Starting this week, Ms. Marvel is embarking on a series of team-ups in one-shot stories written by Jody Houser. First up is Wolverine, in an adventure set in New York with art by Ze Carlos. Considering Ms. Marvel just wrapped up the first season of her Disney+ show, and Wolverine is one of the most popular superheroes ever, it’s a match made in heaven. That said, is it an adventure worth exploring?
For fans of Ms. Marvel, the X-Men, and action-adventure comics, Ms. Marvel & Wolverine is a fun ride. X-Men fans will delight in knowing the X-Men treehouse plays a prominent role in this issue. The story is simple enough, opening with Ms. Marvel visiting the treehouse and noticing a nanobot that definitely shouldn’t be there.
Before she sees the nanobot, she notices Wolverine, and Houser reminds us he was one of the first team-ups she ever had. Casual fans will appreciate that and appreciate other flashback montaging that helps catch them up to speed.
The title of this one-shot features Wolverine, but it has a lot of key X-Men pop up. The preview shows Rogue and Jean Grey, but more pop up too. If you’re a fan of the Krakoa era of X-Men, you should pick this book up. Adding to that is some solid character work that could lead to future encounters with Ms. Marvel and the X-Men.
Carlos’s art is super clean and pleasing, capturing each X-Men character and their costumes well. Ms. Marvel’s age looks accurate too, which isn’t an easy thing to pull off. Even harder to pull off is Ms. Marvel’s embiggening powers, which have a good balance of weird and cool.
The enemy is a little less appealing, however, as it’s mostly what looks like swarms of tiny mosquitos. The story isn’t all that complex, maybe because the enemy is so simplistic. Expect lots of action that ends up feeling a bit redundant save for the cool heroes that pop into the story. There’s some potential with the cliffhanger, which will likely build in the next one-shot featuring Moon Knight. Ultimately, this story highlights the heroes more than anything.
The heroes are the best thing visually and make up for the lack of a cool villain, but it does leave you wanting. Colors by Erick Arciniega add a lot of brightness and fun color choices that lean into the fun of the classic comic narrative.
The new series of one-shots begins this week with Ms. Marvel & Wolverine in a fun adventure that features a ton of X-Men. In fact, the X-Men may be one of the biggest draws for casual fans, which is a good pairing with a well-written Ms. Marvel.
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