Taking on the Mean Girl in MS. MARVEL #30

Sometimes, it seems like the mean girls always win. Well, Kamala Khan won’t stand for that. MS. MARVEL #30, written by G. Willow Wilson and illustrated by Nico Leon, lets readers see how Ms. Marvel fights against injustice and mean girls.

School’s Back in Session in MS. MARVEL #30

When we last left Ms. Marvel, things seemed to be getting pretty hectic in her personal life. She and Red Dagger kiss, just in time for Bruno to return from Wakanda and see the whole thing. Because of that, a lot of long talks occurs. After all, Bruno and Kamala have a lot to work out between them. While things are getting complicated for Kamala, a strange new girl with terrifying strength shows up at school.

We pick up in MS. MARVEL #30 with more complications. As Ms. Marvel chases down a criminal, Red Dagger appears and wants to know the status of their relationship. As he starts to talk about revealing secret identities, Kamala panics and runs away. Meanwhile, at the school, things slowly become worse. The new girl gains a mass of students following her like puppy dogs. This girl is definitely not who she seems, and Kamala soon learns exactly who and what she really is.

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Trying to Keep It Together

Superheroes always have a lot going on, but so do their friends. MS. MARVEL proves this time and time again. G. Willow Wilson gives us another taste of the chaos in Kamala and her friends’ lives in MS. MARVEL #30. Wilson uses this disorder to create a captivating plo and to flesh out our favorite characters even more.

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Wilson combines the chaos of the superhero life with the chaos of the mundane life to give readers a captivating story. The hectic life Kamala faces as a superhero parallels and eventually merges with the disorder surrounding her civilian life as well. While Kamala panics over her relationship with Red Dagger, Zoe panics over the fact that Kaylee, the mean girl, is most likely a supervillain. These parallels work to make all aspects of the plot fit, and as it comes together it becomes more interesting. Even before the two problems collide, the build up makes the reader want to stay immersed in the story. The parallels tell you that a connection exists between the two aspects of the story. This leaves the reader anticipating the interaction.

Wilson uses the confusion surrounding everything in MS. MARVEL #30 to tell us more about some of the characters, specifically Kamala. From the first issue, we see her pushing against her parents’ rules about boys. However, now that she actually has not one boy but two in her dating pool, she panics. She can’t figure out what to do about Bruno and Red Dagger. When Red Dagger tries to address the situation, Ms. Marvel takes care of the bad guy and runs away. She clearly is not ready to deal with boy problems, at least not on her own.

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Sunsets and Fashion Statements

Nico Leon’s artwork in MS. MARVEL #30 maintains its usual excellence, plus a little something new.  Leon has this way of determining which details are important by not overloading the reader with details. This continues in MS. MARVEL #30, with details being pointed out in Kaylee’s clothes, marking her appearance as important. We never see Kaylee in the same outfit twice. Sometimes, we even see her in different outfits within the same day. This attention to what she wears tells us a lot about her character, which is what makes those details important. We know she cares about her appearance because she constantly maintains her fashion. So, from her ever changing wardrobe, we know she cares about what people think of her.

Ian Herring, as usual, does an excellent job coloring this issue of MS. MARVEL. The scene in MS. MARVEL #30 that best showcases Herring’s skill as a colorist is the scene on the boardwalk. The sun has started to set and a serious talk has begun between friends. This tense but fixable situation requires the right mix of colors. Herring casts a yellow glow over the characters as they face the sun, showing the pleasantness of the sunset itself and the way the situation is slowly diffusing. However, when a new stressor is thrown into the mix, the yellow becomes a darker orange. This shows things are becoming serious while also maintaining the illusion of the sunset. Overall, it is a very well done scene.

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At the End of the Day

MS. MARVEL #30 is a strong addition to the series. G. Willow Wilson uses the chaos surrounding characters to build parallels in the plot that make the reader want to continue. She also uses the confusion we see to tell us more about the characters, specifically about Ms. Marvel. The artwork does this as well. Nico Leon’s drawings featuring Kaylee’s wardrobe show us how this character cares deeply about appearances. Ian Herring’s coloring sets the right mood and changes it as the story moves along. The artwork is just as critical and useful as Wilson’s plot.

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I enjoyed reading MS. MARVEL #30. Kamala is always a relatable character. However, in this issue I feel she really embodies the problems of a teenager. She does this while also showcasing the problems of being a superhero. As usual, I am left impressed and wanting to see more of Ms. Marvel.

MS. MARVEL #30 by G Willow Wilson, Nico Leon, Ian Herring, VC's Joe Caramagna, Valerio Schiti, Rachelle Rosenberg
MS. MARVEL #30 shows order amongst chaos with parallels drawn in the plot and the disorder used to reveal more about characters. The art tells us a lot about characters as well, with coloring that helps to set the tone for the issue.
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