The Super-Skrull’s Redemption: The Magnificent Ms. Marvel Annual #1 Reviewed

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
A Kree calling himself “Captain Miracle” meets with Skrull Emperor Kl’rt, aka the Super-Skrull. This Kree offers the Super-Skrull the chance to restore Throneworld and take vengeance on Earth and its heroes in one fell swoop. All Kl’rt must do is use a device that this Captain Miracle has on a being with a powerful “metamorphic scaffold,” and they can be used to remake an entire world and its people–while likely killing the subject. Captain Miracle points the Super-Skrull in the direction of Ms. Marvel of Earth to accomplish this task. Kl’rt wants the perfect opportunity to use the device on Ms. Marvel, so he masquerades as “Captain Hero” in Jersey City to get her attention.

The Magnificent Ms. Marvel Annual #1 cover by Stefano Caselli and Andres Mossa
The Magnificent Ms. Marvel Annual #1 cover by Stefano Caselli and Andres Mossa

Magnificent Ms. Marvel Annual #1 kicks off the “Acts of Evil” story that will stretch across a number of Annual comics this year, starting with a showdown between Ms. Marvel and the Super-Skrull.
It references some of the major points of Skrull Empire history, and that appropriately drives the plot of the book and Kl’rt’s actions. Consequently, this is actually more Super-Skrull’s story than Ms. Marvel’s, and it turns out that Kl’rt is a compelling lead.
Magdalene Visaggio inserts a lot of ironic humor relying on some classic comic book cheese, and that adds some additional flavor to the read, “Captain Miracle” and “Captain Hero” being high points in the comic.
The Magnificent Ms. Marvel #1 art by Jon Lam, Msassyk, and letterer VC's Joe Caramagna
The Magnificent Ms. Marvel #1 art by Jon Lam, Msassyk, and letterer VC’s Joe Caramagna

Jon Lam’s artwork gives the book an appropriately fluid art style that suits both Ms. Marvel and Super-Skrull. It also bestows an expressiveness to even the alien Kl’rt. Msassyk is the color artist on this venture, and the palette is vibrant and often strange–it looks damn good.
The Magnificent Ms. Marvel Annual #1 makes a promising first step for the “Acts of Evil” crossover. It’s a villain-centric issue that brings Super-Skrull into conflict with the ever-delightful Kamala Khan. It’s a good read and easily worth a recommendation. Feel free to give this one a read.
The Magnificent Ms. Marvel Annual #1 comes to us from writer Magdalene Visaggio, artist Jon Lam, color artist Msassyk, letterer VC’s Joe Caramagna, cover artist Stefano Caselli with Andres Mossa, and variant cover artists David Baldeon with Andres Mossa; and John Tyler Christopher.
Final Score: 8.5/10

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