Ms. Marvel #35
Writer: G. Willow Wilson
Artist: Nico Leon
Ms. Marvel puts an end to the Shocker’s experiments and learns a little about how her powers work in issue #35. Recently the Shocker has been doing experiments that are opening wormholes all over Jersey City. The point of these experiments is so the Shocker can gain more power and become a more serious villain. Meanwhile, Kamala’s powers have been acting up after she and Bruno tried to find out how her powers work.
The sarcastic Shocker has been a surprisingly fitting villain for Ms. Marvel. Shocker’s aspirations to become a major villain but intelligence and touch of ethics make him a character that fits well with the optimistic hero. In the Uncanny Avengers Secret Empire story, Shocker was shown to be a reasonable man who makes bad choices. This story has been keeping with that theme. The Shocker is a man who wants to better his standing but chooses crime to make that happen. Throughout the issue, Kamala tries to reason with Shocker. Ms. Marvel sees Shocker as a man who is not above saving.
Bruno gets a return to form in this issue as Ms. Marvel’s friend and sidekick. He is trying to find a way to close the portals opened by Shocker’s experiments with the help of a Professor X holographic interface ( like an X-Men version of Amazon Echo). The series’ biggest strength is in the way the community of Jersey City interacts with Ms. Marvel so having Bruno be a part of that again is great. Bruno acts as the awkward everyman who becomes a hero by doing what he can to help.
If there one thing that I feel this series struggles with it would be the endings to the story arcs. The finales can be so abrupt or unnatural. I felt this is one instance where that didn’t happen. The solution to the problem felt fitting and not like a deus ex machina meant to write a way out of a corner. The pacing of the story was far more satisfying than some previous stories.
The art in the series always looks great. Nico Leon always adds a ton of detail to slower moments and splash pages. The panels often have single colors are less detail to shift focus on characters when there are moments of action. That style is one that I have loved this entire time and continue to love. I also enjoyed a small cameo from Spider-Man that I am sure is just for fun.
This issue is the final chapter of a story arc so it is hard to say you shouldn’t go back at the start the story from the beginning. This issue has enough action that I think it would be easy to understand the issue, however. Reading this issue without having picked up the previous issues would still be enjoyable. I would pick up this issue because Kamala is delightful and this series is a joy to read.
Ms. Marvel #35
The battle between the Shocker and Ms. Marvel ends with a more action-heavy issue that is very enjoyable. The cameo from Singularity does not amount to much, but other cameos worked. Nico Leon does such a great job of balancing action and slower moments. Even without having read the previous issues to this arc I can recommend this issue.