Ms. Marvel (2006 Series) #11
Quick Rating: Very Good
The Doomsday Man returns, and wants revenge on Carol.
Writer: Brian Reed
Pencils: Roberto De La Torre
Inks: Jon Sibal
Colors: Chris Sotomayor
Letters: Dave Sharpe
Editor: Bill Rosemann & Warren Simons
Cover Art: Travel Foreman
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Carol finally gets a chance to have an honest-to-gosh, old fashioned date. Not with another superhero, not with a secret agent, but with an ordinary guy who seems pretty darn good for her. (This means there’s at least a 75 percent chance he’ll turn out to be a supervillain three issues from now, but I digress.) Her date is ruined, however, when her old enemy Doomsday Man breaks out of his confinement deep in an AIM base, seeking revenge.
Brian Reed has done a good job with this comic, juggling the elements of Carol’s previous incarnations with the issues of the current Marvel Universe. Doomsday Man couldn’t pick a worse time to pop up again, which of course makes it the best time to bring him into the story. I also find that I’ve really started to the enjoy the unlikely mentor/sidekick relationship Carol is developing with Arana, whom I’ve never actually been a fan of before. She really seems to work in this book though. I believe her as a young hero who sees Carol as somebody to look up to, and I like how Carol has taken her under her wing.
De La Torre and Sibal’s artwork seems just a little off this issue – not as clean or succinct as usual. Most of the book is fine, but there are a few scenes that look a little sketchy, particularly the date scene. The writing in that scene is great, but the faces don’t quite work and the poses are sort of awkward.
The character dynamics alone makes this a worthwhile issue, even if the art isn’t quite up to snuff.