Ms. Marvel

Ms. Marvel

Volume 5, Super Famous

Book - 2016
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Look out world, Kamala Khan is officially an Avenger! But will being one of Earth's Mightiest Heroes be everything she imagined? Or is life as a celebrity harder than she thought? But while saving the world is important, Jersey City still needs its protector too. A development company that co-opted Ms. Marvel's face might well have more in mind for gentrification than just real estate. Can Kamala take down the evil suits destroying her home without ruining her personal life? COLLECTS MS. MARVEL 1-6
Publisher: New York, New York : Marvel Worldwide, Inc., a subsidiary of Marvel Entertainment, LLC, ©2016.
ISBN: 9780785196112
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) :,chiefly colour illustrations ;,26 cm
Alternative Title: Super famous


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FindingJane Jun 29, 2017

With great power come great headaches. The idea that having incredible abilities or authority doesn’t solve all problems but may create new ones isn’t a new concept. (The tale of Damocles is one famous example.)

Kamala’s extracurricular activities are drawing fire, from her friends, family and enemies. This comic is a heady mix of drama and comedy and we can’t help but sympathize with Kamala as she keeps trying frantically to balance home, school, familial obligations and her superhero duties. The illustrator captures this in one hilarious image as we seen Kamala beset by her amorous brother, infuriated father…and Captain America. Yep, life is tough all over.

Matters aren’t helped when she runs into a diabolically clever villain, one who uses Ms. Marvel’s popularity against her. This makes for the best kind of story. Watching superheroes go up against weapon-sporting giant rodents or amphibians may be funny but the true enjoyment comes from watching them tackle the more subtle bad guys, the ones who can turn strengths into weaknesses and work sub rosa in a disturbing story about urban redevelopment. I suspect we haven’t seen the last of Dr. Faustus and I would welcome his reappearance in Ms. Marvel’s storyline.

When a new romance is added to the mix, Kamala’s feelings are thrown into further confusion. It emphasizes to her that life is rushing on for other people and that she needs to pay close attention if she’s not to be left out of the loop. She also displays an unexpected meanness that gives an edginess to her usually friendly character. It makes her more faceted than previously shown.

This comic shows some differences than the expected Marvel universe. Captain America is black and Thor is a female. Spider-Man is in a black costume with red accents this time (making me wonder if he’s a different Spider-Man from the one who teamed up with Kamala in the previous installment, no. 4). It all helps to provide diversity in this comic-verse without being heavy handed about it.

There are also the now-familiar touches of humor, like when we see a cat and mouse apparently being chummy together when Kamala surges around a corner, flyers advertising “Quicksand Awareness Week” and “Donate All Your Blood at Count Docula Family Physician” or a bit of exposition that’s announced by colorful graffiti. “Is this real life?” is another cute phrase that gets repeated; I’m surprised someone doesn’t break into Queen music. These elements make it a comic firmly aimed at juveniles but nestled amid adult concerns.

Ms. Marvel continues to entertain, inspire and thrill with her adventures and willingness to ask for help from others. This installment cements her as one of the better new supers out there.

Mar 27, 2017

By its sheer charm this series continues to rock! I'm happy to pass it on to my daughter after reading it. It serves to share about the lives of young people as well as the lives of religious people or people who belong to a faith.

Nov 28, 2016

Loved this volume. Loving this series so much. Check out my video review at .

Oct 12, 2016

The series continues its great blend of super hero fun and real life chaos.

KateHillier Sep 23, 2016

I was worried that this title would get lost in the most recent Marvel crossover event but it doesn't. It doesn't even let things started, or left hanging, in volume four get forgotten either.

Kamala has a lot on her plate: school, friends, super heroing, being an Avenger, her family. This is nothing new to the series but what this volume deals with is the painful consequences of not being fully present in your life and expecting the world to just hold until you're ready to deal with it. Kamala has to learn the power of her own limits which is something that she hasn't had to fully deal with yet. Everyone is growing up and moving on and Kamala is almost behind everyone even if she is ahead in other ways.

The storytelling is pure gold still, the art continues to be solid, and I will keep on happily reading.

mvkramer Aug 14, 2016

In this volume, Kamala deals with the classic superhero problem of trying to balance personal, academic and heroic commitments - by making clones of herself. This goes predictably and hilariously awry. meanwhile, her brother gets married and her friend/crush Bruno has moved on and gotten an adorable blue-haired GF. I love the combo of superheroics and personal drama. To her credit, Wilson makes both equally riveting. Very fun!

kirstd31 Aug 08, 2016

Another great Ms. Marvel tale.

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