REVIEW: Marvel’s Dark Web: Ms. Marvel #1 | Popgen Tech
Ms. Marvel is at the center of this Dark Web tie-in to face an old enemy and save New York City from the Chasm and the Goblin Queen.
Dark Web: Ms. Marvel #1
- Pirzada said
- Francesco Mortarino
- Ariana Maher
- Cover Artist:
- Marco Checchetto, Matthew Wilson
- Release Date:
- Dono Sánchez-Almara
The clones of the Marvel universe band together to take what they think is rightfully theirs. Ben Reilly, formerly the Scarlet Spider, leads the demonic forces of limbo in New York City for the Goblin Queen, Madelyne Pryor. Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel, is trying to protect his fellow New Yorkers from hostile, otherworldly invaders. Amazing Spider-Man #15 gave fans a glimpse into her adventure, but this one-shot gives Kamala her chance to step into the spotlight. Written by Sabir Pirzada with artwork from Francesco Mortarino, colors by Dono Sánchez-Almara of Protobunker, and letters from Ariana Maher of VC, Dark Web: Ms. Marvel #1 leads up to the hero’s fateful encounter with Chasm.
Dark Web: Ms. Marvel #1 opens with the last moments of the Inventor from 2014 Ms. is amazing series. He tries to face Ms. Marvel and Lockjaw and ends up buried alive under a pile of his own creations. Now, freed from limbo, he returns to continue his reign of terror and to take revenge on Ms. Marvel. Meanwhile, Kamala struggles to find a work/life balance. He has to deal with scrutiny at home and avoid pointed questions at work. Fortunately for him, the demon’s onslaught allows him to blow off some steam.
Sabir Pirzada writes perfectly for the screen on the comic page, using a conventional three-act structure to give the story a fun, easy-to-read pace. Dark Web: Ms. Marvel #1 lets its protagonist speak through the turmoil surrounding him. Pirzada establishes Kamala’s strong personality through her interactions with her friends and co-workers. His battles with hordes of possessed machines only reinforce his fiery personality. The banter of demons seems to be more beautiful and funnier than any human conversation, delivering plenty of charm and comic relief. But as the issue progresses, Pirzada raises the stakes and leaves the reader on the edge of their seat.
Francesco Mortarino’s artwork brings a youthful energy to the book. His art resonates with the young hero’s burning emotions and inner feelings that find an outlet in his linework. The power of Ms. Marvel wreaks havoc as electrical wires flash and lines of motion unleash fury with Kamala’s punches. Unfortunately, some of Mortarino’s design choices prevent the reader from seeing the full range of his powers. Colorist Dono Sánchez-Almara does his best to tie all the elements together with his bright palette. But smoke and fire and enclosed spaces limit lighting options. But the colors are vibrant enough to make every scene a joy to read.
Dark Web: Ms. Marvel #1 is a fun story by Ms. Marvel. Kamala is still trying to figure out the next steps in her life on her own terms, and she’s adamant about making her own choices, right or wrong. But once the story finds its rhythm, all his worries go out the window as the chance to break his masked identity allows him to express himself freely. Dark Web: Ms. Marvel #1 needs time to explore Kamala’s feelings, but the creative team still prioritizes fun, entertaining action, making it a great addition to Dark Web event.