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Ms. Marvel (2015) #8

Previously in Ms. Marvel #7

Ms. Marvel #8 | Writer: G. Willow Wilson | Artists: Takeshi Miyazawa, Adrian Alphona | Colorist: Ian Herring with Irma Kniivila | Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna | Cover Artist: Cameron Stewart

Ms. Marvel #8

It’s always cool when tie-ins for big event series can provide a fresh perspective on the bigger picture and how it affects smaller communities. The major divide in Civil War II is how ethical it is to rely on an Inhuman’s visions of crimes that have yet to occur. Here, we see how Kamala Khan is placed in the middle, eager to please her mentor, Carol Danvers a.k.a. Captain Marvel.

Carol’s assignment puts Kamala in a role she’s never had: leader. She’s been a hero on her own and part of The Avengers, but now she’s the liaison between a small group of volunteer specialists and Ulysses, the Inhuman pre-cog. Together they act on his tips and stop crimes before they can be committed. On the surface, this arrangement is full of win because it will allow Kamala to not just get ahead of crime, but the rest of her life as well. She’ll have more time to concentrate on school and family.

Carol's Cadets

Thankfully, it’s a new member of her family who tries to make Kamala see reason. Her sister-in-law, Tyesha, explains to Kamala the danger of prosecuting people on things they might do or things they were thinking about doing. Yet, Kamala does as Carol instructed. How long she’ll be able to continue remains to be seen, especially since this issue ends with one of Ulysses’ tips leading her to the door of one of her friends – a scenario Tony Stark predicted back in Civil War II #1.

Kamala and Tyesha

This issue opened with a flashback to a family fleeing India for Pakistan back in the 1940s. The wife is pregnant and I’m assuming this is Kamala’s maternal grandmother. I hope to see more of Mrs. Khan since we know she’s aware of Kamala’s double-life and it would be interesting to see what kind of advice she’d give her daughter for this particular predicament.

I wasn’t completely sold on “Carol’s Cadets.” There really didn’t seem to be a purpose and they weren’t super-powered at all. They felt like more of a liability than a help.

Still, the story was filled with lots of heart – with Kamala’s conversation with Tyesha being the highlight. I have no doubt Kamala will come out on the right side of this, but (as always) it’s a lot of fun watching her education.

Ms. Marvel #8
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1 Comment on Ms. Marvel (2015) #8

  1. I just read this issue. Phenomenal. G. Willow Wilson is so good at taking the big events and distilling them down to the heart of who Kamala is so that we get an intimate story with large, real world consequences. Also that cold open was lovely.

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