Review of Ms. Marvel vol. 4: Last Days by G. Willow Wilson

Ms. Marvel’s new run featuring Kamala Khan as Ms. Marvel has been marked by three things: Kamala fighting small-scale battles to defend Jersey City, crossovers featuring much better established characters in the Marvel universe, and Kamala dealing with being a Muslim child of immigrants to America.  The first and especially the last have been welcome; the second less so, but the crossovers have gotten better with time.  Volume 4 features what are probably the best two crossovers yet (at least other than the S.H.I.E.L.D. crossover) and perhaps the best peek into Kamala’s family life yet (at least since Volume 1).

Ms Marvel vol 4 cover

Volume 4 is the first volume since Volume 1 drawn entirely by Adrian Alphona—Yes!—with the exception of the included issue of Amazing Spider-Man.

Kamala finally gets to meet her idol and predecessor when Carol Danvers, now Captain Marvel.

Ms Marvel pic 6 second-rate moralizingThe volume also includes a Spider-Man comic in which Ms. Marvel appears (Peter Parker Spider-Man, not Miles Morales Spider-Man), as well as Silk, a post-radioactive spider bite woman.  The story is standard stuff, but effective, and it was cool for an old Spider-Man fan to see what he is up to these days.

The main storyline is based on a potential existential threat, but one that Ms. Marvel has no control over.  Presumably the big picture stuff is being covered in other comics.  I don’t care, though, because Ms. Marvel has always been at its best when it’s dealing with Kamala’s relationships with her family and friends.

Well, that and her sheer exuberance at being a superhero.

Well, that and her sheer exuberance at being a superhero.

5/5 Stars.

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