Ms. Marvel #15

by F.D. White on May 16, 2015

Writer: G. Willow Wilson
Line Artist: Takeshi Miyazawa
Colorist: Ian Herring
Letterer: VC's Joe Caramagna

Part of what makes comics so great is that they reflect society around us. Many people, even today, like to think that comics are a bunch of pages of non-thoughts, something that can be picked up and tossed aside with know value mentally, emotionally, spiritually. There are those who dispute those claims telling them that isn't the truth. Ms. Marvel can show you that there's more to comics than people think.

I've already raved about Ms. Marvel's new story arc, "Crushed", over my last two reviews. It's a fun romp of superhero action following a girl's first young love. It's meshes her ongoing journey as a hero with her journey through life with aplomb. This issue turns it on it's head a bit. As the issue progresses it becomes an allegory for sexual abuse. Kamala is deceived by Kamran and forcibly taken to New Attilan against her will. Even the dialogue is obtusely reflective of victim blaming. ("Who's gonna believe that?" Kamran says, "You got in the car of your own free will. As far as anybody knows, you chose to be here. You put yourself in this situation.") It was honestly surprising to see something in comic whose market is directed towards the youth, but this is why we need comics like Ms. Marvel. They're here to take touchy subjects like sexual abuse and camouflage them into something more palatable. It's not completely natural, and the dialogue is a little clunky, but the intention is there. This is something that kids can read and talk about with their parents, something friends can take to chat amongst friends, that can create earnest discussion.

I'm a little saddened that this is Miyazawa's last issue on Ms. Marvel. His art was a welcome departure from original artist Adrian Alphona's style. It perfectly fit the story that Wilson was telling. However, I hope this is an approach that Ms. Marvel continues. Keep Wilson on board so she can tell her full story of Kamala's growth, while switching up artists every single arc. As many artists as possible should work on Ms. Marvel. Each adds their own unique flavor to her character and I think that will help to make Kamala Khan feel like she's been around a lot longer than she has.

Ms. Marvel continues to impress by mixing action, heart, and real-world issues in a way that everybody can enjoy.

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