Today’s Super Comic — Ms. Marvel #3 (2016)

Ms Marvel 3Renumbering hasn’t derailed the new Ms. Marvel’s quality. Writer G. Willow Wilson continues to demonstrate a superb grasp of what makes a great teen superhero book, and the result is a fun time for readers young and old.

Issue #3 raises the stakes by imperiling Kamala’s best friend through brainwashing, leading her to turn to an unexpected ally to help save him as well as the rest of Jersey City from an insidious plot. Wilson puts the focus on friendship without sacrificing any super-heroic excitement, and the approach works wonderfully. Not all of the individual pieces are wholly original, such as the teen soap opera elements or a superhero’s public perception problems, but they’re assembled expertly and at precisely the correct pace to create a consistently engaging read.

Best of all, Ms. Marvel provides an excellent role model for kids, one delightfully free of cynicism.

Writer: G. Willow Wilson

Artist: Takeshi Miyazawa

Publisher: Marvel Comics

How to Read It: recent back issues; Marvel Unlimited; Comixology; included in Ms. Marvel vol. 5: Super Famous (TPB)

Appropriate For: ages 10 and up