- Ms. Marvel #31
Written by: Saladin Ahmed, Rainbow Rowell, G. Willow Wilson
Art by: Elmo Bondoc, Gustavo Duarte, Nico Leon
Cover by: Valerio Schiti, Stephanie Hans
Catching Up With Ms. Marvel:
The past 50 issues of Ms. Marvel have been one heck of an adventure. We’ve seen Kamala really grow into her herself. She’s taken down bad guys both with the Avengers and without. Kamala grew close to Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, and even Tony Stark. She joined the Avengers and still went to school. The two sides of her were always at war until eventually, she broke. Everything was too much. Too stressful, even for a superhero. The strain ends up making her already tense friendship with Captain Marvel break as well. After several arcs, Ms. Marvel ends up leaving the city. She needs to recover who she is as a person, so she leaves to stop being a burden upon everyone else. Her friends are forced to take on the mantle of Ms. Marvel in her stead, and that’s where more goes wrong. Once Kamala returns, she’s forced to face her fears and insecurities as a hero. Oh, did I mention that Kamala Khan HAD HER FIRST KISS?
What Just Happened:
Kamala Khan is having her first ever sleepover! Wouldn’t you believe it, her mother actually agreed to this? While Kamala excitedly brings the girls in, she hopes that she doesn’t have to don her suit. Her friends must not find out her secret. (Too late for that, but I see why she’s concerned.) She ends up having to don her suit to help Lockjaw and a teleporting kitten multiple times. She even ends up on another world, which for Ms. Marvel, is surprising. Kamala gets to practice her kindness with a girl who was also affected by the same fog that mutated Kamala. The girl’s powers were not so fortunate, but her hair looks really cool. Once Kamala goes through wearing the suit multiple times to take down bad guys or help people, she realizes something huge. She hasn’t been true to herself. With that in mind, Kamala Khan takes one massive step forward.
Wow. I have been looking forward to this issue for quite a while. I’ve been following Ms. Marvel for quite some time now, and this blew me away. I absolutely love how far Ms. Marvel has come in 50 issues. Kamala Khan is one of my absolute favorite heroines, and I am so happy to see how she’s grown. This issue covered so much. From going through Kamala’s insistence on ever growing, to touching down on the fact that she still holds way too many secrets and has too much on her shoulders. I’m really happy that this issue brought on new talent to help really encourage more creativity with Ms. Marvel. It was beautiful, well drawn, and expressive. The writing was superb. The extra writers and artists didn’t take away at all. If you aren’t reading Ms. Marvel, why not? She’s really worth it, everyone. I have a fondness for heroines, but Ms. Marvel takes the cake for me in so many ways. Kamala Khan worked her way straight into my heart, and she’ll do the same for you.