MS MARVEL #28 by G. Willow Wilson, Nico Leon, Ian Herring, VC's Joe Caramagna
Wilson gives us a Ms. Marvel full of humanity, through encouragement from Naftali. Nico Leon and Ian Herring work together to give us a very serious issue, without losing MS MARVEL's sense of humor.
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Heroic and Human

We’ve found her! In MS. MARVEL #28, we finally get to see Kamala Khan again. While her fate remains uncertain, this issue definitely shows us what kind of person Ms. Marvel really is. G. Willow Wilson, Nico Leon, and Ian Herring give us the strong return of Ms. Marvel that we’ve all been waiting for.

Enter Captain Marvel

In the previous issue of MS. MARVEL, the Inventor became motivated to enact his “final plan” to release enormous semi-robotic creatures to wreak havoc on Jersey City. With nowhere left to turn, the kids summoned Captain Marvel.

In MS MARVEL #28, Captain Marvel and the stand-in Ms. Marvels attempt to save the city. While this fight is only just beginning, Naftali finally locates Kamala as she hides out at a private school. After a deep conversation with Naftali, she realizes what she needs to do: Kamala Khan returns to Jersey City as Ms. Marvel once more to stop the bad guys.

Getting to Know Kamala in MS. MARVEL #28

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G. Willow Wilson gives us a closer look at Kamala Khan, why she left, and what she’s going to do next in MS. MARVEL #28. When Naftali finds her, Kamala seems confused and annoyed. After a peace offering in the form of a sandwich, Kamala opens up about everything that happened. In this, we get to see her as more than just a superhero. Naftali proceeds to comfort her and persuade her to come back. His words in that situation prove inspirational both to Kamala and to readers.

When Naftali finds Kamala, he naturally wants to know why she left, and why to an out of town private school, of all places. Kamala confesses her problems with all of the pressure put on her as Ms. Marvel and describes her desire to “just blend in.” She finds (as many superheroes do at some point) that although being a superhero is amazing, it’s far more taxing than normality. This outlook, while not necessarily uncommon, is humanizing. Readers can see that Kamala Khan is more than a peppy teenager with superpowers. She gets tired of life too, and she doesn’t always know what to do about it.

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It’s Naftali’s encouraging words that make a difference. He tells Kamala that her uniqueness is what keeps everything together. While that is not what Kamala wants to hear, he does tell her that she’s not alone. He lets her know that she has people willing to help her. This encouragement from Naftali shows excellent use of characterization to further the story. Without Naftali being as determined as he is, he might not have found Kamala, and she might not have come back.

Showing Creativity in Design and Color

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The art in MS. MARVEL #28 is impressive, as always. Nico Leon draws creative designs for the Inventor’s creatures. These illustrations are funny, as well as effective at depicting the panic in Jersey City. For example, a giant turtle with a robotic shell carries the Inventor. The way the turtle’s eyes bulge and its mouth stretches open is humorous. But the turtle is also easily the size of a house, conveying the panic it’s inducing in the city.

Colorist Ian Herring uses vibrant tones in MS. MARVEL #28 that serve to convey the urgency of the situation, both in Jersey City and in Naftali finding Kamala. The colors tell us the importance of every moment: when Kamala struggles to be true to herself as well as during the fight scenes. Captain Marvel and the Ms. Marvels’ costumes stand out against the green smoke erupting from the destruction, providing a strong contrast against the backgrounds.

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Final Thoughts

MS. MARVEL #28 is most definitely worth the read. G. Willow Wilson shows us that Ms. Marvel is still a person, above all else. We want to see a superhero that is relatable, and that’s what we are given. Nico Leon and Ian Herring remind us how serious the attack on Jersey City is, while still maintaining the series’ lightheartedness and humor. The balance between funny and scary, and between human and hero, hook us into the comic and keep us there.

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