Ms Marvel #33 - Review. Sparse Backgrounds
Ms Marvel #33
Writer: G. Willow Wilson
Artist: Nico Leon
Color Artist: Ian Herring
After the events of the Ms Marvel annual, Ms Marvel #33 feels fairly pedestrian. And that's ok. Recall that I've stated that my idea of a great run of comics is one that consists of some fair-to-middling issues interspersed with some RBIs and a handful of homeruns now and again. So it's fine that there is a "normal" issue; I just want to avoid being on a book that routinely dishes out stinkers. And this is not that.
Ms Marvel #33 continues with Kamala and her friend, Bruno, trying to reconcile the entropic transformations that Kamala is going through ever since they ran tests on her and her power-set in the lab. Often shrinking unintentionally, Ms Marvel continues trying to find ways to contend with the Shocker, who has come to roost in NJ due to his view of NJ having few resident super-heroes.
The story here is pretty familiar content. Kamala is struggling, still, with the problems that surfaced in Ms Marvel Annual, and she would just as soon not spend time on a low-grade villain like the Shocker. But the complications caused by her powers randomly asserting themselves in unplanned ways…shrinking right before she is about to grab him seems to happen quite often…causes the fight to go on longer than she had planned. In the spaces between, we get some nice touches of deeper character insights, and among these, and really for the whole issue, the star of the show is Shocker. He does a bit where he talks aspirationally about becoming Ms Marvel's arch-nemesis. Having Kamala then also mutter in response about how she doesn't need an arch-nemesis…there's some good craft here.
On art, again, things are the norm, but appear to lag behind the craft displayed in the Annual. Maybe a bit unfair to make that comparison, I just struggle to put my fingers on anything remarkable and above expectations. There is some nice panel work and mixing up of standard layouts. I will say again that I love what Ian Herring does with a pretty constrained color palette; from the brownish end of the spectrum, he really makes colors pop without a lot of over-saturation. It's subtle and that makes it a stand-out from other colorists. I do like what Leon does with Ms Marvel's trailing scarf ends. It's kind of like a riff on a cape and I love where he makes it flow and become part of her action sequences.
SCORE: 7.0 / 10
Ms Marvel #33 is a fine drum beat in the overall series. For those who have this ongoing in their regular pull, there shouldn't be any qualms. Even those doing a check-in or new readers with a firm footing in Marvel lore, enough to get the inside baseball jokes with the Shocker, will certainly find this enjoyable. It has enough action in it and moves the story along well enough. For me, and I do have this in my regular monthly pulls, I'm waiting for another major drum beat. This issue worked fine enough for me, but I think I am waiting to get back to a bit more complex of a backdrop for Kamala to play off of, with other members of the supporting cast. This storyline with just Kamala, Bruno, and the Shocker, feels a bit isolated and sparse. I get why we're here; because we just had the cavalcade of dozens of supporting cast members in the last arc + the annual. Still, that's the stuff that interests me personally, and admittedly Kamala's relationships with other women versus her boy-relationships. So I'll wait, and hope that we can get through the remainder of this storyline quickly.