Ms. Marvel

Ms. Marvel

Vol. 03, Crushed

Book - 2015
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"T+"--Page 4 of cover.
Love is in the air in Jersey City as Valentine's Day arrives! Kamala Khan may not be allowed to go to the school dance...but Ms. Marvel is! Well sort of - by crashing it attempting to capture Asgard's most annoying trickster! Yup, it's a special Valentine's Day story featuring Marvel's favorite charlatan, Loki, the Asgardian trickster god. And when a mysterious stranger arrives in Jersey City, Ms. Marvel must deal with ... crush! Because this new kid is really, really cute. What are these feelings, Kamala Khan?
Publisher: New York, NY : Marvel Worldwide, Inc., a subsidiary of Marvel Entertainment, LLC, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780785192275
0785192271
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 26 cm

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FindingJane Jun 24, 2017

There’s a new threat on the horizon—literally. However, before that happens, take time to look at the illustrations. I always knew New York was a weird place; that’s part of its charm. But evidently New Jersey has all sorts of bizarre elements lurking in the corners and I don’t mean superheroes. Here I spotted a man wielding a sword, a rat holding a lollipop and another rat in a tiny coat and hat. There are a man holding a pig and another man holding a sheep. There are tiny little people strolling around in yellow Hazmat suits.

But the comic swings back onto familiar ground as we see Kamala trying to regain her footing with her buddies and family. An impending apocalypse draws Kamala back to her friends—some of them happy to reconnect with her, others upset over her perceived withdrawal. Her big brother Aamir is undergoing his own crisis and the two engage in sibling bickering that is both amusing and distressing. Aamir may be becoming a superhero and it leads him to retreat from his sister in the belief that she simply can’t understand his problem. Ho nelly.

Connections are made in the oddest and most unexpected of places. Superhero team-ups abound; this one features Spider-Man and Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel’s inspiration and personal idol. Kamala’s reactions to both feature much fangirl squealing, much to their mutual bemusement. She wants to play it cool but, honest to Pete, if you met your idol, how calm would you be?

This is a storyline that keeps you guessing, but in a good way. Curveballs aren’t thrown in merely to upset the reader but to further plot, story and character developments. I really enjoy Kamala Khan as I haven’t any other comic book superheroine in a long time. I’m looking forward to future installments on her story.

FindingJane Jun 24, 2017

Underneath her superpowers, Kamala is your typical adolescent girl. She has familial issues and yearnings to be a part of her social circle. She also has Inhuman relatives, aggressive fighting training, a boyfriend who’s got superpowers and a city to protect. Balance is therefore…tricky.

In this volume, Kamala has less interaction with her family and more with outsiders. She deals with Loki, the god of mischief, and right away you can tell that she’s still got a lot of maturing to do. She comes charging through a skylight (not that old cliché) and immediately starts a brawl with him in a room filled with civilians. It’s not necessary and you desperately want someone to intervene and tell her to speak calmly instead of throwing punches. Loki himself complains about this behavior and you can’t help but agree with him.

The stories are very good, varied and unusual enough to be interesting. There’s a fair leavening of humor and heartbreak. You suspect she’ll put the pain behind her in short order but you can’t dismiss it. A heartbreak always feels like it’s going to be forever, no matter what your age. But Kamala isn’t involved with her boyfriend for very long and it seems that she’s more disappointed in him and baffled by her poor judgment than hurt.

The story I liked best is the one where she finally comes in contact with S.H.I.E.L.D.. In a surprising turn, the writer chose to have her deal with human members rather than the expected superheroes. Ms. Marvel meets Agent Coulson, a hard-nosed but caring and responsible adult. He doesn’t care for having her involved in the investigation but she swiftly proves her worth—with a little assistance. You get why Agents Jemma Simmons Phil Coulson are impressed with her. Kamala comes off as curious, intelligent, adaptable, sympathetic, willing to take direction, heed advice and follow orders. I also found myself liking the two agents. (They come off as being far more approachable than Nick Fury, who tends to be rather intimidating.)

This is a volume that I found myself re-reading more than once, having found it vastly more entertaining than the previous two. Here, Kamala isn’t just interacting with her closed circle of family, friends and fellow students. She’s branching out and making allies as well as enemies. In short, she’s growing up. That’s something to savor.

AL_LESLEY Nov 10, 2016

Back up to 4 stars for the third installment. This issue is pure Kamala and her friends and family again. You still get the action and the villans and tricks and loki cameo but you get to know Kamala better which I think is what was lacking in the 2nd one.

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VigilanteReads
Oct 30, 2016

Somehow this is one of my favorite volumes. I was confused. Really confused. I didn't know much about Secret Wars so I didn't understand exactly how the world was ending or why. That didn't matter, though. This was more about Kamala trying to protect her city, family, and friends. Managing the chaos happening as the world may very well be ending. She has hard choices to make.

Then, of course, Kamala meets her hero Captain Marvel. I loved their meeting and their whole team up. I feel like they both needed something from each other then. When the world is collapsing around them.

Also really liked the entire situation with Kamala's brother and how it went. I feel like he knows himself so well. Loved how protective he is of Kamala too. It was nice to see.

I love this series. Hope the world doesn't actually end from a planet crashing into it or whatever is going on. Liked this volume a lot.

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VigilanteReads
Oct 30, 2016

I really enjoyed this one. Kamala gets some great crossovers. Loki and Agents of Shield in this one. Loved seeing Jemma in a comic. I really need to go read the S.H.I.E.L.D comics.

I felt like the message about consent was a bit overdone almost. I was happy it was there at all but really pushed more than they needed to I think. The extended metaphor was really heavy-handed. Might also think that because it was a bit obvious how things would go in that part of the story to me.

Still love Bruno. He's a cinnamon roll that deserves good things. Don't let him die comic Gods.

Kamala is getting so much better with her powers and crime fighting. Loved seeing her training session. Excited to see more super crossovers because it seems to keep being one of my favorite parts of these comics.

kirstd31 Mar 01, 2016

Fun read! I was so excited to see Captain Marvel in this book.

mvkramer Feb 27, 2016

I love how this volume focuses on the personal side of an apocalyptic multiverse convergence. It's a very intimate story with a lot of good relationship moments for Kamala and her friends and family. But what's gonna happen?!

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tilejeni
Jan 24, 2016

this was such a good book. I had an outer body experience when reading this. it really helped with arthritis. I will never be the same again!!!!!!!

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ptv023
Jan 14, 2016

Strangely touching "finale" to this groundbreaking series.

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computergrease
Jan 13, 2016

Next issue needs to come out agggh

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