The body swap plot is one we’ve all seen in plenty of films, so why can’t superhero comics do it too? In Marvel Team-Up, Ms. Marvel and Spider-Man get their brain waves shot into each other’s heads. No big deal, they can fix it, right? Not when Peter has a job interview and Kamala has a big test tomorrow! The second issue from Eve Ewing and Joey Vazquez is here!
So what’s it about?
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Why does this matter?
The first issue set up each character very well and proved Ewing has a great handle on these characters. It also utilized the classic flip-a-comic feature so you could read each character’s point of view until they meet (and combine) at the middle of the book. Clever.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
Speaking of clever, Vazquez utilizes a few clever layout designs to convey the day in the lives of Kamala with Peter inside her body and Peter with Kamala inside his body. On the top of a double page layout is Peter’s day and on the bottom is Kamala with the panels separated by Spidey and Ms. Marvel logos. It’s a nice way of showing their days in tandem, but how they are different. The characters across the issue look sharp and highly detailed too. There’s also another effect as if a tube TV was out of sync when the characters swap bodies that are quite effective.
This issue proves Ewing and Vazquez have a very fun and fluffy story on their hands that’s hard to resist. Yes, we’ve seen this premise countless times, but both characters are so filled with positivity and personality it’s fun to see how they act in each other’s bodies. They’re both also very bright folks and yet they bungle things since they’re being thrust into such a weird situation. Seeing them figure out their powers, and even use them, is fun too.
It can’t be perfect, can it?
My big pet peeve of the first issue is quickly cleared up early on in the book. Spider-Man has had a few cases of this happening and it’s nice to see he’s fully aware. Of course, one might think Peter is intelligent enough to resolve it, but instead, the book leans heavily on them finding Yesenia. It’s a plot hole that’s glaring, but without it, they wouldn’t have all these fun situations.
The only other thing that seemed odd was how they were both totally cool with being in the opposite gender’s body. Shouldn’t one of these characters reference this? At one point Peter appears to get cramps, but aside from this Kamala seems way cool with being in a man’s body.
Is it good?
Marvel Team-Up is all about fun and it’s an easy recommendation for folks who want to smile and enjoy these two great superheroes.