Thursday, 30 April 2009

Ms Marvel #38 review

I was a big supporter of the early issues of Brian Reed's Ms Marvel, but as her determination to be 'the best of the best' led her to become a bloodthirsty government lapdog, my interest waned. Finally, my loyalty to Carol Danvers checked out along with her humanity. And she died. Well, Marvel-died, as the series recap at the beginning of this issue makes clear (click on the extract if your super-vision is failing). Until Carol does the Phoenix tango, former Thunderbolt member Moonstone is filling in and to be honest I don't notice that much of a difference.

The costume is the monstrosity of old, yes, but it's still an angry blonde killing without compunction. The deaths come as the issue opens with the new Ms Marvel stopping a bank truck robbery and finding herself a popular lady. The rest of the book concerns her encounter with Norman Osborn's new in-house psychiatrist and it's well done, providing an insight into Karla Sofen's personality while throwing in a twist of two.

My problem is that an issue full of Moonstone is a strong brew. As a member of the Thunderbolts I found her triumphs and failures fascinating, but there she was just one of a number of villains at different stages of their journey to redemption (or not). Here it's all Karla, all anger. That is not a misleading cover. She's a slightly nastier version of a character who became so nasty that I dropped her book.

So while I appreciate that this is a pretty well-crafted comic from Reed and artist Rebekah Isaacs, I'll accept that it's not for me. Hopefully when the original Ms Marvel returns, she'll be a tad sweeter and we can be friends again. Oh, one more thing, would someone please retire this Marvel Comics cliche? Twice on one page?

4 comments:

  1. "The Hell?" has been driving me crazy for years. Bendis started it but now EVERYONE uses it. Ugh.

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  2. It's better than the "Hhh!'s" and "Nnn's" and stuff like that we're getting everywhere in Trinity these days. What's up with that?

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  3. To me Ms Marvel is Carol Danvers who has a huge history. I bought the 3 issues with the Phil Jimenez covers, but I'm not interested in reading about this Moonstone character I don't care about, so I'm dopping the title.

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  4. No better, huh? It looks like Carol is coming back very soon - hopefully with a personality transplant.

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