MS MARVEL #29 by G Willow Wilson, Nico Leon, Ian Herring, VC's Joe Caramagna, Valerio Schiti, Rachelle Rosenberg
MS MARVEL #29 showcases the narration as furthering the plot, and the dialogue as fleshing out characters. The illustration has very clean and intentional detail. The coloring grounds the reader through the down to earth feeling it creates. Overall it's a strong addition to the series.
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Life can be complicated, especially for superheroes. In MS MARVEL #29 readers get to see how complicated things have become for Kamala Khan and her friends. Even after the return of Ms Marvel, writer G. Willow Wilson and artist Nico Leon show readers that things have been and will become even more complicated.

Complications Described

Now that Kamala has returned to Jersey City and resumed her job as Ms Marvel, things should get easier, right? Wrong. In MS MARVEL #29, things seem pretty normal at first. Kamala’s sister-in-law has a baby, and Kamala is excited to be an aunt. After that, things become more complex. While on patrol, Red Dagger shows up in front of Ms Marvel. He asks her to close her eyes, and when she does, he kisses her. Immediately after, Kamala sees Bruno standing on the street, having seen them kiss. Naturally, it becomes clear to Bruno that he’s missed a lot.

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Complex Writing to Create Complications

MS MARVEL #29 makes excellent use of narration to further the plot. G. Willow Wilson provides readers with the narration outlining the overarching themes of the issue. In addition to doing this, the narration also helps to foreshadow things to come. In some cases, it foreshadows things that happen in the next few panels. The best example of the narration furthering the plot is when Kamala finishes kissing Red Dagger. She notes “And as usual, because this is my life we’re talking about…” This line implies that something is about to happen. In addition, the sarcastic tone of the line tells readers it’s not something she’d be happy about. In the very next panel, we see that Bruno is back and saw Kamala kissing Red Dagger. That one line foreshadowed what becomes a large talking point between the characters in this issue.

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G. Willow Wilson also makes great use of dialogue to flesh out characters. The best example of this can be seen in Bruno’s behavior when at the airport. Bruno refuses to use a wheelchair. Because of this, readers can see how stubborn he is. His stubbornness isn’t the only thing shown in this interaction. Bruno states “it makes it really real” when his friend insists that Bruno use the wheelchair. This one line shows how Bruno is so upset about his injured arm and leg that he has trouble fully accepting it. This quality makes him real to readers. It makes sense that he feels this way. Many people, when dealing with big problems, don’t want to believe the reality of the situation either. The relatability to Bruno that G. Willow Wilson creates is what makes him real to readers.

Clear Art for a Complicated Situation

Nico Leon’s art doesn’t complicate things in MS MARVEL #29. The illustration is clear, clean, and precise. Details have an importance in this art style, but they don’t take over the comic. The lines of detail in things like the hair of various characters appear very clean. They do not appear shaky or messy. The patterns created by the lines do not seem unintentional.  This clarity in the illustration helps to ground the reader. Things have become complicated in MS MARVEL #29, and the clean lines give the reader a sense of stability. It tells the reader that while a lot is happening, there’s still something familiar to hold on to: the art style. In this world, things change at the drop of a hat. Once readers have something to ground them in the comic’s world, they can move through these changes more easily.

Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment

The coloring of MS MARVEL #29, done by Ian Herring, creates a very down to earth feeling to the comic. Yes, things are getting more complicated, but these complications mostly take place outside of Kamala’s superhero life. The grounded feeling we get from the coloring reminds us that these are very human problems for Kamala to have. The coloring creates this effect through warm tones. Almost every page features warm colors. The only pages where readers don’t see a lot of warm colors are in the airport and in the storeroom of a convenience store. In the case of the storeroom, the lack of warm colors represents the return to less ordinary topics as Kamala tells Bruno what he has missed. Every other more normal situation is surrounded by warm colors. Therefore, the warms colors also serve to ground the readers in the comic.

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Life Goes On in MS MARVEL #29

In MS MARVEL #29, life continues, with many complications. The narration furthers a plot reflecting these problems, and the dialogue complicates characters in great ways. The illustration uses clear and intentional detail to ground the reader while the world becomes more complex. Ian Herring’s palette also uses warm colors to ground the reader.

The craft of MS MARVEL #29 is put together extremely well. When the last story arc ended with Ms Marvel’s return, I was so excited to see what would come next. I certainly wasn’t expecting so many complications in Kamala’s personal life. Honestly, I’m very glad I got some. They connected me to the story more, to see that it wasn’t always amazing fights and other superhero work. This has made it an undoubtedly strong comic.

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