does a neat job of juggling Kamala's priorities after the last issue. Mr. Hyde's intrusion into her ongoing story remains random and annoying, but the reader takes it seriously because Kamala takes it seriously. This fight is not going to go down as the most important part of the arc, but it's safely steered away from being meaningless.

While this issue's Khan family moments are less momentous than #9's, they're handled with the same exquisite level of insight. Mr. Ahmed's grip on the supporting cast remains as firm and laudable as ever. This script gives enough space to the Khans and Bruno to ensure this remains their story as well as Kamala's.

Magnificent Ms. Marvel #10 goes heavy on the action without neglecting the supporting cast. Things are desperate all around -- at the hospital, in the battle between Ms. Marvel and Mr. Hyde, and in the surprising development that springs up to challenge Kamala further. This issue does an excellent job of keeping the cost of heroing front and center in both Kamala's mind and the reader's.

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Kamala thanking a passerby for "not just minding your business" is a wonderful touch.