By Brian Reed (Writer), Sana Takeda (Artist), Luke Ross (Pencils on pgs. 1-3 & 17-22), and Rob Schwager (Colors on pgs. 1-3 & 17-22)

Some Thoughts Before The Review: I’ve been enjoying the new direction of Ms. Marvel a whole lot. It’s a nice blend of new and old that works far better than anyone could have expected. While I’m not so sure about how Brian Reed is setting up the future of his series, I’ll let things play out a bit longer before I really make a final decision on it…

The Story: Deadpool gets hired by A.I.M. to retrieve the “storyteller” babies that Karla Sofen (the current Ms. Marvel) got control of in the last issue. Meanwhile, the mysterious glowing figure battles Ms. Marvel and a few of the other Dark Avengers for control of the babies.

What’s Good and What’s Not So Good: In the latest issue of Ms. Marvel, Brian Reed keeps the series moving at a breakneck pace. While the odd storyline is pushed to the side in favor of explosive action and character work that should help people become more familiar with the current Ms. Marvel, there’s still enough plot development to keep it from being completely overwhelmed by all the punching, flying, and energy blasting. Oh, and for those of you wondering, Deadpool, Spidey, and Wolverine actually serve something of a purpose, are well written, and aren’t simply tacked on for the sake of selling a few more books (though I’m not sure I’d call any of the guest stars truly necessary to the plot).

The visuals in Ms. Marvel #40 look pretty great all around. That said, it’s incredibly jarring to go from Luke Ross and Rob Schwager to Sana Takeda and then back to the first art team. Ross’ style could not be more different from Takeda’s and, as a result, the latest issue of Ms. Marvel never feels like a cohesive package.

Luke Ross handles all of the Deadpool, Spider-Man, and Wolverine stuff. His Spider-Man is fantastic, though his Deadpool, while expressive, looks a bit off. As for the Wolverine scene, Ross handles “He who appears far too much” rather well, even if the action of the scene seems a bit tame compared to what’s seen earlier in the book.

Sana Takeda once again makes Ms. Marvel feel unlike anything else that Marvel puts out. Her style is lush, rich, beautiful, and well suited to the type of action that Ms. Marvel delivers. Sure, her style isn’t for everyone, but it’s definitely something I’m a fan of.

Now even though I’m a big fan, that doesn’t mean that I can ignore some of the flaws of Takeda’s work. My biggest complaint is that the some of the action is too explosive for its own good. It makes pages feel rather cluttered and panel progression more difficult to follow than it should be. Also, what’s with Ms. Marvel’s breasts getting larger as the pages go by?

Conclusion: Be sure to give Ms. Marvel #40 a shot. It looks mighty fine, advances an interesting story, and gives Karla Sofen the spotlight the character deserves.

Grade: B

-Kyle Posluszny