Writer Saladin Ahmed
Artists Joey Vazquez with Alex Arizmendi
Color Artist Ian Herring
Letterer VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Eduard Petrovich
Graphic Designer Carlos Lao
I was hoping for an update on the status of Kamala’s father and his sickness in this issue, we didn’t get that, get well “Abu!” What we did get in this issue, however, was a great single book story, and the first appearance of a new villain, “Uncle Brett,” also known as, Monopoly, who I found positively uproarious.
I don’t know if I can keep reviewing this book every issue anymore, I’m not sure there are enough ways to accurately state how much I’m loving and enjoying it without sounding like a paid sponsor, or something. Writer Saladin Ahmed keeps finding ways to improve this book while being incredibly witty with the dialogue, characters and story.
Take, for example, the villain Monopoly who’s taken over a small town in New Jersey and named it after his company Rubicon, brainwashed his employees through a process called “orientation,” employees he refers to as “associates,” which is, again, hilarious, all while wearing a black turtle-neck sweater and going on about the jobs he’s created and the “growth” he’s bringing to Rubicon City. I could understand one not liking the story or the characters, we all have different tastes, but if you read this book and don’t recognize the many layers to its story and writing,I think I’d find myself having a hard time simply looking you in the eye.
The pencilwork was strong in this issue, very much so. Joey Vazquez has his own visual style that’s unique to him and, to me, it fits the tone and style of this book and Kamala’s personality. His depictions of Kamala using her powers are especially fun, think Kamala turning her right arm into a slingshot and shooting a bad guy away ala Reed Richards, and you’ll know what I mean. Mr. Vasquez also managed to draw the most perfect representation of a pouty teenage girl that I’ve ever seen in a book on page two, in the second panel, look at Kamala as she’s being escorted by Discord in power dampening cuffs and you’ll see what I mean. Great work there!
My only complaint, and it’s not a real complaint, is that his imagination was contained inside a warehouse and out in the woods for most of the issue, thus limiting his options for more creative environments, and characters, like Monopoly. Who looked fantastic when he turned into his creature form, consuming and absorbing all before him like the ravenous corporation turned corporeal-being he is.
Ian Herring, the colorist, did some great work as well. For most of the issue the colors seemed fine, neither great nor bad, but when I got to the scene where Kamala and her friends are being put into a van and then driven into Rubicon City, the colorwork became good, quite good. I especially like what Mr. Herring did in the top panel on the third page, with Kamala, Nakia, and Zoe sitting in the back of the van speaking with Discord about his life choices. Mr. Herring’s palette choices and his decisions on how to deploy those beautiful hues made the panels of which I speak stand out both visually and emotionally, helping to provide real weight to the story, I felt.
I couldn’t be happier with this series and the creators who are adding to, in my opinion, the canon of the best new character from Marvel in many years.
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