Ms. Marvel begins the final battle against the Inventor. This fight tests all the skills she has acquired so far. Ms. Marvel #11 offers:
- Artwork with great ability to capture senses.
- Characters that are strongly constructed.
- Great insights from Ms. Marvel’s thoughts and decisions.
The artwork captures movement and sound through use of repetition and lettering. Small Easter Eggs hidden in the artwork show a good sense of humour. Some panel crowding issues are balanced by short and to the point text boxes.
Ms. Marvel has several major insights during the battle against the Inventor. The artwork captures movement during one of these scenes by showing Ms. Marvel weaving through the complex, hard machinery of the Inventor’s attack robot. The insightful point is to think “smart” and not “hard”. Technical knowledge is more valuable than brute force.
Ms. Marvel moves around the teeth of heavy cogs. The art shows Kamala several times on the pages as she shape shifts through the machine. Repetition marks Kamala’s progress toward the robots CPU. This effect captures a sense of movement.
Lettering gives a strong sense noise when the robot crashes to the concrete floor.
Small Easter Eggs scattered throughout the artwork add to the positive tone. For example, when Ms. Marvel calls a friend for help, the phone screen – a tiny, luminous square in a dark bedroom – reads “Kamala is a calling: yay or nay”.
One character has a dress and fighting style that resembles Ness from the cult game Earthbound. His
red cap reads “Legit Cricket club”. His baseball bat reads “Bobby Beisbol”.
Snippets like this in the artwork add to the brighter, positive tone of the comic book.
Lockjaw – the teleporting bulldog – looks unusual in this comic, however. It’s hard to see his eyes and face. At times, the panels appear cluttered. The choice of small word boxes with succinct dialogue eases the reading experience, which balances the art overall.
The main source of conflict comes from older generations harshly judging Generation Y. The Inventor shows off his solution – use the layabout Generation Y as as a power source. Ms. Marvel sees through him, pointing out his flawed argument while knocking his plan to the ground.
The title of this story is “Generation Why”. The main conflict between the hero and the villain contrasts an older group judging a younger group. The Inventor himself is in no position to criticise any generation. He is a cloned creature. Probably less than a year old. Despite this, the villain takes a sharp and judgemental position. He says Generation Y does not understand hard work and sacrifice. He implies that youth obsession with a social media following is a dire weakness common to all Generation Y.
He’s built a machine that captures and holds people, using them as a power source. He argues it is environmentally friendly, and is helping solve overpopulation problems, putting the layabout generation to good use.
Ms. Marvel sees through his argument. She says “I think you’re a wannabe evil genius who thinks he’s saved the future when really he’s just given up on it”. She also comments on his pied piper complex. This shows a a complex villain. He despises communities and followings, yet desires one himself to the point where he would capture and imprison people just to be surround by them.
It’s Ms. Marvel’s brings down the self-important Inventor, and offers some valuable thoughts on trust, technical knowledge, and asking for help.
Through Ms. Marvels thoughts and actions, values emerge. It’s a positive experience to see the world from her point of view. A final insight closes the comic: the importance of staying connected and engaged with friends and wider communities.
At several points throughout the comic book, Ms. Marvel comments on why she is making a certain decision. Through her thoughts and actions, several values emerge. Ms.Marvel’s comments include:
- “We need to be able to count on each other – no matter what.” Trust is a value.
- “Small is a whole other issues. Small means thinking smart, not hard.” Technical knowledge over brute force.
- “Nobody can be all things to all people.” Knowing that it’s okay to ask for help.
The comic summarises this issue again at the end of the narrative, where Ms. Marvel offers a final insight: Real life, staying connected and informed with friends and wider communities, is essential. Otherwise, characters like the Inventor can easily trick and bewilder. This value closes the comic, adding to the positive tone throughout Ms. Marvel #11.
Ms.Marvel #11 is published by Marvel Comics. ($2.99 USD). G. Willow Wilson (W.) Adrian Alphona (A.) Ian Herring (C.) VC’s Joe Caramagna (L.) Cover Artwork by Kris Anka.