Ms Marvel: Beyond The Limit#1
MS. MARVEL RETURNS IN A NEW STORY FROM BEST-SELLING AUTHOR SAMIRA AHMED! While on a break visiting her cousin in Chicago, Kamala Khan stumbles upon a robbery at a university physics lab . . . and maybe sets off an explosion of interdimensional proportions in the process. Still, nothing she can’t handle. Or so she thinks, until she gets home and finds her whole world turned upside down . . .and into a Bollywood set?! Why is everyone she knows singing, and how can she make it stop?
To say that I was extremely excited for Samira’s take on Ms. Marvel would be an understatement.
So, now that it is finally here, what do we think?
While it is a promising start, there is room for improvement.
The story, at the moment, sits in a place where it almost feels a bit cliché. To throw your South Asian superheroine into a Bollywood set version of New Jersey, after an accident at her cousin’s lab in Chicago, even with the return of a much loved character of previous Ms. Marvel stories, feels awkward. The ‘Bollywood-isation’ of South Asian characters in comics is a trope I felt that we had managed to avoid for so long, and as it stands in this issue, feels uncomfortable. I hope it is something which is addressed in the coming issues, and is not just a convenient trope to fall back on.
But the set-up for some interdimensional action is something with feels exciting, and I am very keen on seeing how Ahmed follows up on that. There is a lot of fun to be had in that area, and I hope that this run leans more towards that in the coming issues.
I am not quite sure how I feel about the artwork. While I love how colorful the pallet is, it is a major departure of Alphona, Jung, Vlasco and Herring’s eras. This style is distinctively flatter, there is an abundance of white spaces, and the line art seems to make little use of hatching/crosshatching to create depth and drama, and in certain panels, leaves us with an unfinished look.
Overall, I feel like there is room for this story to grow and improve, but I am hopeful that it will. I have faith in the creators behind this run, and I know they will do the character, who means so much, to so many people, justice.
ADVANCED REVIEW! Ms. Marvel: Beyond The Limit #1: Bollywood?
- Writing - 7/107/10
- Storyline - 7/107/10
- Art - 6/106/10
- Color - 6/106/10
- Cover Art - 7/107/10
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