When my husband buys me comic books, he (almost) always gets me the women-centered books, so a good chunk of our collective collection is given over to Jessica Jones, Spider Gwen, Captain Marvel, and, of course, Ms. Marvel (the exception of mine being a hardcover collection of the side stories from the Age of Apocalypse storyline which I ADORE). When I was looking for something to match my “Illustrated” Bingo square, I didn’t have to look far. One of the many great things about the new Ms. Marvel storyline is how fresh it feels. Here we are plopped straight into the life of Kamala Khan, the […]
CBR11 Bingo Square: Travel Now perhaps the characters in this story don’t journey far beyond their city (though they do end up in the outskirts) and largely travel within it in a physical sense, but this novel also includes a journey to an unseen world of djinn, and therefore I picked it for the Travel square for CBR bingo. Alif the Unseen centers around a young hacker who goes by the pseudonym Alif, in an unnamed city along the Persian Gulf. This city is a security state, and he provides services to any dissidents who want to speak freely. After […]
Bingo Square : Illustrated I haven’t been in to comic books since for about 30 years, back when I would beg my mom to buy me Archie at the checkout of the grocery store and finish it before we got home. Ms. Marvel really has changed that. Kamala Khan is an American teenager living in Jersey City, New Jersey and dealing with regular teenage stuff- school, her parents’ expectations, and the occasional boy trouble. The big difference is that Kamala’s boy trouble is usually because the ‘boy’ is a villain and she has to defeat him to be home […]
#CBR11 Bingo: Illustrated Ms. Marvel, vol 3: Crushed – 4 stars Kamala faces a new, terrifying threat: Excessive feelings! 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 in an attempt to capture Asgard’s most annoying trickster! Yup, it’s a special Valentine’s Day story featuring Marvel’s favorite charlatan, Loki! And when a mysterious stranger arrives in Jersey City, Ms. Marvel must deal with…a crush! Because this new kid is really, really cute. What are these feelings, Kamala […]
CBR11 Bingo: Far and Away Although this novel could be used for a number of different bingo squares, I chose it for Far and Away, as it is far away from me in not just physical location, but also in time-period and culture. The Bird King takes place in 1491 Granada, at the end of reign of the last Sultan on the Iberian peninsula, as the Spanish Inquisition closes in on the once large, but now dwindling empire. The main focus is on the journeys of Fatima, a young concubine of the Sultan’s, and her best friend Hassan, the palace […]
And so marks the end of G. Willow Wilson’s tenure on Ms. Marvel, something she thought wouldn’t last beyond a handful of issues, but has now gone on for seven years, and Kamala herself is flourishing at large in the Marvel Comics universe—or so I’ve heard, because I just can’t with superhero comics for the most part. They are too interconnected and I can’t read them all, it’s impossible, so I will read almost none of them instead. I have been making an exception for Ms. Marvel for several reasons: Firstly because Kamala Khan is a damn delight, and second […]
Earlier this year I accidentally read the fourth Ms. Marvel graphic novel before the third, Ms.Marvel: Crushed. Instead of immediately going back and reading number three I went on to read other things. When I was ready to pick it up, I couldn’t find it, the house seemed to have eaten it. About two weeks ago it resurfaced and I decided to save it to complete my cannonball. Sosuke is not as thrilled as I am, since his nap was disturbed to take this photo. Ms. Marvel: Crushed is everything I’ve come to expect from the Ms. Marvel comics. They are […]
Narfna and I have talked about it and we agree – G. Willow Wilson’s run of Ms. Marvel is consistently one of the best comic books out there. It’s hard for us to keep repeating ourselves on this – It’s great and you should be reading it.