Only two this month for my graphic novels mini reviews, one of which was actually out in January. Both, though, take on different cultures and themes, which I actually hadn’t realized until I was writing this post. With Dr. 2 set partially in Shanghai, and Ms. Marvel’s protagonist as a Pakistani-American girl.
Taking place 100 years after WWII, in 2045, a masked doctor is summoned by law enforcement to examine a body that seems to have died of mysterious causes. This issue one is an intro to the full graphic novel Dr 2: A Feast of Scents.
I love the minimalist, geometric style of artwork. It’s the first issue, setting up the rest of the series so the general plot was still a bit up in the air until I read the creators’ blurbs at the end talking about the origin of the character and story idea. I love that it’s set in Shanghai as well as NYC, it’s a nice change of environment. A lot of this issue was scenic with “explosion” conversation bubbles as voice overs. I’m definitely intrigued for the future issues – Dr. 2 shows promise for a unique graphic novel series.
Kamala is a young teenager, a 16-year-old Muslim girl who wants nothing more than to be a superhero and/or be blonde and popular – neither of which seem very likely. She embraces yet struggles between the two cultures in her life: her American peers & her Pakistani family when she sneaks out to a “cool kids” party only to have her life change in an instant.
LOVED this! I’ve often been a fan of Marvel comics and I absolutely loved that this showcases a different culture! I’m so excited for this series and can’t wait for the next issue.