It was new comic book day yesterday! What’d you all get? What’d you like? What’d you dislike? Sound off in the comments below. While you think about that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.
Lifehacker – A Non-Geek’s Guide to Getting Into Comics – How would you get in to comics?
ICv2 – First Second Launching ‘World Citizen Comics’ – This is really cool to see.
AIPT! – Age of Conan: Belit #1
Newsarama – Age of X-Man: Apocalypse and the X-Tracts #1
Comicsverse – Assassin Nation #1
Newsarama – The Batman Who Laughs: The Grim Knight #1
IGN – The Batman Who Laughs: The Grim Knight #1
Comicbook – The Batman Who Laughs: The Grim Knight #1
Newsarama – The Magnificent Ms. Marvel #1
IGN – Transformers #1
Comics Bulletin – Transformers #1
Newsarama – Transformers #1
Geekdad – Wonder Twins #2
It’s not business as usual in Jersey City. Aliens are wreaking havoc in Kamala’s corner of the world, and they seem weirdly interested in Ms. Marvel…and her family.
It’s a brand new era for Ms. Marvel as a new creative team has taken on the character. Writer Saladin Ahmed takes over for G. Willow Wilson and right away differentiates his take with an interesting framing for the story.
Magnificent Ms. Marvel #1 is told from two perspectives. One is a bedtime story told by an alien to their child about the “Destined One,” who is Ms. Marvel. Ahmed though also focuses on Kamala and her attempt to balance her personal and superhero lives. What Ahmed does that’s good is that the comic acts as a really solid introduction for new readers. There’s an explanation of Kamala’s origin and sets up her world for those who might not know.
The alien aspect is an odd one that judgement is reserved to see where it all goes. The story has a lot of potential and it feels like something different but with the framing and the threat faced, plus that last page, the story is a lot of setup and mystery. That’s not bad but it’s hard to judge overall. The mystery is good. What’s presented different. But, it also feels a bit different than the more grounded expectations for the character.
The art by Minkyu Jung with ink by Juan Vlasco, color by Ian Herring, and lettering by Joe Caramagna is good. There’s some solid action sequences and they’re balanced well with the “quieter” moments of the issue. The style also continues what we’d expect from the series giving Ms. Marvel fans a consistent look. The aliens are interesting in their concept but their look isn’t anything special in that they look like things we’ve seen before elsewhere.
The issue isn’t bad but also doesn’t quite pop. There’s some solid mysteries set up and there’s more than enough to want to see where the comic goes but as is, this feels like an issue that may read better as part of a trade than on its own.
Story: Saladin Ahmed Art: Minkyu Jung
Ink: Juan Vlasco Color: Ian Herring Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read
Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review
The Magnificent Ms. Marvel #1
(W) Saladin Ahmed (A) Minkyu Jung (CA) Eduard Petrovich
In Shops: Mar 13, 2019
MS. MARVEL IS BACK!
ALL-New ongoing series from Eisner Award-winning writer Saladin Ahmed!
But it’s not business as usual in Jersey City. Aliens are wreaking havoc in Kamala’s corner of the world, and they seem weirdly interested in Ms. Marvel…and her family. Eisner Award-winner Saladin Ahmed (BLACK BOLT, EXILES) and rising star Minkyu Jung (Batgirl, Nightwing) take the reigns of one of Marvel’s most beloved new characters! You won’t want to miss this shocking start of a new era!
Marvel has announced that this spring, Eisner Award–winner Saladin Ahmed and rising star Minkyu Jung will take the reins of one of Marvel’s most beloved new characters in The Magnificent Ms. Marvel #1!
Ahmed’s taking over means long time writer G. Willow Wilson will move on from the character ending her tenure as writer. Ms. Marvel, Kamala Khan, was introduced in 2014 and went on to star in her own series as well as others like Champions and Marvel Rising. She was created by Wilson, Adrian Alphon, Stephen Wacker, and Sana Amanat.
The Magnificent Ms. Marvel #1 features a main cover by Eduard Petrovich and variants by Elsa Charretier and Babs Tarr. You can find it on shelves March 13, 2019.