Weekend Shorts: Fighting Bad Guys

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 2: “Generation Why”, by G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona, and Jacob Wyatt
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 2So, true story, I have owned this book for a while, but I also ordered it for my library so I was completely irrationally waiting for it to arrive so I could read the library copy instead. I’m weird, even to me. The library copy still hasn’t arrived, but I could not wait any longer to dive into part 2 of Kamala Khan’s saga.

In this volume, Kamala sets off to rescue her friend’s brother and also take down this weird bird-man enemy that was introduced at the end of the first volume. Turns out he’s totally not a bird, but a Thomas Edison clone who was accidentally spliced with bird DNA. As you do? It also turns out that The Inventor (his villain name) is using all the teens he’s been disappearing as a fuel source, as you… do… Then there’s some nonsense about millennials and their usefulness and it is heavy-handed as only this Ms. Marvel can do (because she can embiggen her hand, see, and I would presume that would make it much heavier) but I’m letting it go because WOLVERINE.

Early on in the book Ms. Marvel runs into that famous mutant, who is also investigating the weird stuff going on and who amazingly does not run in the other direction when he finds out that Kamala write fanfiction about him. Because of course she does. The amazing squee faces that the artist throws in throughout their interactions are literally the best ever. I want to squee like that. We also find out just how exactly Kamala came into her powers (spoiler: Inhumans!) and get a peek into some organization that is I guess working with the Inhumans, I don’t know, this is the only Marvel comic I read. The point is, it’s intriguing, and I can’t wait to read the next one, so it’s good that I waited this long because Volume 3 is already out!

Rat Queens, Vol. 2: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N’rygoth, by Kurtis J. Wiebe, Roc Upchurch, and Stjepan Šejić
Rat Queens, Vol. 2I really liked the first volume of this largely because it was cute and weird and kind of fun, but even though this volume takes a MUCH darker turn I am still totally in.

This volume starts right after the drunken debauchery that ends the first volume, with everyone still a little hungover until Dee’s heretofore-unheard-of husband shows up. He’s not here just for his wife, though; it turns out that someone is using a very important cult relic to do very strange things with time and space, as evidenced by the very confusing storylines that follow. We jump back and forth with no warning between the various Queens’ childhoods, where we get to learn what makes these ladies tick, and the present, where the mysterious Someone is torturing the town’s Guard Captain.

I liked the leaps into the past as a fun if clichéd way to get some backstory, and I was totally intrigued by what we learn about each of the Queens. I wasn’t too sure about the frame story with the torture and the cult religion and whatnot, but I suppose we’ll see how that plays out in the next volume.

What great comics are you guys reading?