Ms. Marvel by author G Willow Wilson, Illustrations Jake Wyatt, Jaimie McKelvie, Kris Anka
This is the spoiler full review of Ms. Marvel issues 1-19 collected as volumes 1 and 2. If you would prefer to stay spoiler free but still want to read about how Ms. Marvel took up the Marvel name please visit here.
Ms. Marvel begins her story as young Kamala Khan. She is an average high school student who splits time between her Muslim family and her friends. She doesn’t really fit in at school and is somewhat naive about that.
She spends her free time writing fan fiction about the Avengers and especially her favorite hero Captain Marvel.
She wants to attend a big party with all of the popular kids but is strictly forbidden by her father. She sneaks out and has her first taste of alcohol, which she hates.
Kamala is so sweet. She’s just a big nerd who’s awkward and kind and wants to fit in but doesn’t change who she is to do it.
On her way home from the party she gets caught in the Terrigen Mists.
She’s about to discover that she’s an Inhuman. Within the Marvel Universe Inhumans are aliens on Earth whose powers can be awakened by the Terrigen Mists. She had no idea about any of this prior to getting caught in this mysterious fog.
She discovers that she can become a Captain Marvel lookalike with weird stretchy shape shifting powers. She uses her new powers to save the most popular girl at school from drowning. She promptly gets grounded for staying out past curfew.
Being a true Muslim girl she makes her uniform out of an old burkini she had. A burkini is a Muslim swimsuit designed with modesty in mind. She’s not going to be the super hero who shows off her skin, that’s for sure. This book never shies away from her heritage, she’s not just colored brown in order to fill a minority punch card, she’s actually a developed character within a different culture.
She is determined to figure out how her super hero powers work and what she is. She’s having a hard time triggering and controlling her powers but decides to step in and stop a convenience store robbery anyway.
She gets shot!
Whoa! Didn’t expect her to actually get hurt! Good thing she discovers she can heal herself as long as she’s in her true form. The kid who works at the convenience store has a big crush on her and wants to help her out in any possible way.
Their dumb teenage inexperience gets them captured by The Inventor.She manages to get them free but is now enemy number one for this bad guy.
She crosses paths with Wolverine who teaches her a couple of things, that’s his whole deal after all, being a mentor to young women. They rescue a young girl who’s being used as a human battery ala The Matrix. He then tells the Inhumans leader, Medusa, about her and they agree to give her some help in the form of Lockjaw, a very big dog.
I love how everyone is afraid of this big weird monster dog but she loves him immediately. And lucky for her because the dog has teleport powers.
Then a giant robot thing attacks her school and she gets injured as Ms Marvel. Medusa heals her and explains that she’s Inhuman but Kamala doesn’t want to leave her loving family.
She goes to rescue the rest of the human batteries but they say they’re there by choice. They’ve been brainwashed into thinking that their generation only has value as a source of power. That they’re otherwise leeches on society. Ms Marvel gives a powerful speech and convinces them otherwise. She’s the Gen Z leader they’ve needed!
I love her stepping into a leadership role naturally, she really commands a group.
Issue 12 is an odd one in the bunch about a weird sitcom kind of plot with the boy who has a crush on her and Loki and a school dance. It’s odd let’s push past it cause the run is about to go from good to great.
The real love interest in the form of an old family friend comes into play. Kamala and this young man really hit it off right away. He catches her transitioning back from Ms Marvel and admits that a love for nerdy stuff is not the only thing they have in common, he is also Inhuman.
She falls in love really quickly. But of course he’s evil, that’s how these things go. So he kidnaps her and brings her to the camp of evil Inhumans who want to destroy all humans, that old chestnut.
She declines the offer but he doesn’t take no for an answer. She knows that that’s a big freaking deal breaker. Smart girl. She kicks his ass and makes a total fool of him, like a boss.
The friend of hers that has a crush on her comes to help her after the fact and Kamala recognizes that he is a person of value, even if she’s not romantically interested in him.
She is so much stronger than I ever was at that age. She is the role model I wish I had had.
Unfortunately, jerk boy still got his Terrigen Mist bomb set off and Kamala’s brother is trapped in the impact. He’s affected but in ways that don’t line up with the typical Inhuman reaction, this will wait until a further run to be concluded.
Captain Marvel is on the scene to help and she tells Ms Marvel to prepare for the worst. For the worst worst, the end of the world worst.
Kamala confesses her identity to her mother and her mother is fine with it because she’s doing good in the world. Kamala’s friend confesses his love to her and she says she has to give everything she has to herself and being a hero.
I love her. I love that she doesn’t choose love.
The run ends with them having a heart to heart and then everything goes white.
Ms Marvel is a new era of teen super hero drama. She is strong, smart, and full to bursting with integrity. She never backs down on her upbringing, culture, religion, beliefs, and morals. She finds her place in the world much much earlier than most anybody else and should be admired.
I will very likely continue to read her story lines in the future. She is a new character who really shines and deserves many runs for years to come.
4.5/5 fists 👊🏽👊🏽👊🏽👊🏽👊🏽
If you like Ms. Marvel you might also like West Coast Avengers.
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Buy Volume 1 here: Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal
Buy Volume 2 here: Ms. Marvel Vol. 2