Writer Saladin Ahmed
Penciler Minkyu Jung
Inkers Juan Vlasco with Minkyu Jung
Color Artist Ian Herring
Letterer VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Eduard Petrovich
Graphic Designer Carlos Lao
I didn’t think I had doubts about Saladin Ahmed and his authorship of this book, but after reading issue five, I must have, because now I find that I don’t. Apparently you can prove a negative.
This issue and the last, the only two I’ve read by Mr. Saladin as of writing, have everything you could want in a book with the adorable Kamala Khan. Great writing, witty dialogue and jokes, the issues that any teenager has with her parents coupled with super-powers, serious moments, boy troubles, and last but not least, her adoration of fan-fiction. At the end of the book she learns that a young alien boy has written the story of how she saved his planet Saffa, Kamala sees it as fan-fic about her and is characteristically thrilled by the idea, honestly I had a giant grin on my face while reading that.
One thing that did not have me grinning was the revelation on the very last page, we got to learn why Kamala spotted her father outside of a hospital last issue, and the news is not good. I’m going to be very upset with Saladin Ahmed if he doesn’t do some good ‘ole comic bookery and save my favorite New Jerseyan-by-way-of-Pakistan Dad. Kamala’s “Abu” has really grown on me these last few years and I’d like him to be around so he can enjoy his Grandkids.
While reading this book, or any book, I look for anything to constructively criticize so as to avoid an all-out love fest, since I don’t purposefully read books I don’t like, it keeps me honest and keeps the site interesting, but I couldn’t with this book. It’s simply that good. I know there have to be people that don’t like it, there’s always somebody who hates greatness, I feel bad for them, they need to get over whatever hurt them in the past and embrace the good things in life, for this is one of them.
Minkyu Jung and Ian Herring are, together, two-thirds of what makes this such a fun book. Their art is beautiful and fits the tone of the story and the character of Kamala perfectly. Minkyu Jung has a clean and sharp looking style with great movement and imaginative designs. The colorwork of Ian Herring is top-shelf and settles right into what Minkyu Jung has laid out for him, complimenting and making it better, often adding elements that weren’t drawn by Jung. I love the liberal use of purples, blues and pinks, as well. This is a book of fanciful, creative, and excellent art.
Instead of being courted by a handsome and shirtless, purple alien prince, stop at the bookstore, buy this book and…
Then get the princes’ phone number, if your into non-humans.