Ms Marvel 2014

NaBloPoMo 2016 #14
Media Monday

Comic Review
No Spoilers

Ms. Marvel Vol. 1Ms. Marvel Vol. 1 by G. Willow Wilson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Series: Ms. Marvel 2014
Issues: 1-19

Presenting the international sensation: the all-new Ms. Marvel! Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City – until she’s suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! When Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she also unlocks a secret behind them. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her prove too much to bear? Kamala has no idea, either. But she’s comin’ for you, Jersey! It’s history in the making from acclaimed writer G. Willow Wilson (Air, Cairo) and beloved artist Adrian Alphona (Runaways)!

This is a review for the entire Ms Marvel 2014 run, which is 19 total issues which I read over two days (praise the Lord for hours spent in doctor waiting rooms, I suppose) and yes, that sounds like a lot because it kind of was.

Move over Scarlet Witch, Kamala Khan might be my new second favorite super-her0 (behind Doctor Strange, of course) and she should be yours too. She’s funny, she’s energetic, and she’s just what the world needs. As much as I read, and as much as I try to read diversely, I’ve never had a Pakistani-American Muslim presented as a superhero who’s ready to save the day. (If you’ve seen this kind of character before, please tell me because I need to read it).

Kamala is funny, brave, and very relatable. She struggles to find a balance between her Muslim family and upbringing, the modern world she lives in, and the challenges of being a super hero. There are even a lot of Islamic phrases and terms used by the characters to provide an added layer of believability, but don’t worry about getting lost, whenever those terms are used they make sure to add in a definition.

The supporting characters are just as wonderful and diverse as Kamala, from her immigrant parents, to her hyper-religious brother (who is the kind of devout a Muslim should be, not an extremist which he, being a pacifist, is strongly against), her best friend Nakia, and her best friend and co-conspirator Bruno.

I don’t want to spoil any of the story line for you, but I will say that there are a few cameos from other famous marvel characters, but they never take the spotlight away from Kamala.

If comics are at all your thing, I suspect you’ll really love the new Ms. Marvel!

Doctor Strange: The Oath

NaNoBloMo 2016 #11
Comic Review
No Spoilers!

Doctor Strange: The OathDoctor Strange: The Oath by Brian K. Vaughan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Doctor Stephen Strange embarks on the most important paranormal investigation of his career, as he sets out to solve an attempted murder – his own! And with his most trusted friend also at death’s door, Strange turns to an unexpected corner of the Marvel Universe to recruit a new ally.

If you’re not familiar with The Oath and don’t want to read it, but you want to know what happens in it, Comic Pop has a great video that summarizes it pretty well. It may seem long at 54 minutes, but I promise that it’s completely worth it. I watched it after reading the comic and still learned from it (it is also hilarious and you will not be bored, I promise!).

I think this might be the single most famous Doctor Strange comic of all time, and thats even before Benedict Cumberbatch posed with it in a comic store (in costume!!) as you can see in the featured image. It’s technically a ‘limited run’ which means it was a planned series that was only five comics long, so its great to pick up and read in a day (which is what I did).

The Storyline

To elaborate on the synopsis without giving away any spoilers: Doctor Strange’s servant and best friend, Wong, has been diagnosed with an untreatable and inoperable brain tumor, which comes as a devastating blow to the doctor (its strongly suggested, that if it were not for the damage to his hands, he could have operated and saved Wong). Magic cannot directly be used to treat cancer, so Strange goes in search of a magical elixir that may hold the cure. Of course, once he possesses it, word gets out that he has it, and everyone wants to get their hands on the cure for cancer.

Strange is shot by one such person, a merc for hire by the name of Brigand (very original, I know) and Wong takes him to the practice of the Night Nurse, a woman by the name of Linda Carter who provides medical help to superheroes (since visiting a normal doctor would be a bad way to maintain a secret identity). When Doctor Strange still insists upon going after Brigand, despite his injury and Wong’s illness, the Night Nurse insists upon coming as well, because, “If you pop a stitch in the field, and Wong is too busy having a massive brain aneurysm to repair it, who do you think is going to help you finish your little mission?”

The three are a less than ideal team, and they are at constant odds with each other (although, more than anything it is Doctor Strange vs the Night Nurse and Wong thinking the entire matter is a waste of time and energy) and doubting in one another’s abilities. The villain is not who you, or Doctor Strange, is expecting, however his entire rogue’s gallery get a shoutout or a cameo.

But beyond having a great cast of characters, a lot of references to other comics, and a compelling storyline, the Oath also deals with a lot of difficult topics, including cancer, a doctor’s Hippocratic Oath (hence the title), and the debate of the good of the many versus the good of the few.

Overall

It one of my favorite Doctor Strange stories of all time, and one of the most popular. This is for good reason. The art is fantastic and consistent throughout, and the narrative is easy to follow and you don’t need any knowledge of Doctor Strange or the Marvel Comic Universe in order to follow along.

Without spoiling the Doctor Strange movie, I can say that there are several nods to this comic. You won’t be lost if you haven’t read it and go to see the movie of course, but I really loved finding all the little references and nods throughout the film.

Avatar: The Last Airbender Season 1

Media Monday
TV Show Review
Contains Spoilers?

This goes on the very long list of things that I was the last person on earth to watch, and I’m kind of ashamed by that.

Of course, its not entirely my fault, I’d never even heard of it until high school, and at that point I wasn’t about to buy all of it to watch. So after my best friend discover that it was available on Amazon Prime video I didn’t have any excuse not to watch it.

I had a hard time getting into it at first. Its entirely possible that I was tool old getting into it, because I kept thinking “well that’s not realistic!” and having a hard time remembering that, as a kid’s show, its not meant to be realistic. Once I managed to convince myself of that, around episode seven or eight, I had much more fun and really started to get into it more.

The Characters

One thing that I had heard about this series was how diverse it was, and I’m forced to agree with that. It was incredible. I really found myself getting into all the characters, even the villains (and I am not the kind of person who is typically interested in villains).

Aang

I really loved Aang, he’s such a sweet character and I feel really bad for him and just want him to succeed. He also has the world’s best pet.

Katara 

She may very well be the best part of the entire show. She’s so no-nonsense and won’t let anything – especially sexism – get in her way. But she’s not just a fighter, there’s a whole other layer to her, and she’s allowed to be weak at times, unlike many ‘fighter girl’ characters.

Sokka

At first I couldn’t stand him because he was just so sexist and annoying,

Zuko

He’s one of the best villains ever written and there were times I found myself cheering for him over the heroes.

Uncle Iroh 

I wouldn’t consider Zuko’s uncle to be a villain by any means, but he’s definitely a complex character and I can’t wait to see how he continues to be developed.

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Thor: The World Eaters

Comic Review
Spoilers under a readmore

Thor: The World EatersThor: The World Eaters by Matt Fraction

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Genre: Comic Book
Publisher: Marvel
Series: Thor #615-621

One of my friends has been pestering me for months to get into reading comics, so I finally did, but, against her wishes, its not the X-Men that I read first. It was Thor.

I apologize X-Friend, but this was good.

A different friend of mine – you may have noticed, but all my friends are nerds – convinced me to read the kid Loki comics, and this is where he’s introduced, so this is where I started. I know very little about comics, I’ve only read a small handful of them, and most of them are by Matt Fraction (his Hawkeye is the best) and so I was pretty excited to read this.

This also takes place just after the infamous Lady Loki that everyone talks about (and let me tell you, she deserves to be talked about!) and its really quite great, and also after Ragnarok (I’m not sure if its related in any way to the upcoming movie).

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