The Magnificent Ms. Marvel #6 // Review
Kamala's up against a threat she can't fight as Ms. Marvel leaving her feeling powerless. Luckily she's got Tony Stark on speed dial. But she's about to learn even Tony's super genius can't solve everything. In the Magnificent Ms. Marvel #6 writer Saladin Ahmed along with penciler Minkyu Jung, inkers Juan Vlasco and Jung, and letterer VC's Joe Caramagna put Kamala through an emotional journey both in and out of costume. The results of which will affect her for life.
Saving the entire planet of Saffa was hard, but with the help of an alien army, Ms. Marvel did it and got her family home safely. Now they're back on earth and Kamala can go back to normal. Saving Jersey City, the occasional superhero team-up, and all the drama that comes with being a teenager-normal is relative when you're a superhero. Except, she can't. Her parents don't remember the journey to Saffa, they don't remember her secret identity, and her dad has a rare, incurable disease. It's a lot for one person, even a superpowered person, to handle.
Kamala says "... right now I'd give just about anything to not have to be magnificent," and that really sums up the tone of the issue. As Ms. Marvel, her life looks exciting and great; everyone looks up to her, she's hero, she's saving the city. What they don't see is Kamala, the scared girl whose powers can't do anything against disease. Who doesn't know what to do, whose life feels like it's falling apart. Through all of this, Ahmed creates a very emotional story where Kamala feels very human and relatable.
Kamala gets the chance to wear her new suit this issue- and it can fight with a mind of its own making for an interesting battle. And while the battle doesn't last long, at the end of the story, Kamala and Tony have a conversation about her dad, and it's a somber scene. During this conversation, the colors are muted and dark, which fits well with the subject matter.
Kamala has two options; take some time off as Ms. Marvel as she sorts out her emotions about her dad. OR throw herself wholeheartedly into being Ms. Marvel and fighting bad guys as a distraction. No matter what she chooses, she'll at least have her friends and family to help her out.