G. Willow Wilson continues to inject Ms. Marvel with more of the Marvel Universe, while at the same time keeping the title its own distinct entity separate from the rest of the universe. Adrian Alphona returns for art duties after Jake Wyatt filled in for the last two issues. After the first five issues introduced us to Kamala and her world, issues 6 and 7 injected the X-Men (or Wolverine) into her title, and now this arc begins to insert the Inhumans (she doesn’t know she is one). This is being done one step at a time by introducing an adorable magic animal (I know he’s not “magical”) in the form of Lockjaw as Kamala’s new pet.
Wilson continues to build up the mystery involving the Inventor and the kids who have been disappearing around her town. The biggest lead Kamala has in regards to what’s going on is the mutant girl that she rescued during the previous issue. So she puts on her detective boots, and starts hunting down clues. Her job is made immensely easier when Lockjaw shows up and provides her with the ability to teleport anywhere she wants in the blink of an eye. Wilson’s scripts remain humorous here, and provide nice character interactions between Kamala and her supporting cast.
While I really enjoyed Jake Wyatt’s artwork on the last arc, Adrian Alphona truly is amazing on this title and I hope he never leaves. His artwork is very detailed in every panel. Whether it’s an alley, a bedroom, or a classroom, there is a lot of stuff drawn to add detail to the world and its characters. He is also fantastic at depicting Kamala’s powers. His slightly more exaggerated style really fits with a character whose abilities primarily involve increasing the size of her body parts. We also get to finally see him draw a full on battle with Ms. Marvel since the last arc Alphona was on wasn’t very action heavy (which is not a bad thing).
Ms. Marvel #8 is another fun issue in what is one of Marvel’s most enjoyable titles. The only real problem I have with this issue is that the last page could have been a little clearer as to what it meant. This is a minor gripe, as the writing is still fun to read, and the artwork is gorgeous to look at. This issue is certainly a pickup if you have been following this title; and if you haven’t, then this issue isn’t a bad place to start.
CBH Score: 4.5 out of 5