Ms. Marvel #16 Review

Written by: G. Willow Wilson

Art by: Adrian Alphona and Ian Herring

Publisher: Marvel

There are a few Marvel titles ending their runs through tie-ins under the banner “Last Days of…”. “Ms. Marvel” is one of those titles and once I realized that the book would revolve around Kamala having to deal with a threat as big as the end of the world, I couldn’t help but wonder how she would deal with this itty bitty problem. “Ms. Marvel” #16 is as pleasing as I’d hoped it’d be, but there are still some things weren’t.

Jersey City and the people in it are important to Kamala. She’s been defending it and its various citizens against people such as a Thomas Edison bird clone thing and mischievous Inhumans. She’s been successful so far, but right now she’s dealing with something that she cannot anything about. Kamala is dealing with heartbreak, the tug-of-war between her hero duties and family and the weight of her town as everything is about to end and the pressure is getting to her. It’s been easy to relate to Kamala this entire run, even now, as something as fictitious as the end of the world occurs, we can still identify with the weight and pressure that the world can apply onto a teenager.

This issue could have been a complete tear-fest, but the humor that’s been presented throughout Wilson’s run has made it to the end of the world. Kamala’s mission to save as much people as possible highlights why she cares so much about these people. This theme flowed nicely through the issue until one scene where a returning character comes in and interrupts this flow. While I’m expecting the next issue to bring everything full circle with the theme of identity (especially with the last page we’re left with), it would’ve been nice to see it touched upon the entire final arc.

Adrian Alphona and Ian Herring (along with other guest artists and the fantastic lettering) have been able to magnificently balance humor, darkness and a few other heavy emotions with pitch perfect pencils that show appropriate facial expressions and colors that skillfully set the tone for a scene. It’s good to know that Alphona and Herring are here to close out a run that they set a high standard for, as every compliment given to this volume applies to this issue.

I’m expecting the next issue to be joyous, sad, humorous and a ton of other things. This issue has set up a premise that makes me impatient to see how it all ends and how G. Willow Wilson and Co. take on what could be a memorable finale.