Comic Review – Generations: The Marvels #1 (Marvel Comics)

Our pal Kit reviews comics for us! This is one of those reviews.

Warning: minor spoilers.

“Umm… protesting stuff? And unicorns.” Kamala Khan

Me again this week, next week I’ll be off on my honeymoon as I get married on the 22nd! This week I wanted to this new Generations run Marvel are currently doing. Ms. Marvel has always been a figure who I’ve liked the idea of but have never read up on as much as I’d have liked to, when I saw the Ms. Marvel and Ms. Marvel comic come up this week I figured it’d be a good place to start which appears to be the intention with the Generations – giving an easy pick up point for new readers to explore characters they want to get involved with, and if they’re a fan of the classic they get to know who is wearing those boots in 2017. This comic was bought to us by:

  • Writer – G. Willow Wilson
  • Artist – Paolo Villanelli
  • Colourist – Ian Herring
  • Letterer – VC’s Joe Caramangna

In this issue Kamala Khan, the current incarnation of Ms. Marvel, has been thrust back in time, for reasons. There isn’t much of an explanation as to how she’s got there, but that’s comic books for you. From what I’ve seen this is a theme in all the Generations releases and may well be explained as a more overarching theme. She finds herself in what appears to be the 60s with second wave feminism in the process of taking off. Through a series of accidents she finds herself working for Carol Danvers at the Daily Bugle on a leading women’s magazine insert. Naturally there’s an alien takeover attempt (maybe not quite in the way you expect) and both Ms. Marvels team up to kick some ass. As you may expect there are feminist overtones to the issue, with Kamala making some key points which feel as relevant today as they would have back in the 60s.

Villanelli and Herring’s work has been done through a rather vintage lens. The colours appear faded and with the exception of Kamala much of the art looks like you were looking at it through an early colour TV set. Naturally this makes Kamala stand out and look even more out of place. As always with Kamala in the action Villanelli appears to have had some fun playing with size and proportions during the battles, however Kamala often feels like she’s taking a back seat to Carol’s lead.

60s or not though, can Villanelli draw hands? Reading the issue while paying particular attention to the hands you see a lot of the character’s personality and mood communicated through them. Danvers feels in control and confident while Kamala’s body language is often nervous as if she feels out of place (of course). There’s also plenty to look at during combat and I think Villanelli certainly can draw hands. 9/10 for hand drawing skills!

Final Verdict

I enjoyed this, it was a fun issue which has hooked me in to pick up more Ms. Marvel comics, its best not to think of some of the potential plot issues though. Well done Marvel, your promotion is working.

Score: 8.5 Ridiculously Cheap Outfits out of 10

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