Ms Marvel OHC3
Wow, this was excellent and it really shouldn't have been. It got lumbered with a Civil War 2 tie-in story that should have wrecked it, but instead Wilson went and played a blinder of a hand with that card. Sure, she has form for doing this, the way Secret Wars got adapted into the story was a masterclass in how to do it, but here it goes much further than that.
And before that? Before that a story is spun about Kamala getting in over her head, taking on too much and desperately avoiding any recognition of doing so. It's a road a lot of people will have walked, albeit without superpowers. Wilson also manages to de-fang the pain in the arse 8 month time-jump Marvel inflicted on all their post-Secret Wars books to her advantage too, by using it to explain Bruno's new girlfriend. At the same time there's family issues to factor, oh and HYDRA turn up as well. Before it's done a legion of Kamala clones run riot, a giant dinosaur is deployed as a counter-measure and it all goes quite gloriously nuts from there, but resolves well.
Now the Civil War 2 arc.... Splicing in the backstory of Kamala's family, all the way back to the partition of India in 1947, this instantly renders what could have been a very dumb story into a very smart one. Kamala is drawn into it all by someone she trusts, but is massively letdown by. She also gets lumbered with a bunch of fascist wannabes who are all too quick to subscribe to the idea of winning by ripping up the rulebook. It's also shown that, like its predecessor, Civil War 2's central concept is emotional, but most of the time emotion makes for bad law and so it proves here - albeit it with help from Canadian ninjas!
Had the story ended at #11, it would have still been a nasty, company-inflicted mess, but instead #12 manages to take the previous couple of issues of total disaster for Kamala and blunt them, while at the same time acting as a very neat endpoint for the immigrant history story that's ran in the background of this second half.
Art for the 12 issues is generally excellent, it's superb and equally adept at nailing the small, emotional family scenes as the big fight punch-ups.
I do consider that I had excellent reason to be very wary of the CW2 tie-in, but what the book did with it was inspired.
So, when's OHC4 out?
EDIT: Couple more reads:
Hellboy: Into the Silent Sea
This is exactly what you would expect it to be: A well told mystery tale that Hellbiy winds up being involved in. Those familiar with the Mignolaverse will recognise a good few elements and very quickly agree with Hellboy - this undertaking is not a good idea, but when did that ever stop anyone? This story also demonstrates that an author does not have to try to surprise, sometimes it'll be very good to deliver exactly what was expected, but with a tweak or two.
It'll be no surprise to anyone that this is an excellent presented slim hardback volume. I don't think it merits a RRP of £12.50 but as I nabbed it for under £8, I consider that a far more fitting price.
An alternate western, but one very distinct from the likes of East is West, this story enjoys playing with audience expectations, by having a Chinese gunslinger as the lead. Pak then splices in a smidgen of horror and a whole lot of magic to complete the cocktail. Does it work? I think it does. Might there be more? Perhaps one day but it doesn't seem like it for now. If you're after a compact, done-in-one 4-parter that tries to do something a bit different with the western genre, give this a whirl.