Today’s Super Comic — Ms. Marvel #1 (2006)

Ms._Marvel_Vol_2_1In recent years, as Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers has become one of Marvel’s preeminent superheroes. She should have been an A-lister when she first became Ms. Marvel in the ‘70s, but writers have not always treated her character well. A supernatural pregnancy led to her leaving the Avengers, and later a pre-X-Men Rogue absorbed her powers and memories, stealing her very identity in the process.

Carol eventually reemerged as a superhero, first as Binary (not the name of an A-lister, for sure) and later as the alcoholic Warbird. By 2006, she was overdue for another shot at the Ms. Marvel title—and her own solo title—and in this series written by Brian Reed, she earns it.

The first issue acknowledges Carol’s tendency to go astray, and it establishes her determination to rectify that situation and become one of the greats.

That’s going to take time, as shown by her knee-jerk reaction of calling for the Avengers when an extraterrestrial threat appears. But she’s working at it.

As Captain Marvel today, Carol is one of the best superheroes in the Marvel Universe, as she should be. And this is where her resurgence began.

Writer: Brian Reed

Penciler: Roberto de la Torre

Inker: Jimmy Palmiotti

Publisher: Marvel Comics

How to Read It: back issues; Marvel Unlimited; Comixology; included in Ms. Marvel vol. 1: The Best of the Best (TPB)

Appropriate For: ages 13 and up

Today’s Super Comic: Ms. Marvel #17 (2015)

MSMARVEL17I continue to catch up on Ms. Marvel, and it continues to be a total delight. Not even getting caught up in a company-wide crossover can throw it off track. Rather, this Secret Wars tie-in allows Ms. Marvel the opportunity to team up with her idol, Captain Marvel.

Kamala’s initial reaction to meeting her own personal hero after a really rough day is priceless, and their interaction throughout the issue is handled wonderfully. Her youthful enthusiasm is infectious, and Carol Danvers’ patience with her young fan and encouragement of a promising young hero helps set a great, kind-hearted tone for the story.

Writer G. Willow Wilson gets this teenage superhero series exactly right. It’s funny, full of heart, and with a protagonist who tries to do the right thing no matter how difficult that is. If you want a superhero book that will put a smile on your face, check Ms. Marvel out.

“For a while, I just felt kind of weird and gross.”

“And now?”

“Now I feel weird and awesome!”

Writer: G. Willow Wilson

Artist: Adrian Alphona

Publisher: Marvel Comics

How to Read It: recent back issues; Marvel Unlimited; included in Ms. Marvel vol. 4: Last Days (TPB)

Appropriate For: ages 10 and up