A lot of “Ms. Marvel’s” storylines come to a close in “Ms. Marvel” #11 as G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona and Ian Herring give us the climactic battle between Ms. Marvel and the Inventor. What makes this issue particularly satisfying is that, in many ways, it lets Ms. Marvel apply everything she’s learned to date.
The biggest element on display in “Ms. Marvel” #11 is her understanding that wanting to take care of everything yourself and actually doing so are two different things; just because you have the desire doesn’t mean it’s the right decision. Kamala has developed from a bit of a loner to someone who works with those around her: Lockjaw, the kids she rescued, even the Jersey City Police Department. In the end, it’s her faith in them — and their faith in her — that allows her to become victorious.
Another key element of “Ms. Marvel” #11 is Wilson’s sense of humor. From the comments made by supporting characters on how they’re going to take down “bird guy” to lines about Mrs. Finkelstein the Home Ec teacher, Wilson’s script elicits chuckles without ever needing to be point-blank jokes. Plus, how can you not love when people are shouting to go free the giant teleporting dog? “Ms. Marvel” #11 revels in the ridiculousness of the Marvel Universe by playing it totally straight and letting us get a grin over everything that happens.
Alphona’s art is energetic and fluid, the perfect choice to draw a character who “embiggens” herself with a stretchy super power. The way Alphona draws Kamala’s hair cascading around her head (or standing on end in the world’s craziest afro after getting zapped by electricity) is fun to look at, and watching her slither through a series of gears is entertaining and bendy all at once. He can take moments like the Inventor’s bird-head look and make it both menacing and silly, thanks in part to giving him expressions that I never thought possible on a bird. He and Herring make the world of “Ms. Marvel” fun right alongside Wilson’s scripts, each performing their share of the proverbial heavy lifting.
“Ms. Marvel” #11 feels like a place where the series could have ended if the book had been cancelled. The fact that the book is thriving makes this issue that much more joyous, because we’ve got more “Ms. Marvel” to come in the months and years ahead. To repurpose a phrase from comics’ history: Make mine “Ms. Marvel.”