Written by: Sabir Prizada
Art by: Francesco Mortarino
Colors by: Dono Sánchez-Almara, Fernando Sifuentes
Letters by: VC’s Ariana Maher
Cover art by: Marco Checchetto, Matthew Wilson
Cover price: $3.99
Release date: January 11, 2023
Dark Web: Ms. Marvel #2 finds Kamala Khan entering (and quickly exiting) Limbo to confront the world’s greatest inventors resurrected in cyborg bird bodies. Meanwhile, the local Muslim community has a heart-to-heart with their mosque.
Is It Good?
Dark Web: Ms. Marvel #2 is a mess. It’s not even a fascinating mess. Dark Web: Ms. Marvel #2 is the kind of comic where the creators had no idea what to do, so they made up random nonsense on the fly and just went with it.
When last we left Kamala Khan, aka Ms. Marvel, aka KK, she was zapped away to Limbo by Chasm for some unexplained reason. Now, we catch up with KK as she wakes up in Limbo. Hang on. This gets weird.
KK encounters a bunch of Limbo demons and promptly smacks them down. She threatens to keep smacking them and talking unless they send her back home. They eagerly agree, and thus endeth KK’s Limbo adventure. That’s it. If Chasm had a plan to send KK to Limbo, it didn’t work or never came to pass.
But wait, that’s just the first few pages. There’s more.
KK returns to NYC to find her local mosque has come to life and is running around with people still inside. Before she can charge in to save the day, KK is attacked by the resurrected minds of the world’s greatest inventors inside hybrid-bird-cyborg bodies (apparently, bird DNA stabilizes the cloning process). The birds, led by Thomas Edison, attack KK for some unexplained reason.
Before the fight gets out of hand, Miles Morales/Spider-Man swings in to lend a hand. KK directs him to rescue the mosque attendees from the monsterized mosque while KK deals with the “birds.” Eventually, Miles helps broker a community discussion between the mosque and the mosque attendees to redress local social issues. KK is saved by her friend, Bruno, who zaps “Thomas Edison” with an EMP rifle.
What does any of this have to do with Dark Web? Nothing. Why did any of this happen? Who knows. I suppose it’s an effort to keep Ms. Marvel on the shelves, but nobody at Marvel thought you could do that with good storytelling, so this is what you get. Nonsense.
Every review should include something to say about the art, but in all honesty, it’s a struggle to see very good artwork wasted on this script. The art team deserves a cool drink and a warm hug for donating their talents to this mess.
About The Reviewer: Gabriel Hernandez is the Publisher & EIC of ComicalOpinions.com, a comics review site dedicated to indie, small, and mid-sized publishers.
Dark Web: Ms. Marvel #2 is an embarrassing misstep in an increasing number of embarrassing missteps for the Dark Web event. The plot is a random collection of events strung together, there’s nothing in this issue contributing to the Dark Web event as a tie-in, so there really isn’t much reason to read it.