Title: No Normal
Author: G. Willow Wilson
Artist: Adrian Alphona
Series: Ms. Marvel #1-5
Rating: 5 Stars
120 pages – Published October 30th 2014 by Marvel
Ms. Marvel is one of the most accoladed comics of 2014, and not without reason. Defying the standard white-washed gendered comic conventions, Ms. Marvel has Marvel’s first muslim protagonist.
Shock-factor aside, Ms. Marvel is just a great comic with a great main character. I could relate with Kamala – her problems of identity, friendship, and independance are things every teen struggles with in some way or another. Kamala isn’t a stereotype, nor is she a caricature ridiculing the plights of the children of immigrant families. I found Kamala to be incredibly well done, and I really enjoyed her transformation into a super hero. Honestly, the only shocking thing about this all in my opinion, is the fact that Marvel waited so long with creating a non-Christian non-white main character.
Author: Ananth Panagariya
Artist: Tessa Stone
Rating: 2 Stars
169 pages – Published December 17th 2013 by Oni Press
Buzz! features a world where spelling bees are the shit, and there are even underground illegal bees where people face off – sometimes to the death. Webster falls into a bad crowd at the first day at school, and finds himself entering the spelling bee competition.
The art is done in a black and white style with bright yellow splashes. Sometimes the character’s shirts are yellow and black striped, bee-style. Spelling bee, bee colours, get it? Get it? The yellow splashes looked okay, but they were too bright and distracting while reading for me.
Though Buzz! is often compared to Scott Pilgrim, I barely saw any resemblance. The spelling bee fighting scenes were cluttered and unclear, the geeky humour absent, and the characters predictable and clichéd. Buzz! doesn’t quite hit the mark.
Title: The Faust Act
Author: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Jamie McKelvie
Series: The Wicked + The Divine #1-5
Rating: 5 Stars
144 pages – Published November 12th 2014 by Image Comics
The art in The Wicked + The Divine is stunning. The use of colour, the aesthetic, the panelling… This comic looks pretty damn amazing. Combined with an intriguing story and interesting characters, this makes for one awesome read. I read this digitally, but can’t wait to get a paper copy of it as well. I would love to reread the story and get to know the gods closer. And I’m very curious to see where the story leads in the next volume!