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East of West, Vol. 1: The Promise and Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal | Mini-Reviews

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East of West, Volume 1: The Promise by Jonathan Hickman, art by Nick Dragotta, colored by Frank Martin, and lettered by Rus Wooton
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Ms. Marvel, Volume 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson, illustrated by Adrian Alphona


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East of West, Volume 1: The Promise by Jonathan Hickman, art by Nick Dragotta, colored by Frank Martin, and lettered by Rus Wooton. East of West, collected, #1.

My copy: Image Comics, September 2015. Paperback, 152 pages.

Source: Library.

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Synopsis:

This is the world. It is not the one we wanted, but it is the one we deserved. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse roam the Earth, signaling the End Times for humanity, and our best hope for life, lies in DEATH.

Collecting: East Of West 1-5


Thoughts on East of West, Volume 1: The Promise:

What I liked:

  • It was hellishly entertaining! The Three Horsemen of the Apocalypse and Death (the fourth Horseman, who has broken away from the group) wreaking havoc across the world? Only Death is actually potentially trying to SAVE it? I loved every moment.
  • I loved the dystopian sci-fi/western setting. The mash-up worked perfectly, and I appreciated the mix of cultures and ethnicities present in the story, too.
  • Death and Xiaolian. ❤ The most awesome, scary-ass couple power couple ever.
  • The artwork and colors were absolutely gorgeous. The caliber of artwork in comics and graphic novels these days is stellar.

What I didn’t like:

  • The “introduction” was very hard to understand, and I had to reread parts of it. I’m not going to try to explain it because I still don’t entirely understand it myself.
  • Parts of the story were pretty confusing. I spent a lot of the time not 100% sure of what was going on, but, honestly, this didn’t bother me very much. If you put aside that mess of an introduction, the rest of the comic is confusing in a good way.
  • Most of the characters were pretty hard to root for or be interested in. And often times the more interesting characters met their demise pretty quickly.

In conclusion: Volume 2 — here I come! ♦


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Ms. Marvel, Volume 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson, illustrated by Adrian Alphona. Ms. Marvel, collected, #1.

My copy: Marvel, October 2014. Paperback, 120 pages.

Source: Library.

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Synopsis:

Marvel Comics presents the new Ms. Marvel, the groundbreaking heroine that has become an international sensation!

Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City — until she’s suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! When Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she unlocks a secret behind them, as well. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to bear? Kamala has no idea, either. But she’s comin’ for you, Jersey!

It’s history in the making from acclaimed writer G. Willow Wilson (Air, Cairo) and beloved artist Adrian Alphona (RUNAWAYS)! Collecting MS. MARVEL (2014) #1-5 and material from ALL-NEW MARVEL NOW! POINT ONE #1.


Thoughts on Ms. Marvel, Volume 1: No Normal:

What I liked:

  • Kamala Khan, a Pakistani-American Muslim girl. About time superheroes weren’t all Caucasian. I liked Kamala. I understood her feelings about being part of two cultures and trying to fit into both.
  • I appreciated how Kamala really acted like a teenager, going through social hiccups and figuring out how to deal with growing up and solving problems.
  • Seeing as this is my very first Marvel comic (or superhero comic in general), and I haven’t seen any of the Marvel movies (or DC movies…), I really liked Ms. Marvel’s powers. Some instances reminded me of The Incredibles. (Sorry, I just have nothing else to reference!)

What I didn’t like (as much):

  • I felt like all the characters were pretty stereotypical, but this didn’t really bother me. This is only the beginning of Kamala’s journey as Ms. Marvel. I am confident she and her family and friends will be fleshed out in later issues.
  • The artwork was fine, but it didn’t blow me away. (I’m spoiled by the amazing art of Saga, The Wicked + the Divine, Amulet, East of West, and others.) Still, I enjoyed the visuals and thought that the colors were pretty neat.

In conclusion: Ms. Marvel, Volume 1: No Normal is a good introduction to Kamala’s new life as a superhero. I wasn’t blown away, but I did enjoy this fun and fast-paced comic. I’ll definitely be picking up the next volume. ♦


Have you read East of West, Vol. 1: The Promise?
How about Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal?
If you haven’t, would you be interested to?
What are some comics you’ve read and recommend me?
And which Marvel superhero is your favorite?
Comment below letting me know!
And, as always, happy reading!

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