I was surprised when I levelled this review against Ms. Marvel. I have been consistently entertained by Brian Reed in my recent reading of back issues in order to get up to speed on Secret Invasion. After #25, which was a great introduction to the Skrull invasion, and some fun in the Avengers titles with this character, this issue really missed the mark.
The art in it is decent, if a bit inconsistent. Andrè Coelho draws a beautiful Ms. Marvel. She is strong and fit, with feminine curves. The artist draws her very much the way I would like to see Power Girl drawn more often over in the DCU. The body type he uses reminds me of female swimmers, with strong shoulders and long lines. However, the construction is off at times. The body positions on pages 2 and 3 for example look like the body is contorted while she moves. These types of errors appear all over the book, with Wonder Man's arch looking unnatural as he flies over Interstate 95. In the kissing scene on the third page from the end, both characters appear to be contorted, meaning that it is not restricted to just movement. Interestingly, the one character who was drawn consistently, and quite well, was the female Skrull. It almost feels like those panels received more attention than others.
Looking at the story, it goes from pretty good, to bad, to flat out ugly characterization of Ms. Marvel. She begins with indignant rage at the Skrulls and the kidnapping of Ms. Marvel's lover, the Kree spy William Wagner. She and her team head to rescue him from the Skrulls. After the team is fooled, the Skrull self-detonates and destroys the mini-carrier. After this, Ms. Marvel becomes a weepy weak willed placeholder for the hero I know. Several pages are committed to her languishing over all of her failures, as opposed to dealing with the immediate problems as a leader and a hero.
Finally, we head into the ultimate insult: she has to find comfort in bed with Wonder Man just so she “[doesn't] want to think about anything." This is apparently okay, because in the narration she knows it is wrong. This was insulting to me as a reader. Not only do we have yet another example of a woman who cannot deal with the world, but she has to jump into bed with some joker when she cannot deal with it. Worse, she does so immediately after trying to save her boyfriend who was recently revealed to be alive I realize that comic books are some times called “soap operas”, but do we really need to take the story in this particular direction?
My worst fear is what is coming: I am expecting issue after issue of angst about this affair with Wonder Man. Boy I hope not; this was a fun book.
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