Story: G. Willow Wilson
Art: Adrian Alphona
What They Say:
When the world is about to end, do you still keep fighting? From the moment Kamala put on her costume, she’s been challenged, but nothing has prepared her for this: the Last Days of the Marvel Universe. Fists up, let’s do this, Jersey City. Plus a very special guest appearance fans have been clamoring for!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
While the Secret Wars event has been going on for a little bit now, and we’ve had the end of everything, there are a few series that are doing the whole Last Days banner on their ongoing books in order to close things out before things kick off again later this year. Ms. Marvel gets to do just that, which is good since there were plenty of things going on worth tackling. The book also works well in that it marks the return of Adrian Alphona on the artwork, which was a big part of the draw early on for me. While we’ve had some good artwork recently, Alphona’s simply feels more like what the book should be like in terms of its design and energy.
With all that happened recently with Kamran and the Inhumans, it’s no surprise that Kamala is definitely feeling very all over the map in a way. When we see her lamenting her feelings like it’s the end of the world, there is that sense of it being the usual teenage drama. And she even basically admits it along the way, though she’s mostly looking for some sympathy from others. Those that experience loss in a strong way may seem like they’re overplaying it, but combined with how she wears her heart on her sleeve, it’s believable. So when things take a darker turn suddenly there with the crowd suddenly on the run, she realizes what the real end of the world feels like as the big incursion that brought about the end of everything in the first Secret Wars issue has arrived. And she wants to do her part, though is finding that she’s not really able to help in the big picture – or even get close at the moment.
Being the Jersey City girl that she is, we instead see that she heads back home to help the people there rather than galavant off on the bigger adventure. That’s usually how it goes, so I like seeing her dealing with the street level stuff, the panic and fear, and trying to help those that she can by sending them to her recently upgraded school. Her family is more of a problem though, because Kamran has shown up there in order to try once again to get her to turn, but also to threaten to turn her brother after revealing a bit about him and the original mist attack. It’s one of those moments where, yes, it works, but it’s also an important piece in a chaotic situation that just further serves to stress out Kamala and put more strain on her. Which is good, because it’s fun to see how it works out for her. But it’s bad, because it seems like it’d be counterproductive for Kamran and his goals.
Mostly what we get here though is all the last minute panic of a world ending event taking place, but brought down to a more personable level. While there’s more to go with the subplots that are here as the series rounds things out in the next couple of installments, I’m definitely intrigued more than I thought I would be. The Last Days banner was not sold well when it was first introduced by Marvel earlier in the year and it felt like there was no real point to it. With Ms. Marvel, the team has definitely worked it well so far with this opening installment of it, providing the right big picture background but making sure the focus is on Kamala and the normal folks around her that get swept up in these kinds of things. This one is different of course, but still, it’s well played.
Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Marvel Comics via ComiXology
Release Date: June 17th, 2015