Probably my favourite Ms. Marvel volume so far. Kamala gets sucked into wider Marvel Universe events, and does her best to keep her people safe. The theme of family is so strong in this, and it’s done so beautifully. It’s really refreshing to see a teenage character’s family be both flawed and supportive. Plus, she finally gets to meet Captain Marvel, a meeting which is caused by catastrophe but which serves to strengthen them both. I’m sorry to see this particular run come to an end, especially when it’s due to another of Marvel’s ridiculous ‘THIS EVENT WILL CHANGE THE MU FOREVER/FIVE MINUTES’, but this was definitely a strong note to end on.
There’s potential in this team-up of Spider-Woman, Spider-Gwen and Silk, but this volume which collects issues from various titles just didn’t really work for me. The set-up of Jessica Drew serving as a mentor for alternate universe Spider-Women is a good one. Jess is older and more experienced than both Spider-Gwen and Silk, and they have the potential to learn a lot from her. They also both have an easy camaraderie with her. The problem is that they don’t get on with each other, and I don’t know why. Cindy is weird, admittedly, a far less optimistic version of Kimmy Schmidt, but Gwen seems to have no empathy for what she’s been through. It’s probably explained in that dreadful Spider-Verse event the characters all met during, but I’m not going to subject myself to any more of that particular mess! So yeah, good characters, good set-up, so-so storytelling.
In some ways, this takes a single joke and plays it for far too long, but I did enjoy it overall. When Suzie climaxes, time literally stops. The flashback sections that show us Suzie discovering her powers and trying to come to terms with them, were really well done, and the tone was deliciously wry. At a party she meets Jon, who turns out to have the same powers as her. For me, Jon’s flashbacks were a bit too crass. Fraction’s obviously trying to highlight the difference between how men and women view sex, but Jon’s flashbacks were too focused on porn for me. Jon’s also not a particularly likeable guy, which makes his relationship with Suzie and bit baffling. Suzie’s nice. She’s a good person, single-handedly trying to save the library she works in (are libraries in the USA not public buildings? This part of the story confused me a bit!). Part of her attraction to Jon is obviously finding out that they have the same ability to freeze time, but that doesn’t really explain why she goes along with his ridiculous plan to rob the bank he works at. I’m looking forward to seeing where this goes, but I’m not in a particular rush to pick the next volume up.
Laughably bad. It starts with Lara sitting in her office in the British Museum. Because why wouldn’t the British Museum employ one of the biggest cultural vandals of our times? She is also openly carrying a gun. Because that’s what British people do at work. Despite the strict gun laws, the strap a gun on their hips and wander into their job like it’s a-okay. The plot is weak, the characterisation is terrible, and the attention to detail is weak at best. Avoid!
Despite dealing with a probable world-ending event, there’s a quietness about this book. Augustine refuses to be evacuated from an Arctic research centre and finds himself alone until he finds a child who appears to have been abandoned with him. Meanwhile, the crew of a spaceship on their way home from a mission to Jupiter, lose contact with Mission Control. The chapter’s change from Augustine’s point of view to the point of view of the crew of the Aether, with both sets of characters coming to realise that they cannot contact anyone on Earth, and beginning to fear the worst. The book is less about the apocalypse though, and more about human relationships. There’s a great deal of hope shot through everything, despite the terrible circumstances that all the characters find themselves in. Plus, look at that cover <3
A story split into three distinct sections, for me. The first section, the set-up, was a bit ho-hum – a man is abducted and forced to strip and step through a mysterious door. The next section deals with him trying to figure out what happened to him, and again, it was okay but nothing special. It’s the third section that made this book worth reading for me. This is where the sci-fi explodes out of the thriller, and where you finally start to care for the characters. At last! I loved the last third of the book. It was bonkers, and really very clever, and it made slogging through the first two thirds worth it.