Friday, March 03, 2006

Ms. Marvel

Joining the ranks of resurrected Marvel titles such as Spider-woman, X-Force and Moon Knight is Carol Danvers AKA Ms. Marvel. And this hero goes back to basics - she's strong, she flies, and she can shoot energy beams. Very generic. Under the pen of Brian Reed and Roberto De La Torre, Ms. Marvel is seen as wasted potential. No, that's not my review of the issue. It's how Carol sees herself. She's like Superman, after all, except you know, a girl, and should be right up there with "the best of the best" (as the issue is titled). She looks back at her accomlishments and realizes that she has great potential to really be a powerful, accomplished force in the realm of superheros, but she's stuck with C-List status. Why? Because she's lazy. Because she doesn't push herself. So, in this comic, Carol vows to do just that: realize her potential. Become a force to be reckoned with. When she kicks Stiltman's ass, she wants him to know who she is. Ms. Marvel #1 is a great introduction to this character since this new outlook on life has forced her to look back and examine what she's done and who she is. It also forces her to set goals and tasks up before her to measure her progress. As a reader, we see who she's been, what she hopes to become, and how she plans to get there. Very laid out, easy to absorb. Of course, that's not to say the road isn't rocky. On her first time out, she encounters a few slip-ups (she gets tired, she calls for help instead of handling it herself, etc), reminding us that the road ahead isn't going to be easy on Ms. Danvers. So, all in all, a decent story's brewing here amid some rather mediocre art. It's certainly not a perfect, revolutionary comic or anything, but it is a good, colorful, traditional superhero comic.

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